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Thilini D. Ranatunga, Ph.D

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Research Associate Professor

Environmental/Analytical/Soil Chemistry

 

Program Area Affiliation: Environmental Soil and Water Sciences

 

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Alabama A&M University

CCS-BW Room 207A

P. O. Box 1208
Normal, AL 35762

 

Phone: 256-372-4225

Fax: 256-372-5429

E-mail: thilini.ranatunga@aamu.edu

 

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. Chemistry (1995) Purdue University, IN

MS    Chemistry (1990) Bowling Green State University, OH

BS    Chemistry (1984) University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Teaching

Soil, Plant, and Water Analysis; Soil Chemistry

  

Research Interest

Research related to environmental/soil chemistry and analytical method development for environmental sample analysis

 

Current research

  • Studies on heat-induced structural changes in soil organic matter and black carbon distribution in a prescribed burned forest ecosystem
  • Studies on arsenic sorption/speciation in soil
  • Organic phosphorus transformation in forest soils
  • Phosphorus and metal distribution and sorption/release in soil aggregate factions from poultry litter applied soils
  • Studies on volcanic soils: Effect of Soufriere Hills volcanic eruption on plant and soil environment of Montserrat Island, West Indies
  • Studies on kinetics and mechanisms of heavy metal retention/release in geochemical processes in soil
  • Phosphorus transformation in poultry litter amended soil: phosphorus fractionation and phosphorus chemistry