Kanchana Warnakulasooriya

Kanchana Warnakulasooriya
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PhD candidate
Primary research group: 
Coastal Processes and Monitoring
BSc (Hons) University of Peradeniya, MEnvSc (Hokkaido University)
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Kanchana Warnakulasooriya is a PhD candidate with RIEL studying seasonal variations in sources and cycling of nitrogen and carbon in Buffalo Creek, NT using latest stable isotope techniques. Kanchana’s PhD is part of an ARC-funded project titled Microbiology of a tropical creek impacted by sewage effluent: novel impact assessment methods using N-cycle functional markers and changes in community composition. Her project is also supported by Power and Water Corporation (PWC) and Charles Darwin University (CDU). She has also won the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Kanchana’s Masters Research focused on investigating the interaction between scallop culture and primary production in Mutsu Bay, Japan by means of stable isotope determination of diet sources. She has a Bachelor of Science Special Degree (Hons) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and has worked as a junior lecturer at Open University of Sri Lanka for few years.

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Prof Karen Gibb
Director, RIEL
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Dylan Campbell
Alumni - Research Associate
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Prof Chris Austin
Adjunct Research Fellow
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Dionisia Lambrinidis
Research Associate - Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology Unit
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Francoise Foti
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Professor Karen Edyvane
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Dr Niels Crosley Munksgaard
Senior Research Fellow
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Anna Padovan
Research Fellow
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Alea Rose
PhD Student - Research Associate
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Simon Townsend
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Heidi Luter
Adjunct - NAMRA Postdoctoral Fellow
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Silvia Tonyes
PhD Student
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Rinah Sani
Administrative Leader - Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology Unit

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