Deepak Dhingra

PhD (Brown University, USA)

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Science


Research Interest



  • Ph.D. Brown University, USA
    PhD thesis title: Integrated Mineralogy & High Resolution Geologic Context of Lunar Impact Melt Deposits: Implications for Crustal Diversity & the Impact Cratering Process
    PhD thesis supervisor: Prof. Carle Pieters
  • M.Tech Applied Geology, IIT Roorkee, India
  • B.Sc.(Hons)Geology, Hans Raj College, Delhi University, India



ES311A Mineralogy & Crystallography


ES312A Field Geology I

  • Bhatt M., Wohler C., Dhingra D., Thangjam G., Rommel D., Mall U., Bhardwaj A. and Grumpe A. (2017) Compositional studies of Mare Moscoviense: New perspectives from Chandrayaan-1 VIS-NIR data, Icarus, In Press

  • Dhingra D., Matthew M. Hedman, Roger N. Clark. Phillip D. Nicholson (2017) Spatially resolved near-infrared observations of Enceladus’ tiger stripe eruptions from Cassini VIMS, Icarus, 292, 1-12

  • Dhingra D., J. W. Head and C.M. Pieters (2017) Geological mapping of impact melt deposits at lunar complex craters: New insights into morphological diversity, distribution and the cratering process, Icarus, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.05.004

  • Dhingra D., C. M. Pieters and J.W. Head (2015) Multiple origins of olivine at Copernicus crater, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 420, 95-101

  • Pieters C.M. K.D. Hanna, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, T. Prissel, C. Jackson, D. Moriarty, S. Parman and L.A. Taylor (2014) The distribution of Mg-Spinel across the Moon and constraints on crustal origin, American Mineralogist, 99, 1893–1910

  • Prissel T.C., S.W. Parman, C.R.M. Jackson, M.J. Rutherford, P.C. Hess, J.W. Head, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, and C.M. Pieters (2014) Pink Moon: The petrogenesis of pink spinel anorthosites and implications concerning Mg-suite magmatism, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 403, 144-156

  • Dhingra D., C.M. Pieters, J.W. Head, P.J. Isaacson (2013) Large mineralogically-distinct impact melt feature at crater Copernicus: Evidence for retention of compositional heterogeneity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1-6, doi: 10.1002/grl.50255

  • Dhingra D., C.M. Pieters, J.W. Boardman, J.W. Head, P.J. Isaccson and L.A. Taylor (2011) Compositional diversity at Theophilus crater: Understanding the geological context of Mg-Spinel bearing central peaks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L11201, doi: 10.1029/2011GL047314

  • Kramer G.Y., S. Besse, D. Dhingra and 10 others (2011) M3 spectral analysis of lunar Swirls and the link between optical maturation & surface hydroxyl formation at magnetic anomalies, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G18, doi: 10.1029/2010JE003729

  • Pieters, C. M., S. Besse , J. Boardman , B. Buratti, L. Cheek , R.N. Clark , J. P. Combe, D. Dhingra and 19 others (2011) Mg-spinel lithology: A new rock type on the lunar farside, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G08, doi:10.1029/2010JE003727

  • Nettles, J. W., M. Staid, S. Besse, J. Boardman, R. N. Clark, D. Dhingra, P. Isaacson, R. Klima, G. Kramer, C. M. Pieters, and L. A.Taylor (2011) Optical maturity variation in lunar spectra as measured by Moon Mineralogy Mapper data, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G17, doi:10.1029/2010JE003748

  • Staid, M. I., C. M. Pieters, S. Besse, J. Boardman, D. Dhingra, R. O. Green, J. W. Head, P. Isaacson, R. Klima, G. Y. Kramer, J. F. Mustard, C. Runyon, J. M. Sunshine, and L. A. Taylor (2011) The mineralogy of late stage lunar volcanism as observed by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on Chandrayaan-1, J. Geophys. Res., 116, E00G10, doi:10.1029/2010JE003735

  • Green, R. O., C. M. Pieters, P. Mouroulis, M. Eastwood, J. W. Boardman, T. Glavich, P. J. Isaacson, M. Annadurai, S. Besse, D. C .Barr, B. J. Buratti, D. Cate, A. Chatterjee, R. N. Clark, L. C. Cheek, J. P. Combe, D. Dhingra and 37 others (2011) The Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) imaging spectrometer for lunar science: Instrument description, calibration, on-orbit measurements, science data calibration and on-orbit validation, J. Geophys. Res., 116, doi: 10.1029/2011JE003797.

  • Dhingra D. (2008) Exploring links between crater floor mineralogy and layered lunar crust, Adv. in Space Res., 42, 275 – 280

  • Dhingra D., N. Bhandari, P.N. Shukla, S. V. S. Murty, R. R. Mahajan, G. M. Ballabh (2004) Spectacular fall of the Kendrapara H5 chondrite, Meteor. & Planet. Sci., 39(8), Supplement, A121-A132
    Bhandari N., V. Adimurthy, D. Banerjee, N. Srivastava and D. Dhingra (2004) Chandrayaan-1 Lunar polar orbiter: Science goals and payloads,  Proc.  International Lunar Conference 2003 / ILEWG 5, Hawaii, 33-42
    Dhingra D. and G.J. Chakrapani (2004) Estimation of silicate weathering in the upper Ganga river basin in the Himalayas, India, Himalayan Geology, 25 (2), 139-144

  • Publication Under Review:
    Hedman M. M., D. Dhingra, P. D. Nicholson, C. J. Hansen, G. Portyankina, S. Ye and Y. Dong (2017) Spatial variations in the dust to gas ratio of Enceladus’ Plume, Icarus, Under Review

  • Dhingra D. (2012) Un-mixing the Moon - Gaining new insights into lunar evolution, Signatures, Special issue on Remote Sensing for Astronomy and Planetary Science, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Ahmedabad Chapter, 23(4), 78-82 [Invited Contribution]

  • Dhingra D. (2015) Remote sensing studies of impact melt deposits on the Moon, PLANEX Newsletter, 5(2), 12-16 [Invited Contribution]

  • Project Associate, PLANEX Programme, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India (2002-2004)

  • Scientist SC, PLANEX Programme, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India (2004-2009)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Idaho, USA (2014-2017)

  • Research Assistant, Geological Sciences, Brown University, USA (March 2007 – May 2007)

  • Visiting Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), USA (April 1-30, 2009)

Book Chapters:

Dhingra D. (2017) Lunar Impact Melt Deposits, Encyclopedia of Lunar Science, Editor. B. Cudnik, Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-05546-6_22-1

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