Ms. Chammi Attanayake

Senior Lecturer

 
Office Address: 

Dept. Of Soil Science

Faculty of Agriculture,

University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

 Email: 

chammiattanayake@gmail.com

Telephone: 

 

Personal Website: 
 
 

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • M.Sc. in Environmental Soil Science, University of Preradeniya (2009)
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture (major: Soil Science), University of Peradeniya (2007)
  • Reading for Ph.D. in Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Kansas State University, USA (2011-current)
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Honours and Awards:

  • R.I. Throckmorton Scholarship, Kansas State University (2013)
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, ASA, CSSA, SSSA for ASA/CSSA/ SSSA Annual Meetings, Nov. 3-6, 2013 (2013)
  • Graduate Student Council travel grant, Kansas State University for ASA/CSSA/ SSSA Annual Meetings, Oct. 21-24, 2012 (2012)
  • The Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Soil Science Scholarship, Kansas State University (2012)
  • Neal and Florence E. Morehouse Graduate Scholarship, Kansas State University (2010 and 2011)
  • International Coordinating Council Scholarship, Kansas State University (2011)
  • Prof. F.S.C.P. Kalpage Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Soil Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2007)
  • S.F.H. Perera Memorial Prize for the greatest competence at the 4000 series (final year in B.Sc.) examination, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2007)
  • University scholarship for the best performance at the 1000 series (first year in B.Sc.) examination, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2003)
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Teaching Areas:

  • Conducting laboratory classes of Soil Chemistry, Soil Physics and Soil Fertility for undergraduate students, University of Peradeniya from 2008 to 2009
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Research Interests:

  • Bioavailability of potentially toxic trace elements and organic chemicals contaminated soils

Appointments:

  • Graduate Research Assistant in Department of Agronomy for Ph.D., funded by Kansas State University and USEPA Brownfields Training, Research and TechnicalAssistance Grants. (2010-present)
  • Lecturer, Department of Soil Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2009-Present)
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Soil Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2007-2009)
  • Visiting Appointments:
  • Visiting Research Associate, Argonne Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (2011-present)
  • Visiting Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (2012-present)

Academic / Research / Professional Experience:

  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies to understand speciation of Lead and Arsenic in soils (Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Field scale investigations to study soil amendments (lime, biosolids etc.) for in situ stabilization of Lead and Arsenic in contaminated soils
  • In vitro studies for risk assessments of inorganic contaminants in soils
  • Instrumental method development in inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer (GFAAS) for analysing trace elements in soils and plants
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