Dr. Sampath S. Seneviratne


Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences
University of Colombo
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka

Office: Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences – Room: Library Block
Work Phone: +94 11-258 3148
Work Fax: +94 11-258 3148
Email: sam@sci.cmb.ac.lk
Research Group: Avian Evolution Node (AviEN)

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD 2008

    PhD in Evolutionary Ecology

    Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada

  • BSc 2002

    BSc in Immunology and Parasitology

    University of Colombo


    Post Doctoral Fellow

    National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

  • UBC

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Biodiversity Research Centre – University of British Columbia (UBC)


  • Animal Form and Function
  • Evolution and Biogeography
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ornithology

Research Interests

  • My research interests are rooted in the studies of island biogeography, causes of endemicity and the evolution of novel traits. My approach uses both field- and laboratory-based research grounded in a strong conceptual framework to address processes underlying trait divergence and species (trait) boundaries. Sri Lanka in particular offers a great assortment of species assemblages to study critical questions related to speciation in island biogeographic framework.