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Global Ambassador: Nisal Herath

Nisal graduated from Purdue with a PhD in Agricultural Economics. He studied the feedback loop between Climate Change and global land use in terms of forest cover and agricultural cultivation. Climate Change affects land use for various sectors, and in turn, the change in land use potentially feeds back into Climate Change.

Read more about Nisal's experience in graduate school below. Please note: Nisal provided these answers while he was still a graduate student at Purdue.

Ambassador Q & A (Questions and Answers)

Nisal Herath

Why did you choose Purdue?

Primarily because of Academics and Research

Favorite fact about Purdue?

There have been 22 astronauts from Purdue.

One word that best describes your work?


If you have free time, how do you choose to spend it?

Reading, playing sports and watching sports

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Facebook and Whatsapp

I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper

What are you currently reading, or what is the last thing you read (aside from academic reading)?

The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

How do you recharge physically and/or mentally?

TV shows, going to the gym and reading

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Work hard and stay humble

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