- Ecotoxicology and environmental biology with a focus on aquatic ecotoxicology, pesticides, trace metals, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), cyanobacterial toxins and their effects on fish and invertebrates
- Biomonitoring of environmental contamination using fish and invertebrates in water and earthworms in soil
- Development of toxicity tests using Australian species
- Enzymes and hormones as biomarkers of environmental exposure to xenobiotics
- Effect of dryland salinity on freshwater ecosystems
- Bioremediation of metal contaminated and salinised sites
- Minimising nutrient pollution from aquaculture and evaluating water quality with a focus on reclaimed and recycled water
Scholarships, awards and fellowships
- 2008/09: Visiting Fellowship, Flinders Research Centre for Coastal & Catchment Environments (FR3cE), Flinders University
- 2003: RMIT Faculty of Life Sciences: Research Supervision Award.
- 1999 - 2003: 5 Visiting Research Fellowships (2-4 months each) from the GSF National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Munich Germany to collaborate on the research project “Biomarkers of pollution in fish from contaminated sites in the Yangtze River region, China“ with the Institute of Ecological Chemistry.
- 1985/86: Drapers Company/Queen Mary College Award for Postgraduate Study, University of London.
- 1982 – 1985: Open Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission of the U.K.
- 1982: Fulbright-Hayes Graduate Student Award for study in the U.S.
- 1977: Scholarship for the Best Results in the First Examination in Natural Sciences, University of Colombo
ecotoxicology; environment; pollution; toxicity; toxic chemicals; biota; water; Environmental Impact Assessment; pesticides; trace metals; coal seam gas; coal; oil, hydrocarbons; chemicals; aquatic; marine; freshwater; algal blooms; cyanobacteria; endocrine disruption; EDCs; toxicants; sustainability; ecosystem; fish; invertebrates; yabbies; hydra;
Professor Nugegoda’s teaching commitments include undergraduate and Masters courses in Ecotoxicology, and Aquatic Resources Management. She is the course coordinator for Ecotoxicology and Animal Structure and Function and teaches into Animal Diversity, Marine Biology, Ecology and other related courses in Environmental Biology. She is also coordinator of the Environmental stream in the Master of Biotechnology degree.
- RMIT Animal Ethics Committee (since 2007)
- RMIT representative on the Council of the Queenscliff Marine Consortium (since 2002)
- Member of the RMIT (Vietnam-Australia) 5-member Water Research Team led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation to conduct Water Environment Workshops in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Min City in 2002
- Current collaborative research team member since 2005
- Representative on the University International Student Staff Advisory Network (since 2000)
- Member of the International Student Working Party convened and led by the Chair of the Research and Graduate Studies Committee (2001-2002)
- Departmental Representative on the Faculty of Life Sciences Higher Degrees Committee (2001 - 2004)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours, first class), University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), 1980
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of London, Kings College and Queen Mary College (United Kingdom), 1986
- On the Global Bioaccumulation Advisory Group, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) appointed to the Steering Committee 2008.
- Elected to the Pesticide Policy Advisory Group for the Forest Stewardship Council of Australia 2008-2009
- International Reviewer Research Grants Council of Hongkong and International assessor National Research Council of South Africa (since 2006)
- Appointed to the expert advisory panel on ecotoxicology for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority 2005.
- Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
- Member of the Asian Fisheries Society
- Member of the Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology. Elected Representative for the State of Victoria 2000 – 2006 and Vice President 2007-2009
- Scientific Member of the Society for Ecotoxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), USA (since 1995)
- Member of the Australian Society of Limnology
- RMIT representative on the Council of the Victorian Marine Sciences Consortium
Professor Nugegoda is deeply committed to international issues, being an alumnus of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and the University of London, U.K. and having work experience in Sri Lanka, the UK, Germany, China, Singapore and Vietnam.
- Cartlidge, R.,Nugegoda, D.,Wlodkowic, D. (2017). Millifluidic Lab-on-a-Chip technology for automated toxicity tests using the marine amphipod Allorchestes compressa In: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 239, 660 - 670
- Nugegoda, D.,Kibria, G. (2017). Effects of environmental chemicals on fish thyroid function: Implications for fisheries and aquaculture in Australia In: General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 40 - 53
- Pham, B.,Miranda, A.,Allinson, G.,Nugegoda, D. (2017). Evaluating the non-lethal effects of organophosphorous and carbamate insecticides on the yabby (Cherax destructor) using cholinesterase (AChE, BChE), Glutathione S-Transferase and ATPase as biomarkers In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 143, 283 - 288
- Bal, N.,Nugegoda, D.,Kumar, A. (2017). Assessing multigenerational effects of prednisolone to the freshwater snail, Physa acuta (Gastropoda: Physidae) In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 339, 281 - 291
- Kleinhenz, L.,Nugegoda, D.,Verspaandonk, E.,Coombes, D.,Howe, S.,Shimeta, J. (2016). Toxicity of an herbicide and adjuvant to saltmarsh invertebrates in the management of invasive grass; Comparative laboratory and field tests In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109, 334 - 343
- Wlodkowic, D.,Nugegoda, D. (2016). Optical tracking of embryonic vertebrates behavioural responses using automated time-resolved video-microscopy system In: Proceedings of the 2016 SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia - Volume 10013, Adelaide, Australia, 17-19 October 2016
- Huang, Y.,Nigam, A.,Campana, O.,Nugegoda, D.,Wlodkowic, D. (2016). Miniaturized video-microscopy system for near real-time water quality biomonitoring using microfluidic chip-based devices In: Proceedings of SPIE 10013, SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, 100131R, Adelaide, Australia, 9 December 2016
- Cartlidge, R.,Campana, O.,Nugegoda, D.,Wlodkowic, D. (2016). Optofluidic technology for monitoring rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus responses to regular light pulses In: Proceedings SPIE 10013, SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, 100132B, Adelaide, Australia, 9 December 2016
- Finger, A.,Lavers, J.,Orbell, J.,Dann, P.,Nugegoda, D.,Scarpaci, C. (2016). Seasonal variation and annual trends of metals and metalloids in the blood of the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110, 261 - 273
- Bal, N.,Kumar, A.,Du, J.,Nugegoda, D. (2016). Prednisolone impairs embryonic and posthatching development and shell formation of the freshwater snail, Physa acuta In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35, 2339 - 2348
- Thyroid hormones in shearwaters as indicators of endocrine disruption from exposure to pollutants. Funded by: Seaworld Research and Rescue Foundation Marine Vertebrate Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2019)
- Experiment-Based Evaluation of Management Practices for Control of the Invasive Saltmarsh Grass, Spartina anglica.. Funded by: Parks Victoria Competitive Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2015)
- Experiment based evaluation of management practices for the control of Spartina. Funded by: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Contract from (2014 to 2015)
- Investigating the sources and mechanisms of Cd accumulation to a freshwater prawn species. Funded by: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Grant pre-2014 from (2011 to 2012)
- Investigation of endocrine disruption in Australian aquatic environments. Administered by Griffith University.. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via other University pre-2014 from (2010 to 2013)
11 PhD Current Supervisions16 PhD Completions and 4 Masters by Research Completions