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Current Members

Ganga Hettiarachchi, Group Leader
Professor of Soil & Environmental Chemistry

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2107 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-7209
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Ganga Hettiarachchi was born and raised in a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ganga selected soil science as her area of emphasis while getting her B.S. degree at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, then went on to get her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil chemistry at Kansas State University.After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Risk management research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH, Ganga worked as a faculty member at University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka for two years and then as a research scientist at the University of Adelaide/Land and Water CSIRO in Australia for three years. Ganga then joined the Agronomy faculty at K-State in 2008. She enjoys her position at K-State as it gives the opportunity to do both research and teaching. Her life away from work is mainly dominated by her family, especially her two daughters.

Mohammad Almutari, PhD Student

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Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 405-762-2721
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Mohammad is originally from Saudi Arabia. He obtained his B.S. in soil science and M.S. in soil science (2009) from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He is currently in the beginning stages of his Ph.D. and is looking forward to exploring contaminated soil and water and remediation. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Zafer Alasmary, PhD Student

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2729 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-7281
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Zafer is originally from Saudi Arabia. He obtained his B.S. in soil science and M.S. in environmental science (2011) from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He is currently in the beginning stages of his Ph. D. and is looking forward to exploring environmental contamination and remediation methods. Zafer enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

M. Buddhika Galkaduwa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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2739 Throckmorton PSC

Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-0552
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Buddhika was born and grew up in a central part of Sri Lanka. She came to K-State after completing her B.S. degree in physical science (2006) and M.S. in analytical chemistry (2008) at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. With a great enthusiasm in Soil & Environmental Chemistry, she obtained the Ph. D in December, 2015 from Department of Agronomy. Currently, she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Micronutrient Chemistry. Buddhika’s doctoral research titled as “Mechanistic understanding of fate and transport of selenium, arsenic, and sulfur in a pilot-scale constructed wetland treatment system designed for flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater”. During the course of Ph. D, she experienced in using synchrotron based X-ray spectroscopy techniques (bulk-XANES, micro-XRF, and micro-XANES) to elucidate mechanistic information on the biogeochemistry of trace elements under different soil environmental conditions. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, watching TV series, and attending family gatherings.

Kasuni Gamage, PhD Student

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 2737, Throckmorton PSC
 Manhattan, KS66506
 Ph: 785-532-0555

 

 

Kasuni was born and raised in southern part of Sri Lanka. She obtained her B.S. in Agricultural Technology and Management (2014) and M.S. in Environmental Soil Science (2017) From University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She is currently at the beginning stages of her Ph. D. and looking forward to explore micronutrient chemistry- explaining the interactions and potential availability of different micronutrient fertilizers in soils using various techniques. Kasuni likes to travel and spending time with her family.


Jay Weeks, PhD Student

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2741 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785-532-7281
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Jay came to Kansas from Central New York in the summer of 2012 upon completion of his B.S. degree in agricultural sciences from Cornell University. Pursuing a master’s and subsequent Ph.D., his research pertains typically to urban soils contaminated with a variety of trace elements, mainly lead and arsenic. Understanding fate and transport of these elements in the soil will allow for the development of new remediation methods facilitating the safe, healthy urban agricultural development on vacant land in many inner city environments. Jay actively participates in the instruction of the K-State introductory soils course as well. His hobbies include craft bartending, wine, and a variety of physical recreational activities.

Oshadhi Athukorala Arachchige, Lab Assistant

Oshadhi Athukorala Arachchige
Oshadhi is a transfer student from Sri Lanka currently continuing her bachelor's degree in biology. In the future, she hopes to earn a master's degree in animal genetics. Oshadhi enjoys spending her free time playing badminton and baking.