Dr Nimesha Fernando

Name Dr Nimesha Jayaweera Fernando
Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office Y148 (Y Building, Level 1, East Wing)
Phone +613 53279189

Research interests

  • Weed biology
  • Aquatic weed management
  • Invasive plant physiology
  • Grain chemistry and climate change

Short biography

Nimesha achieved her PhD at University of Melbourne in the school of Land and Environment in 2014. Her PhD research was on wheat grain quality dynamics under elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations in Mediterranean climate conditions. Following this she joined with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries as a research scientist where she investigated phenolic compounds in pulse crops which are having health benefits to human, and identifying their genotypic and environmental variation. Nimesha was awarded one of the prestigious award “Alltech young scientist” in 2013, after competing more than 8,000 of global graduate registrants. Her current research focus on weed competition with crop species under changing climate conditions and aquatic invasive plant species management.


  • Bachelor of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
  • Master of Natural Resources Management, University of Peradeniya
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Teaching areas

  • SCENV2800 Pest Plants and Animals

Extended research profile