Dilrukshi Kombala Liyanage

Ph.D. Student, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle

About Dilrukshi Kombala Liyanage

Dilrukshi earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural science from the University of Wayamba in Sri Lanka. She then moved to Edmonton, Canada, where she earned her Master of Science in plant science from the University of Alberta in August 2022. Her persistent interest in agriculture prompted her to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental science at the University of Guelph shortly after graduating. She’s investigating cover crop mixtures, evaluating complementarity in root soil interactions and effects on greenhouse gas emissions. She aims to understand how the use of cover crop mixtures could optimize the greenhouse gas reduction benefit through increased diversity and complementary root-soil interactions of different species. Her long-term educational goal is to contribute to research on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. When not in the lab or the field, Dilrukshi enjoys painting, cooking and reading.