FACULTY PROFILE
Vangala Sunitha
Associate Professor
+91 9441117475
sunitha@yogivemanauniversity.ac.in
vangalasunitha@gmail.com
Academic Qualification :
B.Sc. (Geology, Physics, Chemistry), Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Tirupati, 1995
M.Sc. (Geology), Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati ,1997
M.Sc Tech (Applied Geochemistry) Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2000
Ph. D (Applied Geochemistry), Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2004
Work Experience: :
1. Raman Post doctoral fellowship U.S.A for the year 2016-17, UGC, New Delhi, India
2. Assistant Professor: 2007-2019 Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa
3. Associate Professor (2019 onwards), Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa
4. Post Doctoral Research Associate (2005-2007) Osmania University, Hyderabad
5. Project Fellow (2004-2005), National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad
6. Project Fellow (2000-2001) National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad
Area/s of research interests :
• Analytical Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, Hydrogeochemistry, Remote Sensing and GIS
• Spectroscopy: Fluorescence, UV-Visible, Atomic absorption
• Analytical Instruments: Sound operational knowledge in handling of Analytical Instruments (e.g. AAS, XRD, ICP-ACS, ICP-MS Ion-analyzer and sample prepared Units)
Projects undertaken :
1. UGC Raman Post doctoral fellowship (F. No. 5/50/2016(IC) (SR), Dated: 10.02.2016). 2015-2016 (plan). UGC, New Delhi, India.
2. Young Scientist under Fast Track scheme DST, New Delhi
Title: Geochemistry and health Impact of fluoride in Ground water in parts of Anantapur District,
Andhra Pradesh. D.O.No.SR/FTP/ES50/2007
Cost: 12 00,000; Duration: 2008-2011 (3-Years)
Agency : Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi
Academic Experience:
13 years of Post graduate teaching
Research Experience:
18 years
Achievements/Awards :
1. Bharat Vikas Award, 2019
2. Outstanding Geochemist from Venus International Research Award Chennai, 2019.
3. Associate Fellow, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences, Amaravathi in 2018
4. Raman Post Doctoral Fellow, UGC , New Delhi 2016-17
5. Young Scientist: Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi 2007
6. Principal Investigator in the DST Research Project 2007
7. Fellowship from APCOST (Andhra Pradesh State Council of Science & Technology, Hyderabad),
8. Fellowship from UGC, University Grants Commission New Delhi 2005
9. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) UGC-NET Eligibility for Lectureship, 2000.
International work Experience:
1. Raman Post doctoral Fellow: 2016-2017, Dept of Geology, Environmental Earth Sciences, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio USA: Dr.Mark P.Krekeler
2. Research on Phospahte sorption on Kyanite aluminium rich minerals, Urban pollution studies Gary Indiana, USA.
Details of significant paper publications :
1. Y. Sudharshan Reddy, V. Sunitha, B.Suvarna 2020. Groundwater quality evaluation using GIS and water quality index in and around inactive mines, Southwestern parts of Cuddapah basin, Andhra Pradesh, South India Hydro Research 3:146-157 DOI: 10.1016/j.hydres.2020.11.001
2. Muralidhar ReddyB, Sunitha V. Geochemical and health risk assessment of fluoride and nitrate toxicity in semi- arid region of Anantapur District, South India. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology Elsevier Journal 2 (2020) 150-161http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.encero.2020.09.002
3. Y. Sudharshan Reddy, V. Sunitha, B.Suvarna 2020. Monitoring of Groundwater quality for drinking purposes using the WQI method and its health implications around inactive mines in Vemula - Vemaplli region, Kadapa District, South India. Applied Water Science (2020) 10:202 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13201-020-01284-2.
4. Suvarna B, Sunitha V, Sudharshan Reddy Y, N, Ramakrishna Reddy 2020. Data on health risk assessment of nitrate contamination in groundwater of rural region in the Yerraguntla Mandal, South India. . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105374. Data in Brief, Elsevier Journal
5. Suvarna B, Sudharsan Reddy Y, Sunitha V, Muralidharreddy B, Prasad M, Ramakrishna Reddy M (2019). Data on application of water quality index method for appraisal of water quality in around cement industrial corridor, Yerraguntla Mandal, Y.S.R District, A.P South India. Data in Brief, Elsevier Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104872
6. Y. Sudharshan Reddy and V. Sunitha 2020. Development of water quality index for groundwater quality evaluation in and around Vemula Mandal, YSR District (A.P., India). J.Ind.Geophys.Union .24(1) (2020), 1-29.
7. Y. Sudharshan Reddy, V. Sunitha, B. Suvarna, M. Prasad, B. Muralidhara Reddy, M. Ramakrishna Reddy. 2020. Data on Physical impacts and hydrogeochemical assessment of Inactive/Abandoned mines in and around Southwestern parts of the Cuddapah basin using a conceptual site model (CSM). Data in Brief, Elsevier Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105187.
