Professor Sriyani Wickramasinghe

Professor in Conservation Biology

sriwick@as.rjt.ac.lk | sriwick@gmail.com
+94252266384 | +94718508500


Education

  • Ph.D in Environmental Technology and Management
    Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2008)
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences
    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2000)
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Zoology
    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1993)

Professional Qualifications

  • Certificate course in Teaching in Higher Education

Memberships of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member of Field Ornithology Group, University of Colombo, 1998
  • Life member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member of Institute of Biology
  • Review Panel Member of Science Direct (Elsevier) – 2010 – to date
  • Member of the National Expert Committee (NEC) on Mangrove Conservation & Sustainable Use Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment from 2018 to date
  • Member of Expert Committee, on preparation of “Red Data list for the Mammals and Avifauna”, conducted by the Ministry of Environment – 2010, 2011 and 2017
  • Member of the  IUCN HORNBILL Specialist Group. 

Awards

  • Most Outstanding Reviewer of the Journal of Ecological Engineering, Science Direct (Elsevier) – 2016

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity
  • Population Ecology
  • Habitat characterization of birds
  • Waste Water Management

Teaching Subjects

  • ZOO 1301 – Vertebrate Diversity
  • BIO 2302 – Principles of Ecology
  • BIO 3203 – Environmental Pollution
  • BDC 3301 – Concepts of Biodiversity Conservation
  • BDC 4201 – Environmental Policies and Management
  • BDC 4208 – Current Topics in Biodiversity Conservation
  • BDC 4810 – Research Project

Administrative Responsibilities and Positions held

  • Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, (2017 – Oct. 2020)
  • Head, Department of Biological Sciences,(2015 – 2017)
  • Academic Coordinator, B.Sc. (External) Degree program, Department of Biological Sciences, (2012 – 2017)
  • Council Member, Senate Nominee,Faculty of Applied Sciences, (2015–2017)
  • Warden, Vihara Maha Devi Girls Hostel, (2012 – 2016)
  • Deputy Proctor, Faculty of Applied Sciences, (2009 – 2015)
  • Consultant for the Environmental Sensitive Area project conducted by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and UNDP in 2019
  • Chairman of Local Organizing Committee, “World Biodiversity Congress 2014” association with Global Scientific Research Foundation India – 2013

Current Researches and Projects

  • Biodiversity survey in Mahakanadarawa tank ecosystem
  • Habitat characterization of white rumped Shama in Mihintale sanctuary
  • Effect of climate change and avifaunal distribution in Mihintale sanctuary
  • Biodiversity survey in Kokkabe Forest Reserve
  • Population Ecology, Distribution pattern and breeding behaviour of the Sri Lankan
  • Grey Hornbill in selected forest patches in NCP
  • Rapid Biodiversity survey in Galnewa Division

Publications

REFEREED JOURNALS (FULL PAPER PUBLISHED)

