Academic and administrative position

  • Present May 1997

    Professor of Environment Science

    Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Colombo 3.

  • April 1997January 1990

    Senior Lecturer - Grade I

    Zoology Division, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • December 1989February 1989

    Senior Lecturer - Grade II

    Zoological Division, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • February 1997March 1985

    Lecturer

    Division of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • April 1984June 1982

    Lecturer

    Division of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • August 1984August 1974

    Assistant Lecturer

    Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • July 1974February 1974

    Temporary Research Assistant

    National Science Council (Presently National Science Foundation) on Grant 2/RG/72/37

  • July 1974February 1974

    Temporary Research Assistant

    National Science Council (Presently National Science Foundation) on Grant 2/RG/72/37

  • 20211987

    Course contribution - Master’s degree in Protected Landscape Management: Integrating Conservation and Development Programmes

    Masters Degree. International Center for Protected Landscape, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, Wales

  • 20022000

    Adjunct Professor

    Brandies University, Bostan

  • 20212004

    Visiting Lecturer

    Konan University, Japan

  • Present2004

    Post Graduate Examiner

    Bharathi University, Coimbator, India

  • Present2002

    Staff Performance Evaluator

    Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbator, India

  • 28/02/958/11/94

    Head

    Department of Zoology, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • 19971996

    Head

    Department of Zoology, Open University of Sri Lanka

  • 8/4/9423/9/93

    Acting Head

    Department of Zoology, Open University of Sri Lanka

Positions held in professional bodies

  • June 1992October 1989

    Director

    Department of Wildlife Conservation

  • 20212007

    Member Project Evaluation: Team

    USAID: Community Participatory Conservation Initiatives - Nishogara, Bangladesh

  • 20142013

    Advisor to Hon Minister for Wildlife Resource Conservation

  • Present2007

    Member, National Museum Advisory Committee

    Department of National Museums

  • 19921989

    Member, Environmental Council

    Central Environmental Authority

  • 20081994

    Member, Environmental Council

    Central Environmental Authority

  • 20082007

    Member, Fauna and Flora Advisory Committee

    Department of Wildlife Conservation

  • 20031997

    Member of Board

    Central Environmental Authority

  • 20052003

    Member, Board of Management

    Sri Lanka Foundation

  • 20211992

    Chairman, Environment Council

    Central Environmental Authority

  • 20212021

    Member

    National Academy of Science, Sri Lanka

  • 20212012

    President

    President, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka

  • 20212021

    Member

    President, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka

  • 20212021

    Member

    Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka

  • 20212021

    Member

    Country representative, Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas/World Conservation Union (IUCN).

  • 20212021

    Technical Advisor

    Important Bird Areas Programme Asia, BirdLife Asia Council

  • 20001994

    Member

    IGBP National Committee, Ministry of Environment

  • 19991997

    Member

    National Steering Committee, GEF Small Grants Scheme, UNDP

  • 20042002

    Chairman

    Environmental Research Identification Committee – Biodiversity, CEA

  • 20212000

    Member

    Presidential Task force on Development of Wildlife Conservation

  • 20212000

    Member

    Ministerial Task Force on Development of Wildlife Sector

  • 20211999

    Co-Chairman

    Development and Conservation of Bird Paradises Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments,

  • 20001998

    Environmental Advisor

    Udawalwe Special area Development Project, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

  • 19991998

    Member

    Technical Advisory Group, ADB Biodiversity Conservation Project, Government of Sri Lanka

  • 20001994

    Member

    Standing Committee on Science, University Grants Commission.

  • Oct 1994Dec 1993

    Member

    Standing Committee on Biological Sciences, University Grants Commission.

  • 19951993

    Member

    Steering Committee for the Compilation of the Directory of Environmental Education Activities and Resources, National Institute of Education,

  • 19931991

    Board Member

    Wayamba Provincial Environmental Authority

  • 19941990

    Member

    Education Sectoral Committee for the Implementation of the NCS Central Environmental Authority

  • 19941990

    Member

    Land Resources (Biotic) Sectoral Committee for the Implementation of the NCS Central Environmental Authority.

