Dr. T.S.P. Fernando

Senior Lecturer (G II)

Zoology
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contact:

Central Campus, Ground floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : W5

Office: 2881446, Ext: 446 Mobile: 718441883

Email: saminda@ou.ac.lk samijaela@yahoo.com


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Area of Specification:

Parasitology

Affiliations:

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Programmes Coordination:

Advance Certificate in Wildlife conservation and Management

Awards:
  • Hiran Tillekeratne Special Awards for Outstanding Postgraduate Research carried out during the period 2009-2011 in the field of Natural Science, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka (2012)
  • Presidential Research Award for International Scientific publications cited in World Science Citation Index (2009)
  • Presidential Research Award for International Scientific publications cited in World Science Citation Index (2008)
  • Presidential Research Award for International Scientific publications cited in World Science Citation Index (2007)
  • The Gulamhusein A.J. Noorbhai Gold Medal for Best Undergraduate Research Project in Zoology for the year 2005, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Mr. and Mrs. Reansey Peris Memorial Scholarship for Zoology, St. Benedict’s College, Colombo (2000)
  • Best Biology student in St. Benedict’s College, Colombo (1999)
Researches:

ANDREW M. KITTLE, ANJALI C. WATSON & T. SAMINDA P. FERNANDO (2017) The ecology and behaviour of a protected area Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. Tropical Ecology 58(1): 71–86.

Fernando S.P.  Irwin, D.E. and Seneviratne, S.S.  (2016). Phenotypic and genetic analysis support distinct species status of the Red-backed Woodpecker (Lesser Sri Lanka Flameback: Dinopium psarodes) of Sri Lanka. Auk, Ornithological Advance 133:497-511.

Fernando S.P.  and S.S. Seneviratne (2015). Quantitative analysis of the variation of plumage colouration in Dinopium flame-back complex of Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA 3:61-67.

Andrew M. Kittle, Anjali C. Watson, P.H.S. Chanaka Kumara,S.D. Kashmi C. Sandanayake, H.K. Nimalka Sanjeewani & T. Saminda P. Fernando (2014) Notes on the diet and habitat selection of the Sri Lankan Leopard Panthera pardus kotiya (Mammalia: Felidae) in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Journal of Threatened Taxa, 6(9): 6214–6221.

Fernando T.S.P. & Fernando V. A. K. (2014)  A pentastome (Armillifer moniliformis) parasitizing a common rat-snake TAPROBANICA, 06, ( 01): 47–48.

Fernando, T.S.P. and Fernando V. A. K. (2012) Three ixodidae tick species parasitizing on Rock Python (Python molurus) in Sri Lanka. Taprobanica, 4: 54-56.

Randeniya, P.V.U., Fernando, T.S.P. and Fernando H.K.A.V.A. K., (2012) Bothridium pithonis (Blainvelle, 1824) from rock python (Python morulus) of National Zoological garden of Sri Lanka. World Journal of Zoology 7 (3): 200-202.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2011). Antinociceptive activity of Sri Lankan black tea brew (Camellia sinensis L.) in rats. International Research Journal for pharmacy 2(6); 128-137.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2010) Hepatoprotective activity of Sri Lankan black tea (Camellia sinensis) in rats. Journal of Pharmacy Research 3(3): 1-3.

Fernando, T.S.P. and Randeniya, P.V. (2009) Ecto Parasites and intestinal parasites of some selected reptile species in National Zoological Gardens, Sri Lanka. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife diseases 40(2): 272-275.

Ratnasooriya, W.D. and Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Antidiarrhoeal activity of Sri Lankan Dust grade black tea (Camellia sinensis) in mice. Pharmacognosy Magazine 18(4): 116-122.

Ratnasooriya, W.D. and Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Anti-inflammatory activity of Sri Lankan black tea (Camellia sinensis L.) in rats. Pharmacognosy Research 1:11-20.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Effect of heavy consumption of black tea brew of Camellia sinensis on fertility of male rats. Sri Lanka Bulletin of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences 1(1):3-7.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Effect of Sri Lanka black tea (Camellia sinensis L) on pregnancy of rats. Journal of Basic & clinical pharmacology & Toxicology 105: 361-365.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Gastric ulcer healing activity of Sri Lanka Dust grade No: 1 tea (Camellia sinensis L). Pharmacognosy Magazine 19(4): 260-265.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Gastroprotective activity of high grown Sri Lankan dust grade No: 1 tea (Camellia sinensis L) in rats. Pharmaceutical Biology 47(8): 675-682.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2009) Lipid lowering activity of Sri Lankan black tea brew (Camellia sinensis L.) in rats. Journal of science, Eastern University.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P., Ranatunga, R.A.A.R (2009) Diuretic activity of high grown Sri Lankan dust grade No: 1 tea (Camellia sinensis L) in rats. Pharmacognosy Research 1:4-10.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2008) Effect of black tea brew of (Camellia sinensis L) on sexual competence of male rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 118: 373-377.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2008) Effect of Sri Lankan black tea brew (Camellia sinensis) on body weight, liver and kidney function tests in rats. Journal of science, Eastern University 5(1): 1-8.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2008) In vitro thrombolytic activity of Sri Lankan black tea (Camellia sinensis L.). Journal of the National Science Foundation, 36: 179-181.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2007) Anxiolytic activity of brew of Camellia sinensis made from Sri Lankan Dust grade No 1 black tea. Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 19(4): 178-183.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. (2007) Effect of black tea brew of Camellia sinensis on oestrous cycle of rats. Journal of Tea Science 72 (2): 61-66.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P., Madubashini, P.P. (2007) Effect of Sri Lanka black tea brew (Camellia sinensis ) on Hexaberbital -induced sleep in mice. Vidyodaya Journal of Science, 13: 109-114.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P., Ranatunga, R.A.A.R., (2007) In vitro anticlotting activity of Sri Lankan high grown black tea (Camellia sinensis). Journal of Tea Science, 72 (1): 23-29.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P., Senevirathna, C.D.W.Y. (2007) Antipyretic activity of Sri Lanka tea Camellia sinensis. Journal of Tea Science 72 (2): 54-60.

 

Research Communications

Saminda P. Fernando, Rashika W. Ranasinghe and Sampath S. Seneviratne (2017). Patterns of divergence revealed across biochemical, morphological, vocal and genetic traits in an island endemic: the flameback woodpeckers of Sri Lanka, International Biogeogarhphy conferences, Bangaluru, India.

Saminda P. Fernando, U.A. Jayawardena, I.K. Rajapakse, U.K.G.K. Padmalal (2017).Ornithological research of the Open University of Sri Lanka; A model for open and distance education. 40 years bird research symposium, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Saminda P. Fernando and Sampath S. Seneviratne (2016). Dynamics of a hybrid zone between an island endemic and its continental sister species of flameback woodpeckers in Sri Lanka. 6th North American Ornithological Conference, Washington DC, USA. pp 141.

Fernando S.P, and Seneviratne S.S. (2015). A phylogenetic analysis of Dinopium woodpeckers in Sri Lanka using Cyt b and COI nucleotide sequences (Aves:Piciformes), Proceedings of the 35th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka. pp 64.

Fernando, S.P. and Seneviratne, S.S., (2015).Genetic clustering and hybrid inferiority support distinct species status of the Red-backed Woodpecker (Dinopium psarodes) of Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the Annual Research symposium, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pp 117

Kittle, A.M., Watson, A.C., Kumara, P.H.C., Sandanayake, S.D.K., Sanjeewani, H.K.N. and Fernando, T.S.P. (2015). Leopard Ecology in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Symposium on wild cats of South Asia past and present. pp 2-3.

Fernando S.P., and S.S. Seneviratne (2014). Local adaptations and distance away from the Indian mainland had contributed towards endemism in Dinopium Flamebacks in Sri Lanka. 4th Student Conference on Conservation Science, Bangalore, India (available online: http://www.sccs-bng.org/2014/abstracts/158).

Perera, P.M., Krishnarajah, S.R., Bandara, R.M.N.S., Eswaramohan, T., Surendran, S.N. & Fernando T.S.P. (2014). Spiders and other Arachnid species of Delft Island, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Jaffna Science Association, Vol 21, pp 8.

Fernando S.P. &  Seneviratne S.S. (2013)  Character variation along the climatic gradients in birds endemic to Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual Research symposium, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pp 176

Ratnasooriya, W.D. and Fernando, T.S.P., (2008). Antidiarrhoeal activity of Sri Lankan Dust grade black tea (Camellia sinensis) in mice. Annual Research symposium, University of Colombo, pp 125.

Ratnasooriya, W.D. and Fernando, T.S.P., (2007). Gastroprotective activity of high grown Sri Lankan dust grade No: 1 tea (Camellia sinensis L) in rats. Proceedings of the 63rd Annual session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Sri Lanka. pp121.

Ratnasooriya, W.D. and Fernando, T.S.P., (2007). Antinociceptive activity of Sri Lankan black tea brew (Camellia sinensis L.) in rats. Proceedings of the 27th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka. pp 45.

Ratnasooriya, W.D., Fernando, T.S.P. and Ranatunga, R.A.A.R (2006) Diuretic activity of high grown Sri Lankan Dust grade No:1 tea Camellia sinensis L.,) in rats Proceedings of the 62nd  Annual session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Sri Lanka. pp 70

Fernando, T.S.P., (2005). Ecto and Intestinal Parasites of some selected reptile species in National Zoological Gardens, Sri Lanka. B.Sc. Thesis, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Unpublished).

Fernando, T.S.P., De Silva, A., and Randeniya, P.V., (2005). Ecto Parasites of some selected reptile species in National Zoological Gardens, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 25th annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka, pp 45.

Fernando, T.S.P., De Silva, A., and Randeniya, P.V., (2005). Intestinal Parasites of some selected reptile species in National Zoological Gardens, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 25th annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka, pp 46.

Ongoing Research:

Speciation and Island biogeogarphy

 

Research Supervisions:

Under graduate students: Co-supervising

University of Colombo

A study on Sri Lankan saw scaled viper (Echis carinatus sinhaleyus) phylogeny, venom composition and venom neutralizing efficacy by Indian polyvalent anti-venom .

The Open University of Sri Lanka

Spatial and temporal variation of habitat relations and genetic variation in Elephas maximus maximus in Maduru Oya National Park.

Fish species composition and diversity variations in Kala Oya river basin with relation to environmental conditions.

 

Postgraduate student: co-supervising

The Open University of Sri Lanka

Diversity, distribution and habitat relationships of avifauna in natural landscape and human altered land use types in Kandy District, Sri Lanka

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