  • Wickramasinghe, S., Nandapala, K. M. A. and Muthuthanthirige, D. L., Breeding and Territorial Behaviour of Indian Black Robin (Copsychus fulicataleucoptera) in Mihintale, Sri Lanka,Research in Ecology,2019, Vol. 1, No. 2, 17-23
  • Iresha Wijerathne and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Nest cavity characteristics and nesting success of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous gingalensis) in Mihintale Sanctuary, Sri Lanka. International journal of environment and Biodiversity, 2019, Vol. 10, No. 2,93 – 98Impact factor 0.14
  • Wickramasinghe, S., Paduwawala, P. P. and  Wijerathne,I. L., Distribution and habitat ecology of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous Gingalensis) in the Anuradhapura district, North Central Province, Sri Lanka, Wildlanka, 2018,  Vol. 6, No. 1, 001-007
  • Chaya Sarathchandra,  Niranjan Bhakta Ranjitkar, Sriyani Wickramasinghe, K. H. W. L. De Silva, Sailesh Ranjitkar, Zhai Deli, Gbadamassi G. O. Dossa, Huafang Chen, Jianchu Xu and Rhett D. Harrison, Effectiveness of land sparing strategies in preventing land conversion and deforestation: a case study in Xishuangbanna, Southern China. Land Degradation & Development, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2970, Impact factor 7.27, 04 Citations
  • Chaya Sarathchandra, Stephan Kambach, Sameera Chathuranga, Ariyarathna, Jianchu Xu, Rhett D. Harrison and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Significance of mangrove biodiversity        conservation in fishery production and living conditions of coastal communities in Sri Lanka. Diversity, 2018, 10, 1-12, Impact Factor 1.214
  • Iresha Wijerathne and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Breeding behaviour of the endemic Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous Gingalensis) within the breeding and non breeding season, International Journal of  Biodiversity, 2018,  Vol. 2018,  1-7, https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9509785
  • Sriyani Wickramasinghe and Dharshini Diwakara, Diversity: Abundance and conservation of  communal roosting water birds in Kotuattawala nature reserve in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Environment and Biodiversity, 2017, Vol. 8, No. 2,  98-103,  http://www.nebio.info/2017/04/nebio-june-2017-vol-82.html
  • Heethaka Krishantha Sameera De Zoysa, Dilum Prabath Samarasinghe, Duminda S. B.   Dissanayake, Supun Mindika Wellappuliarachi and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Range extension  of Oziothelphusa mineriyaensis Bott, 1970, (Decapoda, Gecarcinucidae) in North Central Province,  Sri Lanka, 2017, Check List 13 (5): 443–446, https://doi.org/10.15560/13.5.443, Scopus Cite  Score 2016: 0.57, citation 01
  • H. M. S. M. Nadeeshani and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Population distribution and habitat           selection of Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes Edwardsii) within Mihintale sanctuary and its adjacent area in Sri Lanka, Wildlanka, 2017, Vol. 5, No. 3, 133-141
  • Bopearachchi, D. and Wickramasinghe, S., Diversity of avifauna in three different fragments adjacent to Mihinthale sanctuary, Wildlanka, 2017,Vol. 5, No. 3, 84-89
  • Dilhari, W. M. M. and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Fragmentation effects on territory quality of  Copsychus malabaricus in western part of  the Mihintale sanctuary Sri Lanka, Wildlanka, 2016, Vol. 3, No. 3, 84-89
