UDH Kanchana

About Me

  • Phone:
    +94710219371
  • Email:
    udhkanchana@kdu.ac.lk
  • Experience:
    17 years years



Key Qualifications

ACADEMIC

Served as an academic staff member in the university system for 40 years from 1978 and retired from the university service on 5th January 2018 with the award of emeritus professor status from University of Sri Jayewardenepura. During the academic carrier I achieved the senior professor grade and became the Chair of the Department of Zoology. At present serving as a Senior Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University since 03.05.2021 to date. I was invited to deliver the convocation speech in 2018 convocation for the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.


I involved in teaching Inland water resources as a Limnologist, conducted lectures on biological aspects, Environmental Impact Assessment, Geographic Information systems (GIS) and Research methodology etc. Published 8 text books. Formulated guidelines for the students to prepare dissertations and presented research proposal writing techniques to upgrade the writing skills of the both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I developed a new degree program titled B Sc in Aquatic Resources Management which is a very popular degree program among the students with high level of job opportunities. I involved in curriculum development activities in USJ as well as in other universities.


ADMINISTRATION

University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ)
I served as a Head of the department, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate studies for more than 6 years and as an acting vice chancellor for eight times in the university of Sri Jayewardenepura. I gained administrative experience of all levels during this period. During this time, I served as the conference chair (two times) and as the chief editor of the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies published by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, USJ.


Sir John Kotelawala Defense University
During my sabbatical leave, in 2015, I served Sir John Kotelawala Defense University as a senior professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in an advisory capacity. I introduced the concept of study boards to improve the quality of postgraduate research programs, developed Bylaws for postgraduate students, and prepared guidelines for dissertations and thesis of Ph. D, M Phil and MSc students. Also I introduced KDU Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (KJMS) by developing the journal web site and formulating the editorial board and review panels. KJMS has received SLJOL status from 07.02.2022. Initiated management information system(MIS) for FGS with the IT unit of KDU. Introduced the research ethics workshop for postgraduate students to facilitate their research. At present serve as the Head of KDU Consultancy Unit (KDU CONSU) and now it is registered in CEA since 17.06.2022. Also at present contributing to KDU as the Chair Person of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of FGS (IQAC-FGS).


British College of Applied Studies (BCAS)
From 2nd March 2020, I served as the Dean, Academic Affairs to the British College of Applied Studies (BCAS) for one year until 6th March 2021. During this period, I involved in all academic and administrative activities of BCAS for 38 study programs in the 8 schools. I Conducted an international symposium on Multidisciplinary Research 2020 (ICMR2020) as the conference chair – (URL for the symposium web: https://conference.bcas.ac/). It was the first virtual conference conducted at BCAS and it was the first among all the private sector universities in Sri Lanka.


Research

Research and capacity building activities of Swarna Piyasiri is related to water and land management, with the goal of protecting and improving the natural environment. Effect of catchment characteristics on water quality of major hydropower reservoirs of Sri Lanka & natural resources management also were concentrated as her research interests.

Research activities are based on multidisciplinary approach contributing more towards protecting the ecosystem health and environment. Research is focused towards inland water resources; surface & Ground water resources, develop water quality index as a preventive measure for protecting water resources and developing an Index for water resources to correlate the relationships to Chronic Kidney disease in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. Her knowledge in GIS is used as a tool in such multidisciplinary research activities.

She contributed as a team leader to many consultancy projects and involved in consultancies such as Limnology project at Mahaweli reservoirs (15 years as a Team Leader to Mahaweli development authority), recently as a chief investigator to mangrove project and published an international book on Greening with mangroves by IUCN. Worked as a chief investigator to a water sector project under UNDP (8 months +) in Walapane water quality project.

She is familiar with statistical packages, GIS (Arc GIS 10+) and many software packages which facilitate her research work. Served as a chief resource person in 5 GIS training workshops.


Education

  • 1985 Ph. D (Univ. of Vienna), Specialized in Limnology (Ecology of inland water bodies). Graduated in Feb. 1985.
  • 1978: B Sc (Special) second class Hons degree in Zoology. Univ. of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, graduated in 1978. Zoology (Specialized subject) Chemistry (Subsidiary).


Language Skills

  • English - Excellent
  • Sinhala - Excellent


Membership of Societies

  • Member of Society of International limnology (SIL)
  • Fellow, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka (Life member)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka (Life member)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Association for Aquatic Resources (Life member)


