Kasun Gayantha

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

I am working as a technical assistant at MPI-SHH, but my current working place is MPI-BGC, Jena. My main task is measuring compound-specific stable isotopes in n-alkane and FAMEs with coupled gas chromatograph isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC-IRMS system) at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. I have gained expertise in lipid extraction and purification, biomarker analysis and compound-specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA). I am proficient in the use and upkeep of analytical instruments mainly GC-FID, GC-MS and GC-IRMS.

Curriculum Vitae

I joined with MPI-SHH in November-2021 to measure stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes in n-alkane and FAMEs for the Patrick Roberts research group. 

I completed my PhD in Earth Sciences (Dr. rer, nat.) at International Max Planck Research School for global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC), Jena in July 2021. During my PhD, I worked as a doctoral researcher at MPI-BGC from 2017 to 2021. My PhD project focused on the multi-proxy reconstruction of South Asian monsoon variability in Sri Lanka during the Holocene.

I earned my master’s degree (MPhil) in Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka focused on multi-proxy paleoclimate reconstructions. During my MPhil research project, I worked as an exchange graduate student at Linköping University, Sweden. I received my B.Sc. degree specializing in Geology at the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 


Gayantha, K., Routh, J., Anupama, K., Lazar, J., Prasad, S., Chandrajith, R., Roberts, P., Gleixner, G. 2020. Reconstruction of the Late Holocene climate and environmental history from North Bolgoda Lake, Sri Lanka, using lipid biomarkers and pollen records. J. Quat. Sci. 35, 514–525.

Gayantha, K., Routh, J., and Chandrajith, R. 2017. A multi-proxy reconstruction of the late Holocene climate evolution in Lake Bolgoda, Sri Lanka. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 473, 16–25.

Njagi, D., Routh, J., Daniel, O., Gayantha, K. 2021. A multi-proxy reconstruction of the late Holocene climate evolution in the Kapsabet Swamp, Kenya (East Africa). Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 574, 110475

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