  • Duminda S. B. Dissanayake, Lasanthika D. Thewarage and S. Wickramasinghe,  An annotated  checklist of centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda) of Sri Lanka, International journal of environment and Biodiversity, 2016, Vol. 7, No. 3, 71 – 77
  • D. G. R. M. M. Kaushalya Rathnayake, Sandunika Ileperuma Arachchi, Buwaneka S. Pathirana     and S. Wickramasinghe, The Significance of habitat characteristics to the spatial distribution of  local avian assemblage at Gannoruwa mountain forest reserve, Kandy, Sri Lanka, International Journal of Biodiversity, 2016, Vol. 2016, 10- 6, doi:10.1155/2016/8148910
  • Wimalasekara, I. W. C. S, Buddhie S. Lankage and S. Wickramasinghe, Freshwater biodiversity  in the littoral zone of a Sri Lankan tank ecosystem with its water quality parameters,  International Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 6, 881-892
  • H. K. S De Zoysa, Anh D. Nguyen and S. Wickramasinghe, Annotated checklist of millipedes  (Myriapoda: Diplopoda) of Sri Lanka, Zootaxa, 2016, Vol. 4061, No. 5, 451- 482, Impact Factor 0.931, citation 8
  • Nadeeshani, H. M. S. and Wickramasinghe,S.,Feeding ecology of the red walled lapwing in Mihintale area, Siyoth Special Issue Siyo-Sri, 2016, 140- 142
  • Wijeratne, I. L. and Wickramasinghe, S.,Sri Lanka’s Grey Hornbill: A cavity breeding  omnivore,Siyoth Special Issue Siyo-Sri, 2016, 132-135
  • W. G. C. W. Kumara, J. M. N. D. B. Jayasekara, S. Wickramasinghe, A. Ochirbat and T. Gunarathne, Developing Professional through e-Learning – An Use Case in Sri Lanka,International Journal of Modern Trends in Engineering and Research, 2015, Vol. 7, No. 2, 01-05, Impact Factor  5.278
  • Wellappulli-Arachchi, S. M.,  Edirisinghe, W. G. M., Dissanayake, D. S. B, Mapatuna, Y. and Wickramasinghe, S., A breeding colony of the brown bat (Myotis hasseltii) from Sri Lanka,  TAPROBANICA, 2014, Vol. 06, No. 01, 68–71
  • Wimalasekara, C. and Wickramasinghe, S., Species diversity and conservation of avifauna in three different habitat types within the Mihintale Sanctuary, Sri Lanka, Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 05, 5718–5725, Citation 1
  • Dissanayake, D. S. B., Wellappuli-arachchi, S. M., Jayakody J. A. H. U., Bandara S. K., Gamagae, S. J., Deerasinha, D. A.  L.C., Wickramasinghe, S., A checklist of avifaunal diversity of the  Sigiriya sanctuary and adjacent areas, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. BirdingAsia, 2014, 21: 86–93, Citation 1
  • Diwakara,D. M. D. R. and Wickramasinghe, S., Avifaunal Diversity in Kotuattawala Nature  Reserve, Sri Lanka, Siyoth, 2013, Vol II, No. 02 (2013), 29-33, Citation 1
  • Shermila, M. D. D. G. and Wickramsnighe, S., Composition of mix species foraging flocks of  birds in Riverstan of montane region, Sri Lanka, Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 2013,  Vol. 3, No. 01 (2013), 55-63, Citation 3
  • Wimalasekara, I. W. C. S. and S.Wickramasinghe, Avifaunal diversity in the Mihintale  sanctuary of Sri Lanka, Lyriocephalus, special issue, 2010, 7 (1-2), 123-129
  • Wickramasinghe, S., R. Cochard,  M. Borin, S. Kotagama, Alfredo, J. A. and O. Shipin, Multi- functional pollution mitigation in a rehabilitated mangrove conservation area, J. Eco.Engi., 2009,  35 (5), 898-907 Impact factor 3.43, Citation 42
  • Sriyani, W.M., Padmalal, U. K. G. K. and Kotagama, S. W., A study on mixed species birds flocks of sub montane  wet evergreen forest in the northern flank of the Knuckles region in Sri        Lanka,  Lyriocephalus, 2005, 6 (1-2), 277-284