Academic Profile

  • 2021 to date Senior Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana.
  • 2018 to date Emeritus Professor of Univ of Sri Jayewardenepura – From 05th April 2018 to date.
  • 2012-2018 Senior Professor & Cadre Chair of the Department of Zoology- from 25.10.2012 to 5 th January 2018
  • 2008-2018 Senior Professor on merit- From 3rd April 2008- 4 th January 2018.
  • 2016-2017 Senior professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University from 15.09.2015 to 14.09.2016 (on Sabbatical Leave)
    Senior Professor on contract basis at Sir John Kotelawala Defence University from 1.12.2016 to 31.12.2017.
  • 2000-2018 Professor on merit – Department of Zoology: from 3rd April 2000 to 2nd April 2008
  • 2007 Professor - Zoology: (The Open University of Sri Lanka) for 21 months from 1st July 2007 to 30th May 2009 on contract basis (during sabbatical leave period from July 2007).
  • 1991-2000 Senior Lecturer (Grade 1) in Zoology from 1st Jan 1991 to 3rd April 2000. Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda.
  • 1986-1991 Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in Zoology from 1st October 1986 to 31st Dec. 1991. Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda.
  • 1985-1986 Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in Zoology from 1st March 1985 to 30th Sept. 1986 at Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Ruhuna, Matara.
  • 1978-1985 Lecturer (Asst Lecturer) in Zoology from 15th September 1978 to 31st Feb 1985 at Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Ruhuna, Matara (Obtained Ph D in Vienna during this period).
  • 1977-1978 Research Assistant (Temporary) from Sept. 1977 to Sept. 1978 at Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.


ADMINISTRATIVE PROFILE AS ACTING VC FROM 2010-2014

  • 2014 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 25th Aug 2014 to 30th Aug 2014
  • 2013 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 14th Oct 2013 to 20th Oct 2013
  • 2012 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 29th March 2012 to 8th April 2012
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 9th July 2011 to 19th July 2011
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 4th April 2011 to 11th April 2011
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 20th Nov. 2010 to 25th Nov. 2010
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 23rd April 2010 to 27th April 2010
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor (Acting) – from 3rd Feb2010 to 07th Feb 2010


ADMINISTRATIVE PROFILE AS THE DEAN, FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES, USJ

  • 2009 Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies from 17th August 2009 to 16th Aug 2012 a full three-year term
  • 2012-2013 Acting Dean from 17th Aug 2012 to 9th May 2013
  • 2013-2016 Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the second term from 9th May 2013 for 3 years


HEAD, DEPT.OF ZOOLOGY

  • 2004-2007 Head, Dept. of Zoology: For three years from 26th May 2004 to 25th May 2007


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC AND AS AN ADMINISTARTOR

1978 to 2022 Forty-four Years as a University academic and as a researcher in water sector field. Served as a senior professor, Chair, Head of the Department, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and as an acting Vice Chancellor for 8 times in University of Sri Jayewardenepura University. Contributed her experience to Open University of Sri Lanka, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and British College of Academic Studies (BCAS).


RESEARCH SUPERVISION

I have received more than 10 research grants, both national & international. I supervised, PhD degrees, M Phil degrees M Sc dissertations and undergraduate B.Sc special degree research projects as follows: All these projects are water related and also multidisciplinary in nature.

Ph. D Degrees – Titles

  • 2017 Assessment of Post Conflict Development in Kilinochchi district using Strategic Environment Assessment as a Tool: Implications for Planning.
  • 2017 Development of a Water Quality Index to ascertain the vulnerability to Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain etiology among the Groundwater users in North Central Province of Sri Lanka
  • 2017 Effect of hydro geochemistry of groundwater on chronic kidney disease with unknown etiology (CKDu) in Girandurukotte and Nagadeepa of Sri Lanka
  • 2004 Distribution of Phytoplankton and its potential as indicator of environmental change in the Batticaloa lagoon
  • 2002 Limnology of Kotmale reservoir & fish plankton interactions.

M Phil Degrees- Titles

  • 2007 The effect of catchment characteristics and the land use practices on water quality of Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala, & Rantambe reservoirs using GIS
  • 2006 A model on forecasting physical, chemical and biological water quality parameters of Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs for monitoring against eutrophication, pollution and other purposes
  • 1998 Fish plankton interactions and controlling algal blooms in Kotmale reservoir.

M Sc Degrees – Titles

  • 2012 Potential use of Water Quality Index (WQI) for Analyze Risk Distribution on Ground Water in Nawakkaduwa GN Division at Puttalam
  • 2004 Phytoplankton as a bio indicator in management of eutrophication problem in Kandy Lake
  • 2002 Zooplankton as bio indicators of eutrophication and possible eutrophication controlling measures for Kandy Lake
  • 2001 Trophic status of the Kandy Lake and an assessment of the effect of land use practices on eutrophication and blooming using GIS as a tool
  • 2000 Preliminary survey of biological indicators in Kandy lake Sri Lanka.

