Dr. T.S.P. Fernando

Dr. T.S.P. Fernando

B.Sc (Honors). , M.Phil (University of Colombo, SL), P.hD. (University of Colombo), M.I.Biol (SL),
Senior Lecturer (G II)

Department of Zoology
Faculty Of Natural Sciences
Ground floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : W1

Tel : 2881446 (446)

E-Mail : saminda@ou.ac.lk

 

  • Senior Lecturer grade II in Zoology at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of  Sri Lanka (Dec 2015 to date).
  • Director Physical Education Unit of the Open University Of Sri Lanka (March 2019 to date)
  • Probationary Lecturer in Zoology at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of  Sri Lanka (Nov 2010 to Nov 2015).
  • Temporary Lecturer in Zoology at The Open University of Sri Lanka from (Feb – Oct 2010).
  • Senior Research Assistant at the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) of Sri Lanka from (Nov 2009 to Jan 2010).
  • Demonstrator (Teaching Assistant) at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka from (Nov 2007 to Oct 2009).
  • Research Assistant (part time) at the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka from (Nov 2008 to Nov 2009) (Grant No. RG/2008/EB/3).
  • Research Assistant at the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka from (Nov 2005 to Nov 2007) (Grant No. NSF/ Fellow/ 2005/1).

 

  • Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Diploma in Natural Resources and Eco-tourism

Course Co-ordination

BSc Degree Programme

  • ZYU5302- Conservation and Management of Biodiversity
  • ZLU4186/ZYU5312-Ornithology/ Fundamental of Ornithology
  • ZLU 4183/ ZYU 6303-Molecular Biology
  • ZLU4190/ZYU6310- Wildlife conservation and Management

Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management

  • ZYC2605 wildlife study techniques and field craft
  • ZYC2306 wildlife case studies

Diploma in Natural Resources and Eco-tourism

  • ZYD3383- Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka

MSc in Medical Entomology & Applied Parasitology

  • ZYP9306- Diagnostic Parasitology

Areas of specialization- Evolution Biology, Ethno-pharmacology, Parasitology, Wildlife

Research interestsTaxonomy, Molecular evolution, wildlife, Host-parasite coevolution, Evolutionary ecology of parasites, Evolution of immunity and immune systems, Sexual selection and sexual conflict, Reproductive allocation and life-history evolution, Natural selection in the wild and Urbanization effects.

Research:

  • Barriers to gene flow and the resulting endemism in an island endemic: phenotypic divergence and genetic introgression in Dinopium flamebacks of Sri Lanka.
  • An Assessment on Potential Health Benefits of Sri Lankan Black Tea (Dust Grade) by Studying some of its Bioactivities
  • Ecto and Intestinal parasites of some selected reptile species in National Zoological gardens, Sri Lanka
  • Home range, demography and behaviour of the Sri Lankan montane zone leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya),  Hantana Range: Dunumadalawa Forest Reserve
  • Preliminary investigations on the ecology and phylogenetic relationships of coronoviruses in Sri Lankan bats
  • Elucidating evolutionary affinities of Rattus species in Sri Lanka.
  • Ecosystem engineering services of crabs in natural, disturbed and restored mangrove habitats.
  • A study of gastrointestinal parasites in the wild, urban, sub urban and captive populations of macaque (Macaca sinica) species and the genetic diversity  among sub species level of  macaque in Sri Lanka.
  • The effect of Cadmium (Cd) and Lead (Pb) exposure in Quails (Coturnix coturnix).
  • Characterizing Buffalo Populations using Morphology, Morphometrics, Behaviour  and Genetic Composition.
  • A study on Sri Lankan saw scaled viper (Echis carinatus sinhaleyus) phylogeny, venom composition and venom neutralizing efficacy by Indian polyvalent anti-venom.
  • The aspects of behavioural response of Red-Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) in different environmental conditions: urban, semi-urban and natural.
  • Morphological and Molecular taxonomy of the Amphistomes occurring in the gastrointestinal tract of the wild elephants in Sri Lanka.
  • eleAlert-  A SENSOR FOR DETECTING ELEPHANT INTRUSIONS AT BOUNDARY VILLAGES.
  • 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,
  • Diversity, distribution and habitat relationships of avifauna in natural landscape and human altered land use types in Kandy District, Sri Lanka.