  • 19921990

    Member

    Land Use Policy Planning Committee /Land Use Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Lands, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development

  • June 1992April 1990

    Chairman

    Wannialoatto Trust –( Indigenous Peoples Trust) / Department of Wildlife Conservation

  • June 1992September 1991

    Chairman

    Wildlife Trust

  • 1994February 1990

    Member

    Committee on Secondary Level Environment Education, Central Environmental Authority

  • 19931985

    Member

    Advisory Council, Zoological Survey of Sri Lanka, Natural Resources, Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka (presently National Science Foundation)

  • 19911988

    Member

    Technical Committee for Genetic Resources Conservation Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority of Sri Lanka

  • 19891987

    Member

    National Sea Turtle Survey Committee , National Aquatic Resources Agency

  • 20211989

    Member

    Committee on Environment, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 19891988

    Member

    Coordination Committee on Research at Sinharaja, Department of Forest Conservation

  • 19911989

    Wildlife Specialist

    Committee for the Protection and Management of the Muthurajawela Marshes, Greater Colombo Economic Commission

  • 19911989

    Member

    Working Group - Preparation of Environmental Profile of Muthurajawela and Negombo Lagoon, Greater Colombo Economic Commission

  • 19871982

    Member

    Technical Committee on Environment, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

  • 19871986

    Member

    Steering Committee for the Conference on Environmental Education - Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka

  • 20211985

    Secretary, Section “D”

    Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 20211987

    President, Section “D”

    Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 19861985

    Wildlife Ecologist

    On the Department of Forest Conservation/ International Union for Conservation of Nature/World Wildlife Fund, Team for the “Consolidation of Sinharaja International Man and Biosphere Reserve” - Preparation of Management Plan

  • 19841983

    Specialist Advisor

    Environment, Mahaweli Development Area - Video Film Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka

  • 20211986

    Member, Technical

    Sub-committee to organize the workshop on “The Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Humid Forests of the Indo-malayan Realm” National MAB Committee, NARESA

  • 20122007

    President

    Eco-tourism Society of Sri Lanka

  • 20072000

    Member Scientific Advisory Board

    The Eco-lodge Project - Deniyaya

  • 20051998

    Founder Member/Vice President

    Eco-tourism Society of Sri Lanka

  • Present2000

    Lecturer in Eco-tourism

    University of Colombo: EN3007. (since 2000). For Masters Programme in Forestry & Environment - Sri Jayewardenepura University. Diploma in Tourism Economics & Management - University of Colombo

  • Present2000

    Technical Advisor

    Bird Friendly Tourism, BirdLife Asia Council

  • 19851982

    Honorary Secretary

    National Amateur Aquatic Sports Union of Sri Lanka

  • 19901989

    Honorary Secretary

    National Amateur Aquatic Sports Union of Sri Lanka

  • 19901987

    Coordinating Secretary

    Sri Lanka Environment Congress

  • 19881986

    Member, Board of Trustees

    Mihikatha Trust Fund (Sri Lanka Environment Congress)

  • 19971989

    Member, Advisory Committee

    “Vidusara” Weekly Science Journal, Upali Newspapers Limited, Sri Lanka.

  • 19871980

    Coordinator, March for Conservation

    University of Colombo

  • 19921988

    Scientific Advisor, March for Conservation

    University of Colombo

  • 19911998

    President

    Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo

  • Present1996

    President

    Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo

  • 19801977

    Vice Patron

    Young Zoologists’ Association, National Zoological Gardens

  • 19971994

    Vice Patron

    Young Zoologists’ Association, National Zoological Gardens

  • 19771975

    Secretary

    Sri Lanka Natural History Society

  • 20211983

    Vice President

    Sri Lanka Natural History Society

  • 19801977

    Secretary

    Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka

  • 20211983

    Joint Secretary

    Institute of Biology

  • 19831980

    General Secretary March for Conservation

    University of Colombo

  • 20211984

    Joint Coordinator, March for Conservation

    University of Colombo

  • 19841983

    Member

    Sports Advisory Council, University of Colombo

  • Present2014

    Global Council Member

    BirdLife International, Cambridge

  • Present2014

    President BirdLife Council,

    Bird Life Asia Council, Bird Life International, Cambridge

  • 20142000

    Vice President

    Bird Life Asia Council, Bird Life International, Cambridge

  • 19881987

    National Coordination

    Asian Wetland Survey - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)/World Conservation Union (IUCN)