B SC (Special) Degree Research Projects- Titles

  • 2017 Impact of water quality on abundance of zooplankton in Bolgoda river.
    Supervisor- Prof Swarna Piyasiri and Candidate: S G C Karunaratne
  • 2008 Zooplankton as bio indicators of water pollution in the Nuwarawewa, Anuradhapura.
    Supervisors Prof S Piyasiri & Dr Shirani Nethaniel, Candidate: C J Jayathilake, Fac. Of Applied Sciences, Rajarata university of Sri Lanka
  • 2005 Plankton as bio indicators of water quality in Bolgoda lake
    Supervisor: Prof S Piyasiri Candidate: M D S I Janaki, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • 2005 Investigations of heavy metals in edible fish spcies in the section of Bellanwila Attidiya Canal.
    Supervisors: Prof S Piyasiri & Nilanthi Bandara Candidate:W A U Witharana, Dept. of Forestry & Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • 2003 Composition of fish and their food habits in the downstream of Kelani river Supervisor: Prof S Piyasiri. Candidate:S Y B M Upeksha, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • 2002 Feasibility of using freshwater fish species to mnitor the water quality of inlnd and brakish wetlands: An analysis of the Bolgoda river system. Supervisor: Prof S Piyasiri. Candidate:D M D C Bopitiya, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura


EVALUATION OF THESIS

Evaluated Ph D and MPhil degree Thesis as an examiner

PhD thesis (National & International)

  • 2003 Taxonomic studies on the snakes of Pakistan. Candidate: Muhamad Akram Dept. of Zoology and fisheries, Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 2000 Biology and water quality of three lagoons in southern Sri Lanka with special reference to anthropogenic impacts. Candidate: D G T Priyadharshana
  • 1995 Limnobiotic study on the Bhutan reservoir in Bijapur area. Candidate: H S Patil Dept. of postgraduate studies in Zoology, Karnatak University, India

M Phil thesis

  • 2004 An investigation of habitat species relationships in selected aquatic environments of Bundala National park – A Ramsar Wetland” . Candidate- Mr. E P S Chandana, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Colombo


RESEARCH GRANTS RECIEVED


INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

  1. 1. ITS grant for internet facility from International Foundation for Science Sweden as a facility for my current Research activities from March 1996 to 1998 for two years. (work completed)
  2. 2. Research Grant from International Foundation for Science, Sweden, No. A/1310-2G from 16th June 1992 15th June 1995 for continuation of the above project. (work completed)
  3. 3. Research Grant from International Foundation for Science, Sweden No. G/1310-1 from 2nd Mar 1988 to 16th June 1992, for the project titled “Ecology of Zooplankton in Victoria reservoir, Sri Lanka” (work completed)


LOCAL GRANTS


  1. 1. 2012 Research grant to conduct research on development of water quality Index for ground water resources in Northern Province as a preventive measure for Chronic Kidney Disease with uncertain etiology (CKDu).
  2. 2. 2012 Research grant to conduct research on Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment for the post Conflict Development in Kachcheri Division of Kilinochchi District.
  3. 3. Research Grant from University grants commission through Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura- in 2006 (work completed).
  4. 4. Research Grant from Mahaweli Authority, Sri Lanka for a project titled “Limnology project at Mahaweli ; A study of physical, chemical & biological properties of Victoria, Kotmale, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs & tributaries in the catchment of Kotmale and Victoria reservoirs in Sri Lanka” (From 1987 to 2004 and work completed).
  5. 5. Research Grant from CEA to supervise two MSc projects of two CEA officers2001/2002. (Work completed)
  6. 6. Research grant from Central Environmental Authority to supervise an M Sc project titled: "Preliminary survey of biological indicators in Kandy lake Sri Lanka". – 1999/2000-(completed)
  7. 7. Research Grant from University grants commission through Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura- ASP/06/R/2001/05 – (completed)
  8. 8. Research grant from National Science Foundation for a project titled: Reservoir modeling and application of GIS on Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs (1) for forecasting physical, Chemical and Biological Water quality Parameters for monitoring against eutrophication, pollution etc and (ii) for evaluation of the effects of land use patterns on water quality aspects.- Research Agreement –No. EG/2001/E/01(completed)
  9. Research Grant from Mahaweli Authority, Sri Lanka for a project titled: "Project to construct a model on forecasting physical, Chemical and Biological Water Quality Parameters of Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs for monitoring against eutrophication, pollution & other purposes based on the data of Limnology project at Mahaweli reservoirs.- Agreement No: 2000/2.(Completed)
  10. 10. Research Grant from Natural Resources, Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka NoRG/93/B/1 from 1993 to 1996 for the project titled “Fish plankton Interactions and controlling algal bloom problem in Kotmale reservoir, Sri Lanka. (M Phil degree - completed)
  11. 11. Research Grant from Natural Resources, Energy & Science Authority of Sri Lanka No. RG/88/B/1 from 18th Dec. 1988 to 1991 for the project titled “Limnology project at Mahaweli; A study of zooplankton, physical and Chemical parameters of Victoria reservoir”(completed).


