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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 25 Nov 2020
General Information
Profile of the expert
Dr. Deeptha Amarathunga has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in successfully completing number of projects with several leading national and international organizations. Ha has sound knowledge in water science, environment, pollutant and agriculture through post graduate qualification, professional training and years of experience; proven expertise in research and development, including land and ocean interaction, river basins, aquatic environmental management, toxicology, limnology, soil & sediment, marine & coastal water quality, micro-plastic and waste water treatment. Also, he has demonstrated ability to develop complex strategic and policy frameworks and plans; proven experience in developing innovative solutions. In addition, he has acquired well-developed analytical skills including Chromatography, GCMS, FIA, Atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), Stable isotope mass spectrophotometry etc. and proven ability to understand the big picture; Ability to deal with concepts and complexity comfortably, reason through problems and to draw conclusions and propose innovative solutions within diverse and multidisciplinary teams, and having many international /national level scientific publications
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- Person: Dr. Deeptha Amarathunga | BCH-CON-LK-253925-1
Person:
Dr. Deeptha Amarathunga
"Sagara" Main Street, Tebuwana (12025)
Kalutara,
, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 (0)11 252 1006 – Ext. 153, +94 (0)34 224 2076,
Fax: +94 (0)11 252 1009,
1976
  • Sri Lankan
Details of current employment
National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency)
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Government agency (National/Federal)
Environmental Studies Division
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2013-01
Government agency (National/Federal)
Conducting research on development of new methodologies and technologies (low cost) to improve inland and coastal water environment (treatment for waste & waste water), system for sustainable development, etc. Also, investigating pollution in inland and coastal water, marine debris, impact of soil/sediment to aquatic environment etc., are for sustainable management. Also, research on toxicological studies related to agricultural waste, aquatic fauna, micro-plastic and to reduce the pollution levels. In addition, River research are carried out to understand and discover the aquatic ecosystems, river basin management & hydrology, impact of land-use changes, impact on climate change and catchment management quality, and modeling.
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Employment history
  • Sri Lanka
National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency)
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Environmental Studies Division
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2005-01
2013-01
Government agency (National/Federal)
Conducted agriculture & its impact to aquatic environment, river& reservoir research in Sri Lanka with regards to hydrology and water quality, land use changes, sediment, river basins management, pollution studies, toxicology, fish kills, etc. Also, he investigated Estuarine, coastal and lagoon studies related to water quality, pollution and environmental issues, hydrology, aquatic health, ecosystem management, environmental damages from Oil spill and other disaster. In addition, Wetland ecology and artificial wetland, wetland changes
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Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B.Sc. in Agriculture Special
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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1998-01
2003-01
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
M. Sc. Environmental Forestry
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Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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2003-01
2005-01
Third Degree (e.g. Ph.D. in Microbiology)
M. Sc. Environmental Forestry
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Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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2003-01
2005-01
Areas of expertise
  • Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Ecological and environmental sciences
Publications
  • Amarathunga, A.A.D.and Futaba, K., (2014). Photodegradation of chlorpyrifos an organophosphorus pesticide with humic acid bounded suspended matter, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 280, 671–677(2014, Impact Factor - 4.53) DOI:http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.063
  • Amarathunga, A.A.D., and Kazama, F, (2017). Impact of farmer’s perceptions, and landuse pattern to pesticide loading from upper catena of the tropical river basin (Upper Kotmale Basin) in Sri Lanka. Asian journal of water, environment and pollution. Vol. 14, No 4 (2017), pp43-59. DOI 10.3233/AJW-170036
  • Amarathunga, A.A.D.  and Fernando, R.W. (2016).Study on suspended sediment and its impact on aquatic invertebrates in Gin River, Sri Lanka. Journal of Food and Agriculture, Vol.9, 24-38pp
Professional memberships
  • Life Member (ID-7887) – Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Section - D and Section B
  • Life Member - Sri Lanka Association for the Fish & Aquatic Resource (SLAFAR)
  • Life Member – Young Scientist Forum Sri Lanka
  • Member of the expert group on Nitrogen Management in Sri Lanka, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
  • Member of the National Coordination Committee Meeting on Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions -2018-2019
  • Member of the national coastal water quality monitoring programme conducted by Marine Pollution Prevention Authority -2015-2016
Language proficiency
  • Singhalese
Language Level
English excellent
Any other relevant information
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts
Birth Place
Sri Lanka
Other Publications links
NameUrl
List of Publications.docxhttps://bch.cbd.int/database/attachment/?id=20703
Relevant Awards

Presidential awards for scientific publication - 2016
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