- PhD Researcher
Amanda originally comes from Sri Lanka and started her Ph.D. in January 2023 with Associate Professor Micha Ruhl at the Department of Geology, Trinity College, Dublin. Her main research interests are stratigraphy, organic/Inorganic geochemistry, paleoclimatology, paleobotany, and paleoceanography. She completed her master’s degree in 2022 in the Department of earth science at Shimane University Japan, and completed her undergraduate degree at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka majoring in Chemistry and Physics. Her goal is to become an all-around climate scientist, that can play an important role in the public debate, guiding societal, industrial, or academic decision-making. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, reading novels, and exploring Dublin.
Quantitatively limiting the end-member climatic/environmental response to significant and abrupt carbon release and global carbon cycle disruption is becoming important because humanity is unlikely to keep anthropogenic climate change to within 1.5oC, or even 2oC. Significantly, anthropogenic climate change will affect dominant environmental conditions locally and regionally. An important aspect of anthropogenic climate change is how it will affect local and regional environmental conditions, notably humidity. Climate zones are expected to move further north, causing aridification in lower mid-latitudes and the extension of wetter climates to higher latitudes. This project will investigate one of the most extreme climate change scenarios ever recorded for Earth, one that would result in a doubling or tripling of atmospheric CO2.
- Postgraduate Researcher
- Earth System Change
- Climate and Environment