PRESENTATIONS BASED ON RESEARCH FINDINGS MADE IN SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

PRESENTATIONS MADE IN INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS
  • (1) Society of International limnology (SIL) XXVIII Congress Feb. 4th – 10th 2001, Monash University, Australia.
  • (2) Third Annual convention and technical session of the SLEAA 18th Nov. 2000 at Hotel Renuka
  • (3) Reservoir and Culture based Fisheries; Biology and Management. An International Workshop 15th – 18th February 2000, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • (4) First Annual South Asian Environment Assessment Conference 4-7 Dec. 1999 held in Central Godavari Resort, Taukhel, Lalitpur, Nepal.
  • (5) International Congress held by Society of International Limnology in 1998 held in Dublin, Ireland, from 9th to 14th August 1998, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • (6) International symposium on Cyanobacterial toxins in water 24 th April 1998
  • (7) International work shop on Acid Rain Monitoring and Atmospheric Modeling. 20 – 23 April 1998, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • (8) International symposium on isotope techniques in the study of past and current Environmental changes in the Hydrosphere & the atmosphere 14- 18 April 1997
  • (9) International conference on Tropical Limnology- 4 to 8th July 1994, held in Indonesia.
  • (10)International conference on Environment and biodiversity – 7 to 9th March 1994 held in Katmandu, Nepal.
  • (11)Third Asian conference on Technology for Rural Development- 12 – 14th Aug 1991 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • (12)International congress held by Society of International Limnology in 1989 held in Munich, West Germany.
  • (13)International Congress held by Society of International Limnology in 1983 held in Lyon, France.
  • (14)International work shop on food limitation in zooplankton held in Plon, West Germany in 1984


OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

EDITOR
  • 2012 Editor to Hazard Profiles of Sri Lanka (2012)- 231p- published by Disaster Management Centre, Ministry of Disaster Management & United Nations development Programme ISBN 978-955-674-135-3. Published on 26th Dec 2012 on the safety day.
2001-2022: Editor in Chief
  • 2021 Editor in Chief for the KDU Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (KJMS) of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Vol 3 Issue 1 and issue 2- published in 2021.
  • 2017 Editor in Chief for the KDU Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (KJMS) of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Vol 1 Issue 1- published in 2017.
  • 2014-2015 Editor in Chief to the International journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (IJMS) publish through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura.
    IJMS Volume 1 issues 1 & 2- 2014 were published.
    IJMS Volume 2 Issue 1- 2015 published
  • 2001 Editor in Chief - Proceedings of the third annual research sessions 2001 published by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura


AUTHORED THE CHAPTERS
  • 2009 Environmental Outlook- 2009
    Author to a chapter on inland waters of Sri Lanka for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry under the Ministry of Environment & natural Resources United Nations Environmental Programme- ISBN 978-955-0033-10-2
  • 2007 National Atlas 2007
    Author to the National Atlas (2007 - ISBN- 955-9059-04-1) of Sri Lanka for the chapter on “Morphometry of river basins of Sri Lanka”. The revised National Atlas of Sri Lanka, published by the Survey dept.
  • 2002 Asian Water, Asia's leading magazine on the water and wastewater industry
    Author to article on water issues of Sri Lanka in the 'country focus' section for the November 2002 issue. (Vol 18, No. 9 Malaysia: RM 28 Elsewhere pp 12360/2003, MITA (p) 053/09/2000)


BOOKS PUBLISHED

  • Swarna Piyasiri, Ananda Mallawatantri, Damith Chandrasekera and Sandamali Pathirage (2018): Greening with Mangroves. Colombo. International Union for Conservation of Nature, ISBN 978-955-0205-51-6
  • Gihan Karunaratne & Swarna Piyasiri (2018): Impact of water quality on the zooplankton abundance in the Bolgoda River, Sri Lanka. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3- 659-57761-1
  • Revised edition (2016) of Fresh water resources and their management for Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental studies: Level 7 NEP 2209 published by the Open University of Sri Lanka, First published in 2001, ISBN -955-23
  • Fresh water resources and their management for Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental studies: Level 7 NEP 2209 published by the Open University of Sri Lanka, First published in 2001, ISBN -955-23
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Impact Assessment for Bachelor of Sciences: Level 6 ZLU4191- publisher: The Open University of Sri Lanka ISBN -978-955-23-1326-4
  • Geographic information System (GIS) in Natural Resources Management: Level 6 ZLU4190 – publisher: The Open University of Sri Lanka. published by the Open University of Sri Lanka, ISBN -987-955-23-1327-1
  • Kriyakari Sathwaya (Vol 1) for Advance level students and undergraduate students- 955-96747-0-6 1999 2000 2001
  • Kriyakari Sathwaya (Vol 2) for Advance level students and undergraduate students 955-96747-1-4 1999 2000 2001 2003


AWARDS

  • 1. Received an award; The IBARAKI KASUMIGAURA PRIZE in honour of the outstanding contents of the paper titled: Improvement of water quality in a reservoir: case of Kotmale reservoir in Sri Lanka. (For the following paper presented during the 11th World lakes Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on 31st October to 4th November, 2005.) Abeysinghe, K.G.A.M.C.S.; Nandalal, K.D.W.& Piyasiri, S (2005): Improvement of water quality in a reservoir: case of kotmale reservoir in Sri Lanka.
  • 2. Award of Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (From 01.03.2000 to 31.05.2000): Univ. of Vienna,Austria
  • 3. Award of Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (from 01.10.1997 to 30.09.1998) to work on a research titled Biotic interactions in the pelagic zone of flood plain lakes.


