Research Interests

​Qualitative and quantitative comparative analysis of Modern and Ancient Carbonate Depositional systems by utilizing photogrammetry, multi-beam sonar, core, well-logs, and seismic.


Selected Publications

  • Submerged reef terraces in the Maldivian Archipelago (Indian Ocean)
    A. Rovere, P. Khanna, C. Nike Bianchi, A.W. Droxler, C. Morri, D. Naar
    Geomorphology, (2018)
  • Coralgal reef morphology records punctuated sea-level rise during the last deglaciation
    P. Khanna, A.W. Droxler, J.A. Nittrouer, J.W. Tunnell Jr., T.C. Shirley
    Nature Communications, v.8, 1046, (2017)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Geology, Rice University, Houston, USA, 2017
  • M.Sc., Geology, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2012
  • B.Sc. (H), Geology, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​03/2018 – Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 06/2016 – 08/2016: Summer Intern - Sneider Exploration, Houston, USA
  • 08/2014 – 09/2014: Summer Intern - Carbonate Producibility Group, Statoil, Bergen, Norway
  • 05/2014 – 07/2014: Summer Intern - ETC- Carbonate R&D, Chevron, Houston, USA   
  • 06/2013 - 08/2013: Summer Intern - Seismic Interpretation, TGS, Houston, USA
  • 02/2013 - 11/2015: Student Assistant - GIS/Data Centre, Rice University, Houston, USA
  • 06/2011 – 07/2011: Summer Intern - I.I.S.E.R Kolkata – Kolkata, India
  • 06/2009 - 07/2009: Summer Intern - Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • 06/2008 - 07/2008: Summer Intern - India Meteorological Department, Delhi, India

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Association of Petroleum geologists (AAPG)
  • Houston Geological Society (HGS)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)

Awards

  • ​2017    Shell Rice Scholarship, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2017    Department Service Award –  Earth Science,  Rice University, Houston, Texas,  USA
  • 2016    Department Service Award –  Earth Science,  Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2016    First Place Poster at AAPG Student Expo, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2016    First Place Poster at IRESS symposium 3,   Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2015    Second Place at SEPM Photo Contest, Carbonate meeting, ACE- Denver, Colorado, USA
  • 2014    Second Place Poster at IRESS symposium 1, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA   
  • 2013    BP Rice Fellowship, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2012    First Place Poster at Conglomerate, Department of Geology, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
  • 2011    Summer Research Fellowship - Indian Academy of Sciences, India

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)