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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115813
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-25 12:57 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 15:40 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
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
Personal Information
Coordinates
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
Email:deeptha.amarathunga@gmail.com
Url:http://www.nara.ac.lk
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1976
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Environmental Studies Division
Start date
2013
Main responsibilities
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.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Sri Lanka
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
National Aquatic Resources Research & Development Agency
Start date
2005
Ending date
2013
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
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
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. in Agriculture Special
Name of academic institution
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1998
Ending date
2003
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M. Sc. Environmental Forestry
Name of academic institution
Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
2003
Ending date
2005
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Engineering
Name of academic institution
University of Yamanashi, Japan
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Ecological and environmental sciences
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
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
List of other publications files
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Presidential awards for scientific publication - 2016
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
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
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
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Prof. Kazama Futaba
Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Yamanashi
4-3-11, Takeda, Kofu, Yamanashi, 400-8511
Yamanashi
Japan
Phone:+81 55-220-8193
Fax:+81 55-220-8193
Email:kfutaba@yamanashi.ac.jp
Dr. H.M.G.S.B Hitinayake
Senior Lecturer
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture
University of Peradeniya
kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)81 239 5110,+94 (0)81 239 5111
Email:gaminih@pdn.ac.lk
Dr. T Sivananthawerl
Senior Lecturer
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture
University of Peradeniya
Kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)81 238 8239,+94 (0)71 446 0885
Email:tsiva@pdn.ac.lk
Url:http://www.pdn.ac.lk/agri/staff/staff.php