CONFERENCE CHAIR 2010 TO 2021

  • 1. Served as the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Multidisciplinary researchICMR (on 9 th January 2021) at British College of Applied Studies (BCAS).
  • 2. Served as the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches- ICMA (from 11th to 12th September 2015) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Univ of Sri Jayewrdenepura
  • 3. Served as the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches - ICMA (from 13-14th Aug 2014) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Univ of Sri Jayewrdenepura
  • 4. Served as the Conference Chair for the academic conference organized by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to celebrate its 50th Anniversary conducted from 10-12th Dec 2010.


POSITIONS HELD IN COMMITEES

  • 2015 Chief coordinator to International Training Program on Aquatic & Terrestrial Wildlife and Primate Conservation (2nd to 15th August 2015) conducted only for the foreign students.
  • 2010-2013 Member of the Research and Higher degrees’ committee (RHDC), Institute of Indigenous medicine, University of Colombo
  • 2012 Chairman of the evaluation panel- CVCD Excellence award panel
  • 2012 Chairman of Technical session 3- GIS for development held on 8th Nov 2012 at the International Research Conference on Humanities & Social Sciences held on 8th & 9th November 2012
  • 2012 Chairman for the session 2 of the Symposium on Toxicological aspects of Pesticides and CKDu in NCP, Sri Lanka held on 18th October 2012
  • 2012 Member of the Academic Board of National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering (NIFNE) from August 2012.
  • 2012 Member of the committee appointed by the Hon, Minister of Higher Education. SB Dissanayake to prepare a detailed curriculum of MD (Ayu.) Course -2012-2015
  • 2011 Member of the evaluation panel- CVCD Excellence award panel for 2011
  • 2010 Chairman of the session 3 of the symposium on SIDA SAREC Research Cooperation Project Regional Imbalances and Poverty Alleviation- 21st to 23rd October 2010.
  • 2009 Chairman of the organizing committee to organize the International conference for the celebration of the 5oth Anniversary of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2009).
  • 2004-2007 Senate nominee of the Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura to coordinate affiliation of National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering (NIFNE) to University of Sri Jayewardenepura (from 2004 to 2007) and Member of the Academic Board of Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering NIFNE


2014-2017 PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • 2017 Participated in Commonwealth Science Conference SINGAPORE: 13-16 JUNE 2017 as an invited delegate.
  • 2017 Participated in Women in University Administration program at Alumnus Summit on Saturday, January 7th 2017 in New Delhi, India.
  • 2016 Participated in Women in University Administration Program at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO sponsored by the U.S. Department of State). From 31.05.2016 – 17 .06.2016
  • 2015 Technological Exposure Tour with the Students of Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing Degree and Diploma Programmes batch study tour in Bangkok, From 16.02.2015 – 23.02.2015
  • 2015 Participated in 7th Annual International Symposium on University Rankings and Quality Assurance 2015- Brussels, Belgium and visited Vrije University from 20.5.2015 to 24.05.2015
  • 2014 Visited Kyoto University, Japan for an Official discussion on an international training program to be introduced to Japanese students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at USJ, Sri Lanka from 02.11.2014 to 09.11.2014
  • 2014 ACUHR Management & PR network Conference from 12.07.2014 to 19.07.2014 in Glasgow, UK
  • 2012 Participated in 2nd QS MAPLE Conference designed for universities’ presidents, senior leaders and strategists, and staff linked to national and international education across the world, and for higher education ministry officials from the Middle East and Africa. from 01.05.2012 to 06.05.2012 in South Africa


PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL WORKSHOPS

  • (1) EIA on one day work shop (2000) for consultants registered with the Central Environmental Authority at the Auditorium of Sri Lanka Institute of Development (SLIDA) from 8.30 to 6.30 pm organized by the Central Environmental Authority.
  • (2) Second Annual convention, thematic session and training workshop 5th to 7th Nov. 1999 at Hotel Renuka.
  • (3) Second Annual Session held by Faculty of graduate studies on 23rd October (1999) at, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • (4) Workshop on strengthening EIA capabilities at the universities. 31st July – 1 st August 1998 at Villa Ocean View, Wadduwa.
  • (5) First Research session held by Faculty of graduate studies on 27th march (1998) at, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • (6) Symposium on Upper Mahaweli catchment Conservation Status and trends (1998).
  • (7) A residential workshop for ten days on “Environmental Impact assessment” held from 2 – 11 Sept. 1994 at Peacock Beach Hotel, Hambantota. This workshop was organized by the Central Environmental Authority & the Centre for Environmental studies, Univ. of Peradeniya
  • (8) Final workshop for the Mahaweli Environmental Evaluation” at the Mahaweli Centre on 21st Jan. 1993.
  • (9) A workshop on “Instream Ecology & reservoir production of the Mahaweli basin; A modified ecosystem”, in Aug. 1989 at Institute of Fundamental studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. 22 nd to 23rd March 1989.


CONVOCATION SPEECH

  • 2018 Delivered the convocation speech at the 2018 convocation for the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura on invitation.