Publications

  1. Kotagama, O., Fernando, V. A. K., Yapa, W.B.  and Fernando, T. S. P. (2020). Host parasite interactions of bats in the Wavulgalgae Cave; a cave in Wallawaya, Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA Journal (In press).
  2. Rajapaksha, C., Amarasinghe, A.P., Fernando, S., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J. and Wickramasinghe, S. (2020). Morphological and molecular description of Armillifer sp. larvae isolated from Sri Lankan brown palm civet (Paradoxurus montanus). Parasitology Research, doi.org/10.1007/s00436-019-06581-7.
  3. Fernando, T. S. P., Samarasinghe, D.J.S. Fernando, V. A. K. (2019). A First time record of the round worm Ophidascaris baylisi, (Class:Nematoda, Family: Ascarididae) parasitizing  on Land monitor (Varanus bengalensis) in Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA, 7(1);48-50.
  1. Fernando, T.S.P. , Fernando, V. A. K., Ambalangodage, M..R., Dharmasena, C., Dharmasena, N., Harischandra, I. and Wedage, I.R (2018) The fresh water garfish (Xenentodon cancila, Hamilton 1822: Family Belonidae) predating on endemic black ruby barb (Pethia nigrofasciate , Gunther 1868: Family Cyprinidae) in Walawwatha wathurana swamp forest stream in Sri Lanka. Wetlands Sri Lanka, 4:78-81.
  1. Andrew M. Kittle, Anjali C. Watson & 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Andrew M. Kittle, Anjali C. Watson, P.H.S. Chanaka Kumara,S.D. Kashmi C. Sandanayake, H.K. Nimalka Sanjeewani & 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.
  1. Fernando T.S.P. & Fernando V. A. K. (2014) A pentastome (Armillifer moniliformis) parasitizing a common rat-snake TAPROBANICA, 06, ( 01): 47–48.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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

 

