EGI Student Researchers – Bratislava, Slovakia

Lucia Ledvényiová – Structural Geology and Biostratigraphy

Lucia Ledvényiová, a current Ph.D. student in Geology and Paleontology at Comenius University, Slovakia, has been with EGI since 2009. She is a member of the EGI Bratislava staff working on project activities related to Structural Geology and GIS. She has been an integral part of the Bratislava research teams for over five years, contributing to a wide variety of research projects both large and small. She has contributed to expanding knowledge and understanding of Structural Geology research and has, over the years, collaborated on EGI projects including Petroleum Systems of the Black Sea Region, Central Atlantic Margins Integration Study, Petroleum Systems of Sheared Margins – Phase 1 Study, Central Eurasia Potential of Shale Liquids & Gas, and Sheared Margins of Western Australia. She has also been instrumental in organizing two international meetings for EGI CA members, held at Smolenice Castle, Slovakia in 2011 and 2013.

As a member of the EGI Bratislava staff, Lucia develops geological maps in ArcGIS projects, including with them hyper-linked profiles and other geological documentation. Also in the GIS environment, she creates databases for various project elements. She supports ongoing research through additional duties including data collection and research on independent smaller research projects associated with the main project done by the entire group. Though her research responsibilities are varied in theme, all have encompassed structural geology.

Lucia is currently in her final semester of the Ph.D. program at Comenius University where her Ph.D. program is dedicated to the deep-water sediments of the Meliata Ocean and the lithological effects of its deformation in a convergent setting. One of the primary aspects of her Ph.D. work is biostratigraphy. She is dissolving radiolarites and separating radiolarians from them, and then dating respective strata based on their occurrence time intervals. Her B.Sc. thesis was focused on the geology of terrestrial planets of our solar system and her M.Sc. thesis examined geological mapping of a section of the Malé Karpaty Mts.— a core mountain range in the western portion of the West Carpathians.

She contributed to the entire editorial preparation of the Geological Society of London Special Publication Thick-Skin-Dominated Orogens: From Initial Inversion to Full Accretion (2013) preparing the manuscript for production. Her role in coordinating the flow of manuscript submissions, their review process, revisions, and resubmission exposed her to the detailed process of preparing research for publication and production. She also currently serves as an editor for the Geological Society of London Special Publication titled Transform Margins: Development, Controls and Petroleum Systems, which is anticipated for publication either in this or in the next year.

Lucia can be reached for further information and conversation at A complete list of her publications, including those available on-line, is available for viewing or download. She welcomes feedback and interaction. She is fluent in Slovak, English, and Czech, and speaks some German as well.

Achyuta Ayan Misra – Tectonics & Structural Geology

Achyuta Ayan Misra is an exploration geologist with over eight years of experience as a Regional and Structural Geologist. He has been working closely with EGI Research Professor Michal Nemčok on the East and West Coast Indian margins. Achyuta was a member of the research team working on EGI report I 00924 – Crustal Types, Structural Architecture, and Plate Configurations Study of the Reliance East Coast Region – Phase 1. He was also involved with a similar project, examining the southern part of the West Coast of India, including extensive fieldwork in the northern region and eventually advanced his research for his Ph.D. Mr. Misra has been actively involved in a number of other EGI projects.