PARTICIPATION IN TRAINING PROGRAMS:

  • Training program on Arc GIS 10 conducted through EMSO Sri Lanka on 29th May 2015
  • Training program on Arc GIS 10 conducted through EMSO Sri Lanka from 14th to 18th May 2012
  • Training program on Trimble Geo XT Field survey, Mapping instruments and processing software 30th June 2004
  • Participated in GIS training programme conducted by Univ. of Colombo from 18.01.2003 to 16.02.2003
  • Workshop on application of Remote sensing and GIS in Earth Sciences 16th – 17th2001 at Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Peradeniya, conducted by Geological Society of Sri Lanka
  • Residential workshop in Computer Science for University Staff from 21st Aug. to 14th Sept. 1985


RESOURCE PERSON

Chief Resource Person in GIS workshops
  • 2013 The chief resource person (Oct 2013): to conduct a 3-day training program on Certificate course on GIS and its applications for medical professionals using Arc GIS 10.1(From 11th to 13th October 2013
  • 2009 The chief resource person (Feb 2009): to conduct a 5 day training program on Fundamentals and concepts of GIS using Arc GIS 9.3 for professionals.(From 28th Feb to 17th March 2009- for 5 week ends)
  • 2008 The chief resource person (May 2008): to conduct a 8 day training program on GIS and natural resources management using Arc GIS 9.2 for professionals.
  • 2003 GIS Consultant (Jan 2003): Interpolation of rainfall data & temperature data of Sri Lanka for a Project on Asia Pacific Network (APN/SASCOM/LOICZ) coordinated through Sri Lanka Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka.
  • 2000 Resource person in Arc View 3.2 GIS Training Programme 30th August to 01st September 2000 at Urban Development Authority (UDA), Battaramulla.

Resource person in other Professional workshops
  • 2017 Resource person to staff Development Centre to deliver a lecture on “Designing and developing Research Proposals “on 10.07.2017 from 10.30 to 12.30 hrs at the Staff Development Center, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka.
  • 2009 Resource person to the Theme seminar on Science for sustainable use of water resources organized by Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) on 2 nd Dec 2009: Presented the theme seminar on “pollution of inland waters and human factor”.
  • 2009 Resource person in the workshop conducted by North East Coastal Community Development Project (NECCDEP) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). (22nd May 2009): conducted a presentation on “Seasonal variation in water quality of Arugam lagoon.
  • 2009 Resource person in the workshop conducted by North East Coastal Community Development Project (NECCDEP) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). (22nd May 2009): conducted a Seminar on “Seasonal variation in water quality of Batticaloa lagoon.
  • 2008 Resource person for the Symposium on Water: Research Trends in Sri Lanka conducted by Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) on 14th July 2008: Conducted the presentation on Water resources management in Sri Lanka with reference to 32 reservoirs in Sri Lanka, SLAAS
  • 2008 Resource person to make a presentation Seminar (4th July 2008) to Officers of Moratuwa, Ratmalana, Colombo, Dehiwala and Thimbirigasyaya DS divisions on Environmental Assesment on tsunami housing project (Eligibility verification survey and rapid environmental and socio economic survey)- Project funded by World Bank.
  • 2007 Resource person in the workshop conducted on Dam safety & reservoir conservation for sustainable management of existing water resources organized by Franco – Ceylonese Technologists at Continental hotel on 27th April 2007: Conducted the presentation on “reservoir conservation measures
  • 2005 Resource person in the workshop on River basin coastal zone interactions organized by National committee on Land Ocean interactions in the coastal zone (LOICZ) and National Science Foundation (NSF) on (16th June 2005): presented a seminar on “Inland reservoirs and catchment interactions”
  • 2002 Resource person to work shop on Management of Diffuse sources of Pollution in Sri Lanka held on 24th May 2002 conducted by SMEC International Pty Ltd. Made a presentation on diffuse sources of pollution in Sri Lanka.
  • 2002 Resource person in Present use and future development of GIS in Sri Lanka in Collaboration with SIDA/SAREC Research Cooperation Project 21st – 23 January 2002 conducted by Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura & Central Environmental authority of Sri Lanka. Made a presentation on pollution of Kandy lake due to catchment activities using GIS as a tool.
  • 2000 Resource person in the workshop on River basin coastal zone interactions organized by National committee APN/SASCOM/LOICZ, REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP ON BIO GEOCHEMICAL BUDGETING AND SOCIOECONOMIC MODELLING FOR COASTAL SCIENCE 18-22 Sept. 2000, Colombo. Made a presentation on on limnology of upland reservoirs.
  • 2001 Resource person to workshop on river basin management Sept 14th, 2001 conducted by Institute of Engineers in Association with Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC). Made a presentation on environmental issues in major river basins of Sri Lanka.
  • 1999 Resource person to Regional workshop on Estuarine modeling and coastal zone Management, A joint START/LOICZ/IGBP-SL Workshop 28-30 April, 1999, Colombo. Conducted a seminar on nutrient loading effect from upland reservoirs.
  • 1997 Resource person to the workshop on Upper Mahaweli Catchment conservationStatus and trends conducted by SLAAS, Title of the Presentation: Limnology project at Mahaweli reservoirs Date of the event: 1997
  • 1993 The Guest speaker SLAAS section D Guest Lecture & Discussion. Presented at the SLAAS Auditorium Title of the Presentation: Limnological aspects and related environmental problems in Mahaweli Reservoirs Date of the event: 5 th November 1993
  • 1989 Resource person to National workshop on Instream ecology and reservoir production of the Mahaweli basin- A modified ecosystem. Title of the Presentation: Some Limnological observations at Kotmale, Victoria and Randenigala reservoirs Date of the event : 1989
  • 1989 The Guest speaker to Research Colloquium. Presented at Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy on an invitation. Title of the Presentation: Limnological studies at Mahaweli reservoirs Date of the event: 24th May 1989.