  • Present1987

    National Representative

    Oriental Bird Club - United Kingdom

  • 19981994

    National Co-coordinator

    ASIAN RED DATA PROGRAMME. Birdlife International/ Birdlife Asia Council

  • 20211994

    Expert

    Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Inter Parliamentary Panel on Climate Change

  • Present1997

    Technical Advisor

    Important Bird Area Programme Birdlife Asia Council

  • 20001996

    Secretary General

    Pan Asian Ornithological Congress

Consultations

  • 20212009

    Team Leader/ Lead Author, Sri Lanka Environmental Outlook

    Ministry of Environment

  • 20062002

    Deputy Team Leader/Protected Area Management Specialist

    Protected Area Management & Wildlife Conservation Project (ADB)

  • September 1995October 1994

    Biodiversity Consultant

    Ministry of Transport, Environment & Women’s Affairs

  • October 1994September 1992

    Wetland Consultant

    Wetland Conservation Project/ Euro consult.

  • 19911990

    Consultant

    Indira Gandhi Open University of India

Special projects

  • 07 March 198701 March 1987

    Participant, Rapid Assessment Techniques for Coastal Wetland Evaluation, Interwader, IWRB - Malaysia

  • 20081992

    Trainer, Environmental Impact Assessment Training workshops. 1-15

  • 20052000

    Trainer

    Wildlife research methodology. Department of Wildlife Conservation Training Center, Giritala

  • 20092008

    Principle Trainer

    Field Study Centers Programme – established in the schools under the ADB funded, Secondary Education Modernization Programme (SEMP) 08 - Workshops at Sinharaja for 160 Teachers, from Provinces

  • Present2011

    Member

    National Biodiversity Experts Committee Ministry of Environment

  • Present2005

    Chairman

    Biodiversity & Environment Research Committee, National Science Foundation

  • 20062002

    Chairman

    National Biodiversity Experts Committee Ministry of Environment

  • 20102005

    Chairman

    Thematic Committee on Environment Protection & Sustainable Development, National Science Foundation

  • 20211997

    Author

    National Wetland Conservation Policy - Ministry of Environment

  • 20211994

    Sri Lanka Delegate at the Biodiversity Conventions, Conference of Parties 1

  • 20211995

    Sri Lanka Delegate at the Biodiversity Conventions, Conference of Parties 2

  • 20211994

    Author

    Strategy for the Preparation of A Biodiversity Action Plan for Sri Lanka, Ministry of Transport, Environment & Women’s Affairs.

  • 19971994

    Member

    National Biodiversity Experts Committee Ministry of Transport, Environment & Women’s Affairs,

  • 19971994

    Member

    National Biodiverity Co-ordinating Committee Ministry of Transport, Environment & Women’s Affairs.

  • 20211992

    Settler

    Wildlife Trust of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

  • 20211991

    Contribution to National Environmental Action Plan,

    Government of Sri Lanka, World Bank Programme

  • 20211990

    Author

    National Wildlife Policy of Sri Lanka – Department of Wildlife Conservation, Government of Sri Lanka

  • 20211988

    Sector Author, Environmental Education

    National Conservation Strategy - Government of Sri Lanka

  • 20211989

    “Kurullan Narambamu” (Lets Watch Birds) - accepted as a Library Book for Schools.

  • 19811980

    Team Member

    Wildlife Sector Study on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Accelerated Mahaweli Project TAMS Report - Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka