- 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.
- Trestrail, C.,Walpitagama, M.,Hedges, C.,Truskewycz, A.,Miranda, A.,Wlodkowic, D.,Shimeta, J.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Foaming at the mouth: Ingestion of floral foam microplastics by aquatic animals In: Science of the Total Environment, 705, 1 - 13
- Shen, H.,Kibria, G.,Wu, R.,Morrison, P.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Spatial and temporal variations of trace metal body burdens of live mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis and field validation of the Artificial Mussels in Australian inshore marine environment In: Chemosphere, 248, 1 - 12
- Willems, D.,Reeves, J.,Morrison, P.,Trestrail, C.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Trace metal biomonitoring in the east Gippsland Lakes estuary using the barnacle Amphibalanus variegatus and mussel Mytilus edulis In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27, 3361 - 3383
- Miranda, A.,Trestrail, C.,Lekam Ralalage, S.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Effects of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) on the thyroid status, vitellogenin, and oxidant�antioxidant balance in the Murray River rainbowfish In: Ecotoxicology, 29, 163 - 174
- Lekam Ralalage, S.,Miranda, A.,Abraham, A.,Ball, A.,Shukla, R.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). The toxicity of coated silver nanoparticles to the alga Raphidocelis subcapitata In: SN Applied Sciences, 2, 1 - 14
- Trestrail, C.,Nugegoda, D.,Shimeta, J. (2020). Invertebrate responses to microplastic ingestion: Reviewing the role of the antioxidant system In: Science of the Total Environment, 734, 1 - 18
- Trestrail, C.,Shimeta, J.,Nugegoda, D. (2020). Sub-lethal responses to microplastic ingestion in invertebrates: toward a mechanistic understanding using energy flux In: Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments, Taylor & Francis, United States
- Hassell, K.,Allinson, M.,Myers, J.,Townsend, K.,Chinathamby, K.,Miranda, A.,Shanthanagouda, A.,Nugegoda, D.,Allinson, G.,Pettigrove, V. (2019). Victorian report on endocrine disruption research - May 2018 In: Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology, 16, 151 - 162
- Lekam Ralalage, S.,Miranda, A.,Pham, V.,Ball, A.,Shukla, R.,Nugegoda, D. (2019). The toxicity of non-aged and aged coated silver nanoparticles to the freshwater shrimp Paratya australiensis In: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health - Part A: Current Issues, 82, 1207 - 1222
- Tybell, L.,Nugegoda, D.,Trenfield, M.,Van Dam, R.,Humphrey, C.,Mooney, T.,Harford, A. (2019). Acute and chronic toxicity of magnesium to the early life stages of two tropical freshwater mussel species In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 184, 1 - 10
- The health of Victoria's marine mammals: ecotoxicology and biomarker assessment (Lead CI: PhD student Ms Chantel Foord). Funded by: Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - Grant from (2020 to 2021)
- Single Particle Elemental Analysis � Imaging Mass Cytometer Facility (administered by University of Melbourne). Funded by: ARC LIEF via other University from (2020 to 2020)
- 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 2020)
- 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)
10 PhD Current Supervisions and 3 Masters by Research Current Supervisions22 PhD Completions and 4 Masters by Research Completions