Insect behavior and ecology had always fascinated Ramalka since her childhood, and throughout her teaching career in science.
Ramalka completed her Bachelor of Science (hons.) in Zoology from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, studying on the ecology and behavior of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) pest in Sri Lanka. Her interests are towards investigating insect–plant interactions on pest species and finding natural bio controlling solutions. As a PhD candidate at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia, she focuses on identifying a novel approach for managing Fall Armyworm using Silicon and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi.
Ramalka is supervised by Associate Professor Scott Johnson, and co-supervised by Dr Adam Frew.