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Zoology

Name

Mr. Chaminda Wijesundara

Senior Lecturer

B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil. (Perad.)

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About Me

I graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, with a B.Sc. Special Degree in Zoology with First Class Honors, and have been working as an academic staff member in the Department of Zoology since 2001. For my graduate degrees, I have carried out my research in the field of ecology, specifically avian ecology. My research interests include population ecology of birds, especially waterbirds, rare species and species with limited distributions, and bird behavior. I am also interested in the ecology of large mammals. I teach courses in ecology, ornithology, mammalogy, and wildlife management.

Positions Held

Senior Lecturer (Grade I) in zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. - (2018 – to date)

Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Peradeniya - (2012-2018)

Lecturer in zoology in the permanent staff of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (February 19, 2001 – January 1, 2012)

Visiting Academic, for ZYU 5302 Conservation and Management of Biodiversity (3 Credits), The Open University of Sri Lanka. - (July 12 – December 31, 2019)

Visiting Lecturer, for AS 3204 Wildlife & Ecosystems (2 Credits), Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. - (2018-2021)

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Visiting Lecturer, for ASF 3107 Wildlife Management (2 Credits), Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. - (2019-2020)

Visiting Lecturer, for EDU 207 Biology: Organisms and Their Interactions (3 Credits), Department of Education, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya - (2016-2021)

Visiting Lecturer, for ASF 4102 Animal Quarantine & Biosecurity (1 Credit), Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. - (2017-2018)

Lecturer in the Board of Study in Environmental Science of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (November 26, 2011 – to date)

Lecturer in the Board of Study in Zoological Sciences of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (June 23, 2014 – to date)

Lecturer in the Board of Study in Plant Sciences of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (April 24, 2016 – to date)

Secretary of the Board of Study in Zoological Sciences of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (April 19, 2017 – April 18, 2020)

Member of the Board of Study in Zoological Sciences of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (April 19, 2014 – April 18, 2017 and April 19, 2017)

Program Coordinator for the M.Sc. Program in Biodiversity, Ecotourism, and Environment Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (September 2, 2012 – to date)

Secretary of the Zoology Departmental Committee, University of Peradeniya, - (2016-2020)

Senior Student Counselor, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. - (January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

Teaching Assistant, Biology Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. - (August 1, 2007 – July 31, 2010)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. - (January 01, 2007 – June 30, 2007)

Lecturer (on contract basis), Department of Zoology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (May 02, 2000 - February 18, 2001)

Co-coordinator of the International Symposium on Water Quality and Human Health (2013 – 2016), organized by the Board of Study in Environmental Science of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

Executive Committee Member of the University of Peradeniya Science Teachers’ Association - (2014/2015)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Survey of key birding areas in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka for ecotourism development.

This research is directed towards measuring avian species diversity of the Northern Province, finding the distribution of avian specialties in the Northern Province, and finding potential areas suitable for avitourism in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Ornithological Impact Assessment of the proposed 2x10 MW wind power project in Thanankilappu-Chavakachcheri area in the Jaffna Peninsula.

Memberships & Awards

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Member of the National Geographic Society (Washington D.C., U.S.A.) since December 2009.

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Member of the National Audubon Society (New York, U.S.A.) since February 2011.

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Member of the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A.) since June 2009.

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Member of the Sierra Club (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) since November 2010.