Dr. Shalima Puthiyaveettil

Assistant Professor

Science of Earth, Oceans, Space


    Assistant Professor


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Ph.D. Astrophysics India Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore 2006
MSc. Physics IIT Chennai 1999
BSc Physics Providence Womens College, Calicut 1997


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
MCNS, MAHE,Manipal Research Faculty 2019-2020
Regional Institue of Education, Mysore Assistant Professor Teaching 3 Years (2015 - 2018)
Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysore Assistant Professor Teaching, Research 2015-2018
IIA, Bangalore & IUCaa Pune DST SERB Young Scientest Fellow PDF 2012-2015
IUCAA Pune Postdoctoral Fellow Research 2011-2012
IIA, Bangalore Astrosat PDf Research 2006 - 2009

Earth and Planetary Science

Natural Sciences Dr. Vivek Pandi Dr. Shalima Puthiyaveettil Dr. Naimisha Vanik

The formation of planets and the evolution of the physical features and life-forms therein, and how they co-exist in space and time and influence each other, form the basis of our research. We study the tiny sub-micron-sized dust grains which are the building blocks of terrestrial planets as well as minor bodies such as planetesimals. We specifically focus on dust in asteroids and comets in the Solar system, the interstellar medium, and other astrophysical systems. Through this, we aim to understand the origin and evolution of planet Earth. Our current research emphasizes the co-evolution of land-forms and life-forms with a special focus on the Western Ghats which has witnessed major geological events for millions of years. We undertake geomorphic and geological investigations on different geocomposites of southern Western Ghats. We also study the diversity, distribution, and evolution of plants with extant and extinct flora. Our proximity to the Western Ghats and the rich biodiversity therein enables us to explore the fundamental questions that have long been unanswered. These studies are being undertaken in close collaboration with scientists from research institutes and universities in India and abroad.


Area of Interest

Minor bodies in solar system like asteroids and comets Variation of dust grain properties in different environments from molecular clouds to AGN

Area of Expertise

Radiative transfer modelling

Area of Research

Dust scattering properties in asteroids and ISM Comparing the UV and IR radiation in galaxies Comparing the MIR and X-ray emission in ULXs AGN torus models

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Astronomical Society of India (Life member)

A new technique for phase introduction in a two beam interferometer for amplitude image subtraction,

01/09/2001 N. Krishna Mohan V. V. Rao P.Shalima T. V. Chandra Sekhar

Journal of Optics. Page No: 95, Vol:30

Modelling of dust scattering toward the Coalsack

03/01/2004 P.Shalima Jayant Murthy


Dust Properties in the Far UV in Ophiuchus

01-11-2005 Sujatha N.V P. Shalima Jayant Murthy, R. C. Henry

The Astrophysical Journal. Vol:633; Page:257-261

FUV Scattering by Dust in Orion

18/01/2006 P. Shalima N. V. Sujatha Jayant Murthy R. C. Henry David J. Sahnow

MNRAS, 367, 1686

Measurement of Dust Optical Properties in the Coalsack Nebula

10/08/2007 N. V. Sujatha Jayant Murthy P. Shalima R. C. Henry

ApJ, 665, 36

TAUVEX flight calibrations: Plans and challenges

08/05/2009 M. Safonova P. Shalima Jayant Murthy

Bull. Astr. Soc. India. Vol: 37; Page:23–43

Modelling the diffuse radiation observed by Dynamics Explorer-1

10/08/2010 P. Shalima Jayant Murthy John D. Fix

MNRAS. Volume:408; Page:53

Mid-infrared and X-ray luminosity correlations of X-ray point sources in NGC1399

02/06/2013 P. Shalima

MNRAS, Volume:43; Page: 639

Dust properties from GALEX observations of a UV halo around Spica

25/07/2013 P Shalima Jayant Murthy Ranjan Gupta

EP&S. Volume: 65; Page:1123

Long term optical variability of bright X-ray point sources in elliptical galaxies V

04/04/2014 V. Jithesh R. Misra P. Shalima K. Jeena C. D. Ravikumar B. R. S. Babu

RAA. Volume:14; Page:1251

Ejecta curtain radiative transfer modeling for probing its geometry and dust optical properties

05/10/2015 P. Shalima K. Wada H. Kimura

Planetary and Space Science. Volume 116;Pages 39-47

The Dust Content and Radiation Fields of Sample of Galaxies in the ELAIS-N1 Field

03/08/2015 P. Shalima R. Gogoi Amit Pathak R. Misra Ranjan Gupta D. B. Vaidya


Comparison of diffuse Infrared and Far-Ultraviolet emission in the Large Magellanic cloud: The data

15/11/2016 Gautam Saikia P. Shalima R. Gogoi A. Pathak

Planetary and Space Science. Vol:133, Pages 90-96

The distribution of Infrared point sources in nearby elliptical galaxies

03/02/2018 R. Gogoi R. Misra P. Shalima

New Astronomy. Vol:59, February 2018, Pages 21-27

Probing the Infrared counterparts of diffuse Far-Ultraviolet sources in the Galaxy

01/12/2017 G. Saikia P. Shalima R. Gogoi A. Pathak, et.al

Planetary and Space Science. Vol:149, 1 December 2017, Pages 77-82

Probing the Physics of Narrow Line Regions in Active Galaxies IV: Full data release of The Siding Spring Southern Seyfert Spectroscopic Snapshot Survey (S7)

01/09/2017 Adam D. Thomas

ApJS. Page:232, Vol:1

Modeling the diffuse UV emission around Orion

03/03/2018 G.Saikia P.Shalima R.Gogoi

MNRAS. Vol:476; Page:4690–4696, Advance Access publication

Thirty Meter Telescope Detailed Science Case: 2015


Warren Skidmore et al. RAA, 15, 12,

Hot graphite dust in the inner regime of NGC4151

10/02/2021 Subhashree Swain P. Shalima K V P Latha Krishna B. S. Swamy

MNRAS, 503, 5877

Multiwavelength study of NGC 1365: The obscured active nucleus and off-nuclear compact X-ray sources

02/02/2023 Subhashree Swain Gulab Chand Dewangan P Shalima Prakash Tripathi K V P Latha

Page; 3712-3724; Volume 520, Issue 3.