  1. Ranasinghe R.P.T.I, Fernando T.S.P. and  Wijesinghe M.R. (2020). Alterations in colour development induced by environmentally-relevant levels of lead and cadmium in hatchlings of the Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica), Proceedings of the 40th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.
  2. Ranasinghe R.P.T.I, Fernando T.S.P. and Wijesinghe M.R. (2020). Effects of exposure of dietary lead and cadmium on vocalization of hatchlings of the Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica). Proceedings of the 40th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.
  3. Premasiri V.P.N.A., Goonatilake S., Manamendra-Arachchi K.,Yapa W.B.,  Fernando T.S.P. and Wijesinghe M.R (2020) Morphometric characterization of buffalo skulls in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 40th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.
  4. Premasiri V.P.N.A., Fernando T.S.P., Yapa W.B. and Wijesinghe M.R (2020) Molecular phylogeny of Sri Lankan wild buffaloes based on genetic variability of mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Proceedings of the 40th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka.
  5. Hangawatta, T.A., Fernanda, T.S.P. and Dahanayaka, D.D.G.L. (2019). Spatial and temporal variation of fish assemblages and their associations in the Kala Oya river basin, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual Research symposium, Open University of Sri Lanka. Pp 16.
  6. Mendis, J.C., Goonawardhna, N.D.S., Abeykoon, Fernando, T.S.P. and Jayasinghe, C.D. (2019). Effect of monoamine oxidase (MAOA) allelic variants and childhood maltreatment on violent bahaviour: preliminary investigation on convicts in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual Research symposium, Open University of Sri Lanka. Pp 22.
  7. Galappaththy, T., Bandara, N., Dassanayake, S., Somathunga, C., Fernando, T.S.P., Jayasinghe, C.D., (2019). Evaluation of Chronic toxicity of FADNA EZY herbal tea in Wister Rat model. Rajarata International Research Conference, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Pp.113.
  8. Fernando, T. S. P., Samarasinghe, D.J.S. Fernando, V. A. K. (2019). A First time record of the round worm Ophidascaris baylisi, (Class:Nematoda, Family: Ascarididae) parasitizing  on Land monitor (Varanus bengalensis) in Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA international Symposium, pp 15.
  9. W.D.Y. del Mel, Faleel, R.A., Saminda P. Fernando, and Chanika D. Jayasinghe, (2019). A Successful attempt to reduce the oral sterotype of four captive Giraffes through feeding enrichment at the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. WILDLANKA international Symposium, pp 16. 
  10. W.D.Y. del Mel, U.K.G.K Padmalal,, Saminda P. Fernando, Ruwan J. Illeperuma, (2019). Habitat relations of Elephas maximus maximus in Maduru Oya National Park of Sri Lanka. Student Conference for Conservation Science (SCCS-Aus) Brisbane, Australia.
  11. Fernando., T.S.P. (2018). Wetlands are the key contributor for Biodiversity in Sri Lanka. Young Researchers forum on wetland conservation, Sri Lanka Water Partnership. Pp4.
  12. Gunasena, M.G.B., Udagama, P.V., Gnanthasan, A., and Fernando, S.P. (2018). The phylogenetic status of the Sri Lankan saw scaled viper (Family: viperidae, Echis  carinatus sinhaleyus). Proceedings of the 74th Annual session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Sri Lanka. pp54.
  13. Sampath Seneviratne, Dilini Abeyrama, Chirathi Wijekulatilake, Sanjaya Weerakkody, Janaka Perera, Nelum Wickramasinghe, and Saminda Fernando (2018).  Evolutionary significance of Sinharaja and Kanneliya MABRs for highly volant animals, Research Symposium on Wet Zone Forests, Forest Department, Sri Lanka.
  14. Saminda P. Fernando, Shanika Lasanthi, Rashika W. Ranasinghe and Sampath S. Seneviratne (2018). Patterns of phenotypic divergence with widespread convergence revealed across morphological, biochemical, vocal and genetic traits in a group of Asian woodpeckers. 27th International Ornithology Congress, Vancouver, Canada. Pp 175-176.
  15. Saminda P. Fernando, Darren E. Irwin  and Sampath S. Seneviratne (2017). In-depth analysis of vocal repertoires of Dinopium species complex in Sri Lanka: structural organization and categorization.  Proceedings of the Annual Research symposium, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pp 167.
  16. 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 flame-back woodpeckers of Sri Lanka. Biogeography Conference, Bangalore, India.
  17. 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 of bird research in Sri Lanka, Field Ornithology Union 40 year commemorative symposium. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Kittle, A. M., Watson, A. C. and T. S. P. Fernando (2015).The influence of intra-guild competition on leopard ecology and  behaviour: a case study in Yala National Park, Block I, Sri Lanka.  Symposium of Wild Cats of South Asia, past and present’ organised by the Sri Lanka Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (SLWPNS), November 2nd and 3rd2015, Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka.
  22. Kittle, A. M., Watson, A. C., Kumara, P.H.S. C., Sandanayake, S.  D.  K.  C., Sanjeewani, H.K.  N. and T.  S.  P.  Fernando (2015). Leopard ecology in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.  Symposium of Wild Cats of South Asia, past and present’ organised by the Sri Lanka Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (SLWPNS), November 2nd and 3rd 2015, Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka.
  23. 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).
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 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).
  31. 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.
  32. 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.

 

Books and Book Chapters

  • Author for following sessions of the Foundation Certificate Programme in Science: Level 2 (BZF 2208/ Biology II) of The Open University of Sri Lanka (2014).

 

Functional Animal-1, Block 2 (Units IV- VII)/ ISBN 978-955-23-1417-9

Unit IV: Animal Nutrition

Session 11: Digestive system

Session 12: Digestion and absorption of food

 

Functional Animal-2, Block 3 (Units VIII- X)/ ISBN 978-955-23-1496-4

Unit VIII: Co-ordination and Homeostasis

Session 21: Co-ordination by nervous system

Session 22: Reflex action and transmission of neural messages
Session 23: Human sensory organs

Session 24: Co-ordination by endocrine system

Session 25: Homeostasis

 

Unit IX: Support and movements

Session 26: Animal skeletal systems

Session 27:  Organization of the human skeletal system

Session 28: Skeletal muscular system

Session 29: Locomotion in animals

 

Unit X: Animal behavior

Session 30: Introduction to animal behavior

  • Author of following sessions of the Certificate Course in Laboratory Technology: Level 2 (PSC1221/ Basic Biology for Laboratory Practice) of The Open University of Sri Lanka (2014).

