Joyashish Thakurta

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Joyashish Thakurta
Assistant Professor
(269) 387-3667
(269) 387-5513
1123 Rood Hall, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2008
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, 2003
  • M.Sc., Jadavpur University, 2000
  • B.Sc., University of Calcutta, 1998
Research interests: 
  • Origin of magmatic and hydrothermal sulfide mineral deposits
  • Origin of Ural-Alaskan type complexes
  • Economic mineral deposits in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Dr. Joyashish Thakurta is assistant professor of igneous petrology and economic geology in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University. Thakurta focuses his research on the origin of magmatic intrusive bodies and the occurrences of magmatic and hydrothermal sulfide mineral deposits of base and precious metals associated with such intrusions. He emphasizes the economic importance of Ural-Alaskan type complexes and its origin. He works on the petrogenesis and geochemical characterization of a selected group of Ural-Alaskan type complexes in southeastern Alaska. Thakurta is interested in the metallic sulfide mineral deposits located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan related to the Penokean orogeny (1.8 Ga) and the magmatic events associated with the formation of the Mid-continent Rift system (1.1 Ga). He is also interested in applications of stable isotope geochemistry in high temperature geological processes. He operates a Delta-V isotope ratio mass-spectrometer in his Economic Geology Laboratory for the collection of stable isotope data.

Recent Publications

  • Sun, T.; Qian, Z.; Thakurta, J.; Yang, S.; Xu, G.; Duan, J.; Tang, M. and Wang, J., Geochemical and petrological studies on the Early Carboniferous Sidingheishan mafic-ultramafic intrusion in the southern margin of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, NW China, Lithos, in review.
  • Thakurta, J., 2015, Surficial Geology of the Vulcan 7.5 Minute Quadrangle, Dickinson County, Michigan, Surficial Geologic Map Series SGM-15-02, scale 1:24000.
  • Su, B.X., Qin, K.Z., Zhou, M.F, Sakyi, P.A., Thakurta, J., Tang, D.M., Liu, P.P., Xiao, Q.H and Sun, H., 2014, Petrological, geochemical and geochronological constraints on the origin of the Xiadong Ural-Alaskan type complex in NW China and tectonic implication for the evolution of southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt, Lithos, vol. 200-201, pp. 226-240,doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2014.05.005.
  • Thakurta, J., Ripley, E.M. and Li, C., 2014, Platinum group element geochemistry of sulfide-rich horizons in the Ural-Alaskan type ultramafic complex of Duke Island, southeastern Alaska, Economic Geology, vol. 109, pp. 643-659.
  • Li, C., Ripley, E.M., Thakurta, J., Stifter, E. and Liang, Q., 2013, Variations of highly chalcophile elements in arc ultramafic cumulates, Alaska: Subarc mantle signature and the effects of Pt-alloy and sulfide segregation during magma evolution, Chemical Geology, vol. 351, 15-28.

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