8. V. Sunitha, Y.Sudharshana Reddy 2019. Hydrogeochemical evaluation of groundwater in and around Lakkireddipalli and Ramapuram, Y.S.R district, Andhra Pradesh. Hydro Research, Elsevier Journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hydres.2019.11.008.
9. B. Muralidhara Reddy, V.Sunitha, M.Prasad, Y. Sudharshan Reddy, M. Ramakrishna Reddy (2019). Evaluation of groundwater suitability for domestic and agricultural utility in semi-arid region of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh State, South India. Groundwater for Sustainable Development 9 (2019) 100262. Elsevier Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2019.100262.
10. M. Prasad, V.Sunitha*,Y. Sudharshan Reddy , B. Suvarna, B. Muralidhara Reddy , M. Ramakrishna Reddy. 2019. Inventory data on the sinkhole occurrences from Proterozoic Cuddapah Basin, India Data in brief Elsevier Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104054.
11. M. Prasad, V. Sunitha, Y. Sudharshan Reddy , B. Suvarna, B. Muralidhara Reddy , M. Ramakrishna Reddy. 2019. Data on water quality index development for groundwater quality assessment from Obulavaripalli Mandal, YSR district, A.P India. Data in brief 24 (2019) 103846 Elsevier Journal
12. V.Sunitha* and B.Muralidhara Reddy 2018. Defluoridation of water using Mentha longifolia (Mint) as Bioadsorbent J. Ind. Geophys. Union 22(2):207-211.
13. B.Suvarna, CH.Posendra Mohan and V. Sunitha 2017. Textural Analysis of Coastal Sands from Ramakrishna Beach- Bhimunipatnam tract (Visakhapatnam) East Coast of India. Journal of Indian Geophysical Union 21(3): 209-215.
14. M. Prasad, M. Ramakrishna Reddy and V. Sunitha 2017. Bedrock structural controls on the occurrence of sinkholes: a case study from part of Cuddapah basin, South India. Journal of Indian Geophysical Union 21(2): 124-139.
15. V. Sunitha, D. Venkat Reddy and P.R.Reddy 2016. Mineral wealth of Cuddapah basin and its use for sustainable development-an overview. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Editorial Note.
Recent significant papers presented in Conference/symposia:
1. V.Sunitha*, L.Dakshayani, Y.Sudarsana Reddy B.Suvarna 2019. Bioremediation of heavy metals from contaminated soil and Groundwater using microorganisms National Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology: Strategies for sustainable ecosystem (MPESSE-2019) held at Department of Marine Biology Vikrama Simhapuri University, Nellore, A.P during 13-14 March 2019.
2. Y. Sudharshan Reddy, V. Sunitha, B. Suvarna, M. Prasad and M. Ramakrishna Reddy 2019. Water Quality Index Development for Groundwater Quality Assessment in and around Vemula Mandal of YSR District, Andhra Pradesh, India. 5th joint International conference on Environmental sciences & climate change: Accomplishments, Plans and Challenges & 13th International congress on climate change, Territorial classification & Socio-economical crisis – 11-15th November – 2019 Chennai, India.
3. B. Suvarna,Y. Sudharshan Reddy, M. Prasad V. Sunitha, M. Ramakrishna Reddy 2018. Preliminary Groundwater Quality Studies In and around Yerraguntla Cement Industry, Kadapa, Y.S.R District. BIODIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (ICBSRM-2018) Centre for Environmental Sciences (CES) and Centre for Water Resources Management (CWRM) University of Madras March 12-13, 2018.
4. VANGALA Sunitha, Mark P.S.,2017. Geogenic contamination of Fluoride in Groundwater of Uravakonda, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. 2017. Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA, USA 22-25 October, 2017 GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING 2017.
5. VANGALA Sunitha, BANDI Muralidhar Reddy, KREKELER Mark P.S., 2017. Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater in some rural Areas of Anantapur District, A.P South India. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING 2017 Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA, USA 22-25 October, 2017.
6. KREKELER Mark P.S., DIETRICH Matthew, VANGALA Sunitha, TULLY Jennifer, LEGALLEY Erin, ARGYILAN Erin P, BURKE Michelle and WOLFE Amy 2017. Environmental properties and impacts of nanoparticles in urban landscapes of the midwest: microscopy studies of street sediment demonstrate cause for concern GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING 2017 Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA, USA 22-25 October, 2017.
7. Zinc Polymorphs Sphalerite and Wurtzite 5th Annual Mid west Chapter Friends of Mineralogy Symposium Dept of Geology & Environmental Earth Sciences, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A. March 11, 2017.
