D e p a r t m e n t   o f

Botany

Name

Dr. Thilanka Athawuda Gunaratne

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

B.Sc. (Perad.), Ph.D. (Aberdeen, UK)

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About Me

I have been serving the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya as an ecologist for the past 12 years. 

Vision Statement
To inspire positive change in the world via directly connecting with people through education, research and outreach to benefit environmental conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources.

Positions Held

Faculty Representative, Center for Environmental Studies, University of Peradeniya - (from 2012 to date)

Chairperson, Faculty Environmental Management Committee - (from 2016 to date)

Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2011 - 2013)

Secretary, Board of Study in Environmental Science, Postgraduate Institute of Science - (2012 - 2013)

Member, Board of Study in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Science, UoP - (2017 to date)

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Departmental Coordinator for the Environmental Science (Special) Degree Programme - (January 2016 to date)

Departmental Coordinator, Science Education - (October 2015 to September 2019)

Senior Treasurer, Peradeniya University Botanical Society - (2019 to date)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Experimenting suitable combinations of plant species for establishing native tree islands in man-made grasslands at the Knuckles Forest Reserve,Sri Lanka.

2010 to 2021: : A collaborative project with Prof. C.V.S Gunatilleke (UoP, SL), Prof. I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke (UoP, SL) and Prof. G. Senevirathne (National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, SL) Funded by National Research Council, Sri Lanka Role: Principal Investigator PhD candidate: Mr. Rasanga D.A. Gunasekara (University of Ruhuna)

Impacts of forest edge characteristics on regeneration and plant invasion in an isolated lowland rainforest remnant in the Knuckles range, Sri Lanka.

2011 to 2021: A collaborative project with Dr. H.M.S.P. Madawla (UoP, SL) and Prof. I.A. U.N. Gunatilleke (UoP, SL) Funding Body: National Research Council, Sri Lanka. PhD candidate: D. N. Sripal Dewasinghage

Population structure and diversity of Osbeckia lanata Alston. (Endemic, Endangered)wild populations in Sri Lanka

2019 to date: A collaborative project with H.A.C. K. Ariyaratne (Department of Botany, UoP), A.Attanayake (Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya) M.Phil Research student: Ms. E.H. Chinthani M. Eeriyawala

Seed Storage Behavior of Fifty Keystone Rainforest Species from Sri Lanka: Towards Conservation of Biodiversity.

2017 to date: A collaborative project with Prof. G. Jayasuriya, Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. PhD research student: Ms. C. Samarasinghe

Diversity and Distribution of Mangroves in Rekawa Laqoon, Sri Lanka using GIS and Remote Sensing Approach

2020 to date: A collaborative project with Dr. J. Gunatillake M.Sc. research project of Ms. Jayani Gunawardhane (M.Sc. degree program in GIS and Remote Sensing)

Comparison of dragonfly diversity in two fragmented lowland evergreen forest patches in Sri Lanka

2020 to date M.Sc. research project of Ms. Udari Peiris (MSc. degree program in Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Environment Management)

Promotion of ecotourism in Mannar, Sri Lanka

2020 to date M.Sc. research project of Ms. Anushka Senevirathne (M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Environment Management)

Urban bird diversity in selected areas in Colombo District

2020 to date M.Sc. research project of Ms. Kasuni Perera (M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Environment Management)

Memberships & Awards

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President's Award for Scientific Publications, National Research Council, Sri Lanka - 2011 and 2014

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Merit Award for Scientific Publications, National Research Council, Sri Lanka - 2010

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PhD studentship, EU-Asia Link Program – 2003 to 2006

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University Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2002

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Mahapola Higher Education (Merit) Scholarship, Govt. of Sri Lanka – 1998 to 2002