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Northwest Missouri State University


Lorita (Nivanthi) Mihindukulasooriya

Lorita (Nivanthi) Mihindukulasooriya

Email

Office

1337 Garrett-Strong

Phone

660.562.1817
660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in August 2015

Assistant Professor


Education

  • PhD in Applied Geology, Kent State University, 2014
  • MSc Geology, Ohio University, 2009
  • BSc (First class honors), University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, 2006

Courses Taught

  • Applied Analytical Techniques in Geology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geology laboratories (on-line and face to face)
  • Statistical Methods in Geology

Academic Interests

  • Holocene Abrupt climatic changes
  • Asian paleomonsoonal climate
  • Paleolimnology
  • Anthropogenic influence on Environmental changes
  • Water quality

Scholarly Activity

  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J. D., Pompeani D., Steinman B., Abbott M., (2015), Late Quaternary paleohydrologic conditions in southeastern British Columbia by visible derivative spectroscopy of Cleland Lake sediment, Quaternary Research 83.3 (2015): 531-544.
  • Byron A. Steinman, David P. Pompeani, Mark B. Abbott, Joseph D. Ortiz, Nathan D. Stansell, Lorita Mihindukalasooriya, Aubrey L. Hillman, Matthew S. Finkenbinder, (In Review), Model based paleoclimate interpretations of Holocene oxygen isotope records from the Pacific Northwest, Quaternary Science Reviews.
  • Springer G.S., Mihindukulasooriya L.N., White D.M., Rowe H.D., (2012), Micro-charcoal abundances in stream sediments from Buckeye Creek Cave, West Virginia, USA, The Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, Vol 74, Issue 1, p. 58-64.
  • Springer G.S., White D.M., Rowe H.D, Hardt B., Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Cheng H. and Edwards R.L., 2010;  Multiproxy evidence from caves of Native Americans altering the overlying landscape during the late Holocene of east-central North America, The Holocene, v. 20, pp. 275-283
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J. D., Abbott M., Steinman B., Pompeani D., 2013; A multi proxy reconstruction of paleoproductivity of Cleland Lake British Columbia, Canada, American Geophysical Union Annual meeting, San Francisco, California
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J. D., Abbott M., Steinman B., Pompeani D., 2012; Reconstruction of Holocene hydrologic variability using the phytoplankton succession of a small closed basin lake in south western British Columbia, Canada, American Quaternary Association Biannual Meeting
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J. D., Abbott M., Pompeani D., 2012; Reconstruction of Holocene Hydrologic variability using laminated lake sediments from Cleland lake, South Eastern British Columbia, Canada, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 44, p. 64, GSA Northeastern/North Central Sectional Meeting
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J. D., Abbott M., Steinman B., Pompeani D., 2012;  Holocene Hydrologic Variability Reconstructed Using The Phytoplankton Succession Of A Small Closed Basin Lake in south western British Columbia, Canada, 27th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J.D., Abbott M., Pompeani D, 2011; Reconstruction of Holocene paleoclimatic variability using high resolution diffuse spectral reflectance data from Cleland Lake, British Columbia, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 43, Annual GSA Meeting, Minneapolis
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Ortiz, J.D., Abbott M., Pompeani D, 2011; Evaluation of lake sediment composition and productivity using high resolution Diffuse Spectral Reflectance data from Cleland Lake, Southwestern Canada, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 43, p. 70, GSA Northeastern/North Central Sectional Meeting
  • Mihindukulasooriya L.N., Springer G.S., Rowe H.D., White D.M.,2010; Environmental Changes associated with Native American land use practices: a geoarcheological investigation of an Appalachian watershed, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, p 597, Annual GSA Meeting, Denver, Colarado

Other Professional Experiences

  • Instructor, Kent State University (2015)
  • Instructor, Kent State Unviersity - Trumball (2012, 2014)
  • Science Instructor, Upward Bound Summer Program - Kent State University (2010, 2012)