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Ms. Shamindri Tennakoon

Probationary Lecturer

B.Sc. (Perad.)

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About Me

Positions Held

Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Florida, USA ; Invertebrate Biodiversity (ZOO4205C/ZOO6927); Spring 2017,2018, BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1; Fall 2015-Spring 2016, - (August, 2015-present)

Research Assistant, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka - (January 2015-June 2015)

Demonstrator, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2014)

Seminar support- Biology Graduate Student Association, UF - (Summer 2018-Spring 2019)

Student representative for Florida Museum University teaching committee - (Fall 2017-present)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Mollusks as a Proxy for Assessing Ecological Impacts of Artificial Reefs

A Comparison of Dead and Living Mollusk Assemblages in the Suwannee Regional Reef System, Florida

Historical Ecology of Seagrass Meadows

Assessing Multi-Centennial Dynamics of Threatened Biodiversity Hotspots

Echinoid Associated Traces (EAT) project; investigates evolutionary and ecological causes and consequences of predation on echinoids by focusing on the fossil record of drill holes on post-Paleozoic echinoids

Morphometric analysis of Cenozoic cassid snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) to determine taxon/time specific trends in disparity and body size

Cassid snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from the upper Eocene of Florida

Memberships & Awards


Lelia and William Brayfield Scholarship Award, South West Florida Fossil Society, 2018


Brian Riewald Memorial Fund Research Grant, Department of Biology, University of Florida, 2017


The Florida Paleontological Society's Gary S. Morgan Student Research Award, 2016


R. Jerry Britt, Jr. Paleobiology Scholarship, Florida Museum of Natural History, 2016


Astronaut Trail Shell Club Scholarship, 2016


University of Florida International Center; Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement, 2016


F.P. Amerasinghe Memorial Gold Medal for Zoology, 2014, University of Peradeniya


University Award for Academic Excellence 2014, University of Peradeniya


Association for Women Geoscientists


Paleontological Society