Vinuri Silva

Miss Vinuri Silva

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Vinuri completed her honours at the University of Adelaide in 2019 which focused on microplastics in fish of Australia and Sri Lanka. During her honours year, her passion for marine plastic research grew further. Therefore, she decided to continue contributing to the field of oceanic plastic research through her PhD. 

Marine microbes have a key role to our planet's environmental dynamics by controlling the biogeochemistry and productivity of our oceans. Scientists have predicted that plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish by the year 2050. Vinuri's PhD focuses on identifying the types of microbes capable of adapting and colonizing marine plastic, with the use of high throughput sequencing. Due to their uniqueness, the microbial diversity living on marine plastic is now referred to as the “Plastisphere”. She also plans to integrate ocean warming conditions to investigate the types of microbes that will thrive during sea warming combined with plastic pollution in our future oceans. 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide
    2018 Intern National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Tamil Can read
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2017 PADI Open Water Diver PADI
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Email: vinuri.silva@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 1
  • Room: 1 26
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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