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Mrs Meenu Vitarana


Lichens as biomonitors of heavy-metal air pollution in Collie, South-western Australia


My PhD research investigated the application of a biological technique to easily and effectively measure effects of heavy metal pollution in forest ecosystems. I chose a lichen biomonitoring approach to identify effects of heavy-metal pollution associated with coal-power generation in jarrah forests in Collie, South-western Australia. Several different techniques in lichen biomonitoring were employed to investigate the dispersion of heavy-metals and to identify heavily impacted areas in the Collie region. This study will provide useful baseline information to better estimate the risks associated with further industrial development in Collie.


  • Professor William Stock – Principal Supervisor
  • Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood – Associate Supervisor

Awards and Recognition

  • Student Research Award 2011 - Ecological Society of Australia
  • Edith Cowan University Post-graduate Research Scholarship, International (ECUPRSI)


Research Interests

Lichen biomonitoring, environmental science, animal behavioural science, plant tissue culture

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • BICOST- III (3rd Biennial Conference on Science and Technology) - Concept Papers & Conference Programme (2004). National Science and Technology Commission of Sri Lanka. Compiled by Vitarana M.C. and Nanayakkara P.R.

Journal Articles

  • Ramanayake, S.M.B.S.; Maddegoda, K.M.M.N.; Vitarana, M. C. and Chathurani, G.D.G. (2008). Root Induction in Three Species of Bamboo with Different Rooting Abilities. Scientia Horticulturae, 118 (3), 270-273.

Conference Publications

  • Vitarana, M.C., Stock, W.D. and Hinwood, A. (2012). Lichen biomonitoring along a potential pollution gradient in South West Western Australia [Abstract]. Sixth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, June 25-29, 2012, Houston, Texas, USA. 53 pp.
  • Ramanayake, S.M.B.S.; Vitarana, M. C. and Maddegoda, K.M.M.N. (2006). In vitro Rooting of Axillary Shoots of 3 Bamboos, Dendrocalamus giganteus, Dendrocalamus hoookari and Bambusa atra for Clonal Propagation. International Conference on Humid Tropical Eco Systems - Changes, Challenges and Opportunities. Kandy Sri Lanka. 64 pp.


Mrs. Meenu C. Vitarana
PhD Candidate in Environmental Management
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Natural Sciences

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