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
Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Columbo,
Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Sabaragamuwa University
of Sri Lanka, 2001-2006
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.
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.
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