8. VANGALA Sunitha, BRETZ Richard L, and KREKELER Mark P.S 2017. Phosphate Sorption On Kyanite: Progress Towards a Geoenvironmental Technology To Combat Non-Point Source Pollution. Geological Society of America Pittsburgh, PA USA March 19, 2017.
9. VANGALA Sunitha, DIETRICH Matthew, BURKE Michelle, WOLFE Amy ARGYILAN, Erin P and KREKELER, Mark P.S. 2017. A Preliminary Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) And Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Foray Into Street Sediments Of Gary, Indiana: Major Environmental Health Concerns Are Evident. Geological Society of America Pittsburgh, PA March 2017.
10. DIETRICH Matthew, WOLFE Amy, BURKE Michelle, VANGALA Sunitha, ARGYILAN, Erin P, LEGALLEY Erin and KREKELER Mark P.S. 2017. A preliminary urban geochemical exploration of street sediments of Gary Indiana indicates major concerns are warranted. Geological Society of America Pittsburgh, PA March 20. 2017.
11. V.Sunitha, Muralidhara Reddy, B (2013). Geospatial Analysis of Fluoride contamination in Groundwater of Southeastern part of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. Presented in International Humboldt Kolleg on Management of Water, Energy and Bio-Resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges. (IHK-2013) JNU, New Delhi.
12. V. Sunitha, J. Abdullah Khan (2013). Morphometric Analysis of Cheyyeru River Sub-Basin in Andhra Pradesh State, India using Spatial Information Technology. Presented in International Humboldt Kolleg on Management of Water, Energy and Bio-Resources in Changing Climate Regime: Emerging Issues and Environmental Challenges. (IHK-2013) JNU, New Delhi.
13. V. Sunitha and Rajeswara Reddy, B (2004) Trace element concentration in groundwater of Uravakonda and surrounding areas Presented in International conference on Soil and groundwater contamination, risk assessment and remedial measures, National Geophysical Research Institute, (NGRI) Hyderabad 8-11, December, 2004.
Number of Books
07
Number of Book Chapter: 02
1. Y. Sudarshan Reddy, B. Suvarna, M. Prasad, V. Sunitha, M. Ramakrishna Reddy (2020). Temporal changes of solid waste at Limestone Quarries in and around Yerraguntla, Y.S.R District, A. P using Google earth images. Urban mining and Sustainable Waste Management Springer Publications. Editor Sadhan Kumar Ghosh. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0532-4_1299-110.
2. B. Muralidhara Reddy, V. Sunitha and M.Ramakrishna Reddy.2014. Geospatial Analysis of Fluoride contamination in Groundwater of Southeastern part of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. Management of Natural Resources in a Changing Environment, Edited N. Janardhana Raju, Wolfgang Gossel, and M.Sudhakar, Capital publishing company,
Professional societies Memberships
• Life Member - Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata
• Associate Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences(APAS) , A.P
• Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), UK
• Fellow - Indian Society of Applied Geochemists (ISAG)
• Life Member - Association of Environmental Geochemists (AEG)
• Life member of National Environmental Science academy ( NESA)
• Member of Indian Geological Congress (IGC)
• Fellow - Society of Earth Scientists
• Life Member - Journal of Indian Geophysical Union (IGU)
• Member: International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO)
• Member: International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS)
• Member: Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH), Roorkee
• Fellow - Indian Academy of Geosciences (IAG)
• Life Associate: Indian Red cross society
Research guidance and Supervision :
Ph.D. Guidance: Awarded: 02
1. J. Abdulla Khan, Inspire Fellow-DST, New Delhi “Lineament analysis for Natural Resources Management in parts of Papaghni sub basin using Remote Sensing Techniques.” March, 2016.
2. B.Muralidhara Reddy, Project Assistant-DST, New Delhi “Geochemistry and health impact of fluoride in Groundwater in parts of Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh” April, 2016.
Ph. D candidates currently working :
02
M.Sc Dissertation Projects:
11
Administrative Experience:
• Coordinator, College Development Council, Yogi Vemana University since 2020
• NSS Programme officer Unit V YVU since 2019
• Coordinator, Department of Geology 2014-2016
• Warden Women’s Hostel, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa during 2012-2016
• Member, Directorate of Admissions, YVU, 2016 to 2020
• Member, Board of Studies, Department of Geology, YVU
Invited lectures:
05
Faculty Development Programmes/Special Courses/Webinars attended :
25
Other Experience/Expertise:
• Acted as a Reviewer for Elsevier Journals, Sustainable Water Resources Management
• Acted as a Reviewer for Springer Journals, Energy, Ecology and Environment
• Acted as a Reviewer for International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering (IJEE)
• Acted as a Reviewer for Journal of Civil Engineering and Science (JCES) World Academic Publishing JCES Editorial Board, Hongkong.
• Acting as a Reviewer for International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (IJEST)
• Acted as Reviewer for Journal of Water Resource and protection (JWARP)