D e p a r t m e n t   o f

Zoology

  • Research on Endangered fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
  • Research on coral reef fish distribution, diversity and abundance
  • Research on ornithophilic mosquitoes in Sri Lanka
  • Research on Acaricide resistance and genetic diversity of Rhipicephalus sanguineus

In addition to teaching, emphasis is also given to research. Undergraduate students are given the opportunity to conduct research in a field of interest during their final year and they are encourage to share their findings at local and international forums. In addition, at present the department caters to 24 postgraduate students either registered for an M.Phil. or Ph.D. These students carryout their research in their chosen field of study related to topics in environment and biodiversity conservation, forensic entomology, parasitology, taxonomy and systematics, and vector borne diseases and vector control with the help and guidance from the academic staff of the Department.



Ph.D. Research

DNA barcoding of Sri Lankan Anopheles, Ades and Culex mosquitoes, and determination of age structure of selected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus populations in relation to disease transmission and insecticide resistance.

Supervisors: Prof. S. H. P. P. Karunaratne
Student: Ms. T. C. Weeraratne

Role of small mammals as reservoir hosts of Rickettsiosis and Leptospirosis in Sri Lnaka

Supervisors: Dr. S. H. Meegaskumbura, Dr. R. S. Rajakaruna, Dr. M. Meegaskumbura
Student: Ms. S. Yathramullage


M.Phil. Research

Impact of tropical forest fragmentation on figs and their wasp-pollinator interaction

Supervisors: Dr. W. A. I. P. Karunaratne, Dr. A. M. T. A. Gunaratne
Student: Mr. W. M. G. A. S. T. B. Wijetunga.

Otoacariasis in human: seasonal pattern, risk factors and the role of intra-aural ticks as disease carrying vectors

Supervisors: Dr. R. S. Rajakaruna, Prof. R. P. V. J. Rajapakse
Student: Ms. E. M. M. W. K. O. Bandaranayaka

Systemitic and phylogenetic relationships of murrine rodents in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Dr. S Meegaskumbura, Dr. M Meegaskumbura
Student: Ms. P. P. C Hemamali

Monitoring population size and home range of endangered fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) in the Gannoruwa Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. K B Ranawana
Student: Mr. A. N. Thudugala

Trematode induced deformities and toxicity to agrochemicals and ultraviolet radiation in amphibians

Supervisors: Dr. R S Rajakaruna, Dr. M Meegaskumbura
Student: Mr. D. A. G. N. B. Karunarathna

Dengue vector control in Sri Lanka: Occurrence of 'kdr' type mutations, Wolbachia and genetic diversity in Ades vector mosquito populations and the effect of insecticide fogging on non-target insects

Supervisors: Prof. S H P P Karunaratne, Dr. Wapp De Silva
Student: Mr. N. W. N. P. Nugapola

Influence of habitat complexity on coral reef fish distribution, diversity and abundance in three fringing reefs in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. K B Ranawana
Student: Ms. C. S. Munasinghe

Geographic distribution, acaricide resistance and vector capacity of dog ticks in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. R S Rajakaruna
Student: Ms. U. I. Dissanayake

Incidence and life histories of dipterans causing myiasis in patients admitted to the surgical wards of Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

Supervisors: Dr. Waip Karunaratne, Dr. I Goonerathne
Student: Mr. B.R.R.M.Y.S.T.B. Bambaradeniya

Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of selected jumping spider genera (Araneae: Salticidae) from Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. Sp Benjamin, Dr. M. Meegaskumbura
Student: Ms. K. Nilani

Biodiversity of crab spiders of Sri Lanka based on morphology and DNA barcodes

Supervisors: Prof. Sp Benjamin, Dr. P Samaraweera
Student: Ms. I. S. Ileperuma Arachchi

Disease ecology of trematode infections on amphibian hosts

Supervisors: Prof. R S Rajakaruna, Dr. M Meegaskumbura
Student: Ms. N. U. K. Pathirana

