Ritayan Mitra

Ritayan Mitra

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University


  • PhD Earth Science: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, 2012
  • MS Geoscience: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2004
  • BS Geology: Presidency University, Kolkata, 2002

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Research Interests

Geoscience education research and STEM learning.
Role of political bias, affect and cognition in climate change discourse.
Role of technology in education.
Magnetic field variation in data poor regions of the world over the last few millennia.
Environmental and rock magnetism.


I am a geoscientist (archeo- and rock-magnetism) and an education researcher interested in finding out how people learn geoscience and how we can improve classroom teaching across STEM disciplines in general and geoscience in particular. I use both traditional education research techniques, such as PNP questionnaires and video recordings as well as advanced technologies such as eye-trackers, biometric sensors and student response systems to understand and improve learning processes in humans. I remain interested in archeo- and rock-magnetism and intend to work on collaborative and student-centered projects in the future. I believe in cross-pollination of ideas from different fields and hope to pursue cognition, education and geoscience with passion and relevance.