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Enoka Kudavidanage


B.S. Special Degree in Zoology (Major in Environmental Sciences), University of Colombo, 2000
M.S. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, (2003-2006) Pending

Free lance Journalist (Science), Associated News Papers Ceylon Ltd., 1997-1999
Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Columbo, 2000-2001
Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2001-2006


Research Interests

I have a broad interest in the fields of ecology and conservation biology, ranging from behavioural ecology of birds and mammals, human elephant conflict management to ecosystem functioning. I graduated from the University of Colombo and later taught at the Department of Natural Resources, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, simultaneously working with a few conservation organizations. This exposed me to many of the threats that the biodiversity of Sri Lanka is facing and provided the inspiration to carry out my Ph.D. research in my home country.

Current Research

Anthropogenic activities such as logging, agriculture and urbanization are degrading and destroying tropical rainforests, which contain more than half the world’s species, at a rate that lacks historical precedence. Sri Lanka is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots and has the highest biodiversity per unit area among Asian countries for flowering plants and several vertebrate groups. In the past few decades, trends in economic development and increasing population density have threatened this biological wealth. Rapid deforestation has decreased the 70% forest cover of 1900 to 24%in 1992. The forests are fragmented and under severe threat. There is a constant conflict between conservation and development and as a result, the biodiversity resources continue to degrade. Conservation of Sri Lanka's biodiversity therefore is of global relevance.

My research will deal with the effects of biodiversity loss on ecosystem functioning, an area of growing concern where there is still a considerable dearth of knowledge. This research will provide evidence for a relationship between fragmentation, habitat quality change and resulting loss of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning. I will focus on determining the role of selected groups of fauna in sustaining ecosystem functions and how their populations alter with changing habitat quality.



Selected Publications

Satischandra, S.H.K., E.P. Kudavidange , S.W. Kotagama and E. Goodale. 2007. The benefits of joining mixed-species flocks for a sentinel nuclear species, the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus. Forktail Vol. 23 In press.

Sodhi, N.S., D. Astuti, A.C. Diesmos, P. Ericson, N. Fernandopulle, S. Kotagama, E. Kudavidanage, H.C. Lim, B. Lee, S.L.H. Lim, Y. Lin, D.J. Lohman, W. Meckvichai, H. Miranda, R.G. Moyle, P. Ong, K.A. Pan, D. Prawiradilaga, M. A. Rahman, A. Rahmani, F.H. Sheldon, M.Y. Stoeckle, S. Sulandari, L.K. Wang and K. Winker. 2007. Barcoding Indo-Malayan birds. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Vol. 55(2):397-398






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