Asika Dharmarathna

Ms Asika Dharmarathna

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Postgraduate Student

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

As an Undergraduate in the Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, I started my career in the field of Earth Sciences. I completed my BSc degree in December 2017, with a First Class Honours degree in Geology. My final year research work was based on paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental behaviour of the Indian monsoon system, since then I worked as a temporary demonstrator in the Department for 1.5 years.
The experiences and credentials I gained during 4 years of my undergraduate life inspired me to start my work as a PhD student at the University of Adelaide. My research is based on Holocene climate variability in Australia which aims on establishing a quantitative relationship among local hydrology, regional climate and isotope geochemical behaviours of lake waters in South east Australia. Basically, this study will be focused on Holocene sediment records from crater lake, Lake Surprise.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    Dharmarathna, A., Tyler, J., Barr, C., Tibby, J., Jones, M., Ankor, M., . . . Zolitschka, B. (n.d.). Holocene climate variability in south east Australia; inferred from oxygen isotopes in sedimentary cellulose at Lake Surprise, Victoria..


2019 -2022  Australian Research Council (ARC) funding

2021 - 2022 AINSE Postgraduate Research Grant


2018 - 2019  Temporary Demonstrator, Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2019 -present Temporary Demonstrator, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia

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