I am a lecturer and an oceanographer in the Department of Oceanography and Marine Geology of University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. I followed a Master Degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University and University of Antwerp in Belgium and a Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Marine Sciences at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
I focused my interests more towards marine sciences and my main research interest is in the area of marine biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography. My current studies mainly focused on investigating the distribution of nutrients in the southern coastal waters of Sri Lanka and how it varies with the monsoonal changes that take place in the Indian Ocean. The main objectives of my studies are to better understand the nutrient dynamics in the southern coastal waters of Sri Lanka and its influence on marine primary productivity in this region.
As part of this shipboard training programme, I had an opportunity to acquire an immense knowledge and skills on pre-cruise preparation, conducting scientific experiments on board and post-cruise data analysis and interpretation, which gave me an overall coverage in oceanographic research. Moreover, this programme provided me an opportunity to interact with experienced scientists who are experts in the area of oceanography and marine biogeochemistry and their guidance will inspire me to improve the quality of my future research activities.