Unit III: Cell Biology, Physiology, Biochemical and Ecological Techniques/

ISBN 978-955-23-1268-7

Session 18: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Session 19: Histology

Session 20: Ecology

 

General articles and News letter articles (English/Sinhala language)      

  • Woodpeckers as a tool for Ornithological studies in Sri Lanka, Commemorative issue of 40th Anniversary of FOGSL (2016)
  • Overview of reptile fauna of Sri Lanka. Booklet of Workshop on Herpatofauna organized by Zoonet Society of OUSL (2011).
  • Amphibian diversity of Sri Lanka. Booklet of Workshop on Herpatofauna organized by Zoonet Society of OUSL (2011).
  • Hoonange hasireem ratawan ha owun ha bendunu mithya matha (an essay on Gecko behaviour and associated folklore in Sri Lanka). News letter of Young zoologist’s association of Sri Lanka. 2000, Jan- Mar (8) 1.
  • Sri lankawe Katussan (an essay on Lizards of Sri Lanka). News letter of Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka. 2000, Jul- Sept (8) 3.
  • Sri lankawe mapilun (an essay on Cat snakes of Sri Lanka). News letter of Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka. 2000, Oct- Dec (8) 4.

Academic Distinctions, Grants, Scholarships

Awards:

  • Presidential Research Award for International Scientific publications cited in World Science Citation Index (2016) held in 2018
  • 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

 

Grants, Scholarships:

  • RESEARCH GRANT 2020 – FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCE- OUSL- “The aspects of behavioural response of Red-Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) in different environmental conditions: urban, semi-urban and natural”
  • RESEARCH GRANT 2019 – FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCE- OUSL, “Elucidating evolutionary affinities of Rattus species in Sri Lanka and their reservoir host potential with respect to pathogens”
  • National Science Foundation International Training Scholarship, 2016, for postgraduate research training progarmme, Biodiversity Research Centre, University Of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 6 November to 15 December 2016.
  • National Science Foundation International Travel Grant, 2016, for oral presentation at the 6th North American Ornithology Conference, 16-20 August 2016, Washington DC, USA.
  • 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)

 

Memberships in Professional Bodies 

  • Treasure Of the Open University Teachers’ Association (OUTA) 2020 -to date
  • Secretary of Field Ornithology Group Sri Lanka- (Birdlife International affiliated) (FOGSL) (2017- 2018)
  • Committee member of Field Ornithology Group Sri Lanka- (Birdlife International affiliated) (FOGSL) (2014- 2016)
  • Joint Secretary of Institute of Biology of Sri Lanka (IOB) (2013).
  • Elected council member of Institute of Biology of Sri Lanka (2012)
  • Zoo-Net Society of The Open University of Sri Lanka (Life member)
  • Life member of Field Ornithology Group Sri Lanka- (Birdlife International affiliated) (FOGSL)
  • Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Life member
  • Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka (YZA)

  

Extra Curricular Activities 

  • University of Colombo coloursman for cricket in 2003 and 2004.
  • Captain of the Staff Cricket team in the Open university Of Sri Lanka.
  • Represented the University of Colombo Cricket team from 2002-2005.
  • Won the Gold Medal for One-day cricket in 8th National Inter-University Games 2004.
  • Participated in the Malaysian Cricket Tour representing the University Cricket team 2003 and 2004.
  • Represented the Amalgamated Cricket club in Division-two cricket tournament, organized by Sri Lanka Cricket 2003/2004.
  • Represent the University of Colombo Cricket team in State service cricket tournament, organized by Sri Lanka Cricket 2005 to 2010.
  • Team member of Staff cricket team Open University of Sri Lanka, from 2011 to to-date.
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