I’m a PhD student presently trying to assess and enhance the sustainability and efficiency of rubber plantations in Southeast Asia… Well, not the whole of Southeast Asia but I’m planning to make a difference in at least some rubber plantations in some countries hoping that the increasing demand for rubber would be less detrimental to the natural environment.

I’m from Sri Lanka and I completed my bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at home majoring in zoology. The M.Sc. in Environmental Management that I completed at the National University of Singapore opened my eyes to the requirement of interdisciplinary research when addressing environmental issues. I’m excited about the contribution I could make to the environment, to research as well as to the rubber industry.