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Thushara Gunda

Thushara Gunda

Grad Office: Jacobs 271

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 703-598-0352
Fax: 615-322-7012

Recent Resume / CV

Title

Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Fellow, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program
Fellow, Vanderbilt University Graduate Program
Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment

Education

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
B.A., Environmental Thought and Practice (Interdisciplinary Policy Major), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Research Interests

  • Water and food security
  • Impacts of irrigation on water quality
  • Natural resource planning, development, and resolution
  • Integration of physical and social science research

Publications

Gunda, T., L. Benneyworth, and E. Burchfield (2015). Exploring water indices and associated parameters: a case study in two South Asian countriesWater Policy. DOI:10.2166/wp.2014.022.

Gunda, T.
 and T. Scanlon (2013). Topographical and Hydrological Influences on the Spatial Distribution of Mercury at the Catchment Scale. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.  DOI 10.1007/s11270-013-1511-7.

Presentations

Gunda, T. and G.M. Hornberger (2014, November). "Effects of Climate Change on Irrigation Demand from Rice Fields in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka." Oral presentation. American Water Resources Association Annual Meeting, Tysons Corner, VA.

Gunda, T. and E.K. Burchfield (2014, August). "Patterns of meteorological and agricultural drought in Sri Lankan agricultural areas." Poster presentation. Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Science & Technology Policy: Systems Approaches to Research and Practice, Waterville Valley Resort, NH.

Gunda, T. and G.M. Hornberger (2013, December). "Comparative Assessment of Irrigation Water Quality in Sri Lanka’s Tank-Cascade and Mahaweli Irrigation Schemes." American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Gunda, T., A. Converse, A. Riscassi, and T. Scanlon (2009, December). "Topographical and Hydrological Influences on the Spatial Distribution of Mercury at the Catchment Scale." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Gunda, T., A. Converse, A. Riscassi, and T. Scanlon (2009, October). "Topographical and Hydrological Influences on the Spatial Distribution of Mercury at the Catchment Scale." U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.

Gunda, T. and M. Wise (2008, August). Geological Significance of Blue Quartz in the United States of America. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Gunda, T., Z. Liu, and P. G. Hatcher (2007, August). Lignin as an Indicator of Algal Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay? Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Hobbies and Interests

Hiking, rock climbing, dancing, cooking, and yoga

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