Canine vector borne diseases: prevalence, diversity and phylogenetics of species infecting dogs in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. R S Rajakaruna, Dr. A Dangolla
Student: Mr. P. S. Jayatilaka

Acaricide resistance status and genetic diversity of Rhipicephalus sanguineus in Kandy, Colombo and Kurunegala police kennels, Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. S H P P Karunaratne, Dr. W A P P De Silva
Student: Ms. K. M. U. J. Bandara

Species diversity, spatial feeding preferences and the vector status of ornithophilic mosquitoes in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Dr. W A P P Silva, Prof. S H P P Karunaratne
Student: Mr. W. G. D. Chathuranga

Factors affecting nest success and sex ration of hatchery relocated Green Turtle and Olive Ridely eggs

Supervisors: Prof. Rupika Rajakaruna
Student: Ms. N. S. Hewapathiranage

Bird species associations with Clusia rosea Jacq., an alien invasive species, in Hanthana Forest

Supervisors: Prof. G A D Perera, Dr. N P S Kumburegama
Student: Mr. W. M. M. S. Wijesundara

Distribution of terrestrial gastropod pests, their seasonal abundance and degree of damge to crops in agricultruaral lands in the Nuwara Eliya District

Supervisors: Dr. N P S Kumburegama, Prof. K B Ranawana
Student: Ms. K.G.D.D. Thilakarathne

Study of potentially toxic cyanobacteria and dinoflagellata species distribution with the defined ecological factors in the fresh waters of Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Dr. S. K. Yatigammana
Student: P.A.A.P.K.Senanayake

Impacts of selected algal toxins on the embryonic development of a nativr fish species, Devario malabaricus

Supervisors: Dr. S.K. Yatigammna, Dr. Shalika Kumburegama
Student: M.W.A.S.U.K. Wijesuriya

Role of heavy metals in the etiology of chronic renal failures in the North central province of Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Dr. S.K. Yatigammana, Prof. R. Chandrajith
Student: W.M.N.K. Wickramasinghe

Paleoecological studies of subfossil plankton and heavy metals in reservoir sediment in Ckdu prevalent and non prevalent areas of Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Dr. S.K. Yatigammana, Prof. R. Chandrajith
Student: R.V.H. Hansika

Competitive interactions among distantly related organisms : Flamingo, fish and plankton

Supervisors: Mr. M.W.C.S. Wijesundara
Student: K.T.Dilrukshi

A Survey on the pest gastropods and their potential threats to local agriculture in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya

Supervisors: Dr. N.P.S. Kumburegama, Prof. K.B. Ranawana
Student: P.W.D.B. Maheshini

Mango Fruit Flies, Parasitoids and Population Fluctuation in Peradeniya

Supervisors: Dr.W.A.I.P. Karunarathne
Student: K.L.M.Jayawardana

Coprological survey of wild mammals in three major national parks in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. R.S. Rajakaruna
Student: C.S.Sepalage

The identity of the invasive sail-fin catfishes in Sri Lanka based on mtDNA sequencing and Morphology

Supervisors: Prof. M.P.B. meegaskumbura
Student: A.M.A.J.Abesinghe

Host range of common mosquitoes in Udaperadeniya agriculture farm

Supervisors: Dr. W.A.P.P. de Silva
Student: D.G.S. Sandukalani

Phylogenetic relationship of Hump-nosed Pit vipers (Hypnale) in Sri Lanka

Supervisors: Prof. M.P.B. meegaskumbura
Student: A.F.F.Fazla

Freshwater Snail identification using morphological characters and DNA bar cording

Supervisors: Dr. N.P.S. Kumburegama, Dr. S. Boyagoda
Student: W.G.N.Gimhani

Antibiotic resistance and molecular characterization of Escherichia coli strains in hospital waste water and natural water bodies

Supervisors: Dr. C.L. Abayasekara
Student: M.I.F. Ishara