CONSULTANCY PROJECTS

  • 2021 Ecologist in the consultancy services for Planning, Design and procurement of Environment Management Services component for Trincomalee, Dambulla, Kurunegala and Ratnapura cities in Sri Lanka for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. Four months spread over the period from 21st January 2020 to February 2021
  • 2019 Consultant to UNDP as the water Quality expert (water sources study in Walapane Divisional Secretariat Division) for 8 months from 28th March 2019
  • 2017 Ecologist & Environmentalist to IUCN to prepare Preliminary Situation Analysis (PSA) on Mangrove profile of Sri Lanka.
  • 2016-2017 TEAM LEADER and Environmental Expert - IEE for Proposed Odel New Development at Ward place, Colombo 7 (2016/2017)
  • 2015 TEAM LEADER to IEE for the PROPOSED MIXED DEVELOPMENT IN SLAVE ISLISLAND REDEVELOPMENT STAGE II) IMPERIAL BUILDERS (PVT) LTD. Project is approved by CEA. (2015)
  • 2014 TEAM LEADER to IEE for the proposed 132 KV transmission line from Randeniya to Badulla Grid Substation. CEA has given the approval for the report. (Dec 2013 to 10th April 2014).
  • 2013 TEAM LEADER to Supplementary EIA for the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. Approval was received in February 2013
  • 2011-2012 water quality expert & environmentalist Dry Zone Urban Water and Sanitation Project (DZUWSP) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Vavuniya, Mannar, Chilaw & Puttalam from Dec 2011 to Feb 2012-
  • 2012 TEAM LEADER to IEE for the proposed project to setup an industrial estate at Achchuweli, Jaffna. Developer Industrial Development Board. IEE was conducted through the university & CEA has given the approval for the report. (July 2012 to Sept 2012).
  • 2011 TEAM LEADER (Ecologist) in EIA for the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. Approval was received in 2011
  • 2011 Environmentalist to Metro Colombo Urban Development project (MCUDP) Year: July 2011- (project completed & Environmental Assessment report is published in the WEB). Location: Colombo Metropolitan area and the Client: Ministry of Defense
  • 2011 Team Leader to IEE for the development of Movenpick city hotel ( 26 storied hotel), A five-star business hotel at Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3. At Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo Client: Softlogic Holdings Ltd.
  • 2010-2011 Team Leader to IEE project on Development of Kokduwa & Uruduwa at Bolgoda lake, Panadura Client: Phoenix Ventures LTD. Holding company of Brandix Group
  • 2009 Water quality Expert North East Coastal Community Development Project (NECCDEP) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2009- water quality study at Batticalaoa and Arugam lagoons
  • 2008 Environmental Expert (ADB Staff Consultant). Local Government Infrastructure Improvement Project - LGIIP (June 2008). ADB loan no. 2201 SF (SRI) SPCU package 1 ––North, east and north central provinces
  • 2008 Social and Environmental Expert for Environmental Assessment of following projects funded by ADB and served as the ADB staff consultant:
    1. Initial Environmental Assessment for Kahatagasdigiliya Library
    2. Initial Environmental Examination Report for Thalawa road improvement subproject
    3. Initial Environmental Examination Report for Medawachchiya Road improvement subproject
    4. Initial Environmental Examination Report for Nochchiyagama Water supply subproject and
    5. Initial Environmental Examination Report for Hingurakgoda Sewer subproject.
  • 2008 Environmental expert to a Project titled: Spatial Information Infrastructure and Reconstruction Monitoring (SIIRM) project
  • 2007 Environmental expert to the Environmental Assessment of the home owner driven component of Tsunami Housing reconstruction – Colombo District (DS divisions; Moratuwa, Ratmaana, Dehiwala, Colombo and Thimbirigasyaya). August 2007 to Dec 2007- (World Bank funded project).
  • 2007 Environmental expert to ADB funded Project to upgrade the estate roads of Sri Lanka. (June 2007)
  • 2007 TEAM LEADER for the IEE project on construction of an extension to Taj Air port Garden Hotel- Negombo. Year: March to June 2007 client: Taj Samudra group of companies
  • 2006 Environmentalist to the Project: Construction of Rekawa lagoon bridge at Kapuhenwela (Sept 2006) for German Development Cooperation (GTZ), Project No. REPSI S/LSC/No. 4a
  • 2006 Environmentalist to Moragahakanda Agricultural Development Project for preparation of comprehensive watershed management plan & mitigatory action plan (Aug 2006 to March 2007)
  • 1986-2004 TEAM LEADER to Limnology Project at Mahaweli Reservoirs (1986 to 2004) in Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs in Upper Mahaweli Catchment area for the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka.
  • 1986-2004 TEAM LEADER to Limnology Project at Mahaweli Reservoirs (1986 to 2004) in Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe reservoirs in Upper Mahaweli Catchment area for the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka.
  • 2004 TEAM LEADER & environmental expert to Project: Construction of a new highway bridge at Manampitiya across Mahaweli Ganga (July 2004) for the Roads Development Authority
  • 2004 Environmental expert to Project: North East Irrigated Agriculture Project II (NEIAP II) (2004)
  • 2004 TEAM LEADER & ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT to Project on Development of Kokduwa & Uruduwa at Bolgoda Lake,
  • 2003 TEAM LEADER & Environmental expert to Project: Construction of Kelani conservation Barrage (Feb. 2003) for Sri Lanka Land Reclamation Cooperation (SLLRD).
  • 2003 Environmentalist and Limnologist in DAM SAFETY AND RESERVOIR CONSERVATION PROJECT (2003) for The Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka
  • 2002 Environmentalist in RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PROJECT in Upper Mahaweli catchment areas for the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka (World Bank Funded) from April 2002 – August 2002.
  • 2002 Environmental expert & water quality expert to Project: CAPABILITY STRENGTHENING OF WATER RESOURCES SECRETARIAT OF SRI LANKA (2002) for Water Resources Secretariat, Sri Lanka
  • 2001 Environmentalist in RESTORATION OF IRRIGATION TANKS; MALIPOTHA, ALUGALGE AND SUGULADEVI in Moneragala district (2001) for the Irrigation department
    1. Environmental expert to the following MINIHYDRO POWER PROJECTS (2001)
    2. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Kumbukkan Oya at Uva Province Moneragala District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna, Duration: two weeks
    3. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Kurundu Oya, Mahaweli Ganga at Central province, Nuwara Eliya District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna-Duration: : two weeks
    4. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Panna Oya/ Kotmale Oya at Central Province Nuwara Eliya District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna-Duration: two weeks
    5. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Rawana Ella, at Uva Province Badulla District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna, Duration: : two weeks
    6. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Kirindi Oya, Sabaragamuwa Province, Ratnapura District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna, Duration: two weeks
    7. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Mandagal Oya/ Kelani Ganga at Central Province Nuwara Eliya District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna - Duration: : two weeks
    8. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Maha Oya at Sabaragamuwa province at Kegalle District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna - Duration: :two weeks
    9. EIA study for a mini Hydro Power project at Mandagal Oya/ Kelani Ganga at Central Province Nuwara Eliya District. Study Ecological resources, Fauna Duration: : two weeks
  • 1998 TEAM LEADER & ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT to 50 roomed hotel project at Bolgoda, Piliyandala for Lokuge tours and travels (Pvt) LTD, no.10, parsons road, Colombo 2
  • 1992 Environmental Expert to Project: Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project (1992) in Kotmale, Sri Lanka for Ceylon Electricity Board.


