I am a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate at LSU, getting my Doctorate in Geology studying planetary science. In my research, I focus on the martian surface, and how we can understand its history based on the surface chemistry and mineralogy. However, since I am stuck here on Earth, I also like to study locations on this planet that may be similar to those that once existed on Mars, often called "martian analogs". Even the most remote places on Earth are nextdoor compared to Mars, making these analogs much easier to study. The thing about my work that excites me most is that, when we do research, we get to make discoveries and find a truth that nobody has known before. I hope that we can do that in Sri Lanka, and truly discover something new about the history of these rocks.