PEER REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES/ SYMPOSIA

  • Wickramasinghe, S. Significance of Mangrove Biodiversity and its Management for Sustainable Rural Development, International conference on Recent Innovation on Biosustainability and Environmental Research, Annamalai University, India, 20th – 22nd February, 2019
  • Wickramasinghe, S., Nandapala, K. M. A. and Muthuthanthirige, D. L., Importance of breeding ecology and territorial behaviour of Indian Black Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata leucoptera) for its conservation, 22nd International Symposium on Forestry and Environment, Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka, 10th-11th November, 2017
  • Paduwawala, P. P., Wickramasinghe, S. and Senevirathne, S. S., Structure and diversity of vocalization of an endemic forest bird (Brown-Capped Babbler Pellorneum fuscocapillus) across the climatic gradient in Sri Lanka,  22nd  International Symposium on Forestry and Environment, Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka, 10th-11th November, 2017
  • Wijerathne, I. L., Paduwawala, P. P. and Wickramasinghe,S.,  Nest site characteristics and nesting success of Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocecerous Gingalensis) in Mihintale sanctuary, 3rd WILDLANKA International Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15th-16th August, 2017
  • Wickramasinghe,S., Wijerathne, I. L. and Paduwawala, P. P., Distribution and habitat ecology of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous Gingalensis) and Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthrococeros Coronatus) in north central province, Sri Lanka, International Hornbill Conference, Kuchin, Sarawak, Malaysia, 18th-19th May, 2017
  • Wijerathne, I. L. and Wickramasinghe,S., Food availability, food selection and feeding behaviour in breeding and non-breeding seasons of Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (SLGH) (Ocecerous Gingalensis) in Mihintale sanctuary, International Hornbill Conference, Kuchin, Sarawak, Malaysia, 18th-19th May, 2017
  • Wickramasinghe,S., Unanthanna, W. M. J. R. K. W.  and Dissanayake, S. B.,  Distribution of Trachypithecus vetulus philbricki in selected forest patches within Anuradhapura district, 5th Asian Primate Symposium, University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18th-20th October,  2016Citation 1
  • Wickramasinghe, S., Kotagama, S. W. and Shermila,W. D. M., Effects of attitudinal changers on composition of mixed species bird flocks in a mountain forest of Sri Lanka, 5th Ecosummit 2016 Conference, Montpellier, France, 29th August-01st September, 2016
  • H. M. S. M. Nadeeshani and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Population estimates and habitat preference of Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) in Mihintale sanctuary and adjacent area, Wildlife Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23rd-24th  August, 2016
  • Bopearachchi, D. and Wickramasinghe, S., Diversity of avifauna in three different fragments adjacent to mihinthale sanctuary, Wildlife Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23rd-24th August,  2016
  • Wijerathne, I. L. and Wickramasinghe, S., Long distance movements and seed dispersal of Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous Gingalensis) in Mihintale sanctuary, Wildlife Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23rd-24th August, 2016
  • S. Wickramasinghe, W. G. C. W. Kumara and J. M. N. D. B.Jayasekara, ICT education for  non-ICT professionals through e-learning, 8th International Conference on Ubi-Media Computing (UMEDIA), 2015, 212-217
  • Dilhari, W. M. M. and Sriyani Wickramasinghe,  Foraging efficiencies of egrets at selected habitats of dry zone Sri Lanka, 1st International Conference on Biodiversity, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 05th-06th November, 2015
  • H. M. S. M. Nadeeshani and Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Territorial and other behaviours of Red wattles lapwing (Vanellus Indicus) in adjacent to the Mihinthale sanctuary Sri Lanka, 1st InternationalConference on Biodiversity, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 05th-06th November, 2015
  • Illeperuma Arachchi, I. S. and Wickramasinghe, S.,  Resource partitioning and niche overlap in three sympatric species of dragonflies in Anuradhapura district. 20th International Symposium on Forestry and Environment, Waikkal, Negambo, Sri Lanka, 16th-17th October, 2015
  • Perera, M. and Wickramasinghe, S., Activity budget and drey building of free ranging Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa Macroura Dandolena), 20th International Symposium on Forestry and Environment,  Waikkal, Negambo, Sri Lanka, 16th-17th October, 2015
  • Bopearachchi, D. and Wickramasinghe, S.,  Avifaunal diversity in three selected habitats at the eastern boarder of Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, 20th International Symposium on Forestry and Environment, Waikkal, Negambo, Sri Lanka, 16th-17th October, 2015
  • Wijerathne, I. L., K. Kirambakanda, Wickramasinghe, S., Breeding behaviour of the endemic Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocycerous Gingalensis) in the Mihintale sanctuary, Sri Lanka. National Hornbill Conference, Miri, Sarawak Malaysia, 11th-13th August, 2015

SCHOLARLY WORK– BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Dissanayake D. S. B. and Wickramasingha, S., Record of centipedes fauna in Sri Lanka in: The National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka; Conservation Status of the Fauna and Flora. Weerakoon, D. K. and S. Wijesundara Eds., Ministry of Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012, 445-449
  • Ranamukaarachchi, S. L. and Wickramasinghe, S., Biology, Ecology, and Management of Rice Black Bugs in Some Asian Countries in Joshi, R. C., Barrion, A. T. and Sebastian, L. S., Rice Black Bug; Taxonomy, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Species, Philippine  Rice Research Institute, 2007, 695-706
  • Ranamukaarachchi, S. L. and Wickramasinghe, S., Golden Apple Snails in the world: Introduction, Impact and Control measures in Joshi, R. C. and Sebastian, L. S., Global Advance in Ecology and Management of Golden Apple Snail, Philippine  Rice Research Institute, 2006, 133-15, Citation 15