CONSULTANT TO EVALUATING COMMITTEES

Consultant to Evaluating committees of the following projects in the Project Approving Agency- Mahaweli Authority, Sri Lanka
  • EIA on Moragahakanda Agricultural development project
  • Supplementary Environmental Report for Moragahakande Agricultural project
  • Proposed hotel project at Dehiattakandiya Mega resorts (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Proposed 23 roomed Hotel Palace Victoria at 184, Madawata Road, Katugastota
  • Preparation of guidelines for the construction of Houses in Private Lands within 100m reservation of MASL.
  • Consultant to evaluation committee for preliminary clearance for Elephant Park Project – Kandy, Elephant walk, Mahaweli River park
  • Proposed Dolomite Industry to be located at Digana, Kandy
  • Consultant to Monitoring committee for Rajawella Golf Hotel Project, Digana, Kandy
  • Proposed safety fuse factory at Aluthwatte, Digana, S A Mohamed Cassim & Company.
  • A project to Manufacture of Toilet and facial tissues within Industrial park (Pallekele)


Teaching Areas

    • Referencing and Mendeley Reference Manager
    • Cataloging
    • ICT
    • Literature searching/ Database searching
    • Information sources
    • PICO searching
    • Evidence Based Physiotherapy
    • Usability Assessment
    • Information Sharing & Networking
    • Digital information needs & seeking behavior


Research Interest

    • Information needs & seeking behavior
    • Digital libraries
    • Information literacy
    • Health librarianship
    • user education
    • Usability Assessment
    • Systematic reviews


Publications