European Elephant Management

Dr. Devaka Kirthi Weerakoon

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NAME : Devaka Kirthi Weerakoon

DATE OF BIRTH : February 26, 1963

NATIONALITY : Sri Lankan

EDUCATION : B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Colombo 1985

M.Sc. Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, 1990

Ph.D.. Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, 1995

OTHER TRAINING : Training on teaching methodologies in distant education conducted by the Heartland Community College, USA, 1995

Training workshop on environmental economics conducted by University of Bath, Sri Lanka, 2000

Training workshop on environmental impact assessment conducted jointly by the Central Environmental Authority and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2000

LANGUAGE & DEGREE : Sinhala (native), English (excellent)
OF PROFICIENCY

MEMBERSHIP IN : Member of the Institute of Biologists
PROFESSIONAL Member of the institute of Immunology and Allergy
SOCIETIES

COUNTRIES OF WORK : Sri Lanka
EXPERIENCE United States

EMPLOYMENT RECORD:

From: : 1995 to present
Employer : University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Position held : Senior Lecturer
Description of duties : Conducting lectures and practical classes, Setting and marking examination papers, and other administrative duties

From: : 1994 to 1995
Employer : Heartland Community College, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Position held : Adjunct Lecturer
Description of duties : Conducting lectures and practical classes, Setting and marking examination papers.

From: : 1993 to 1995
Employer : Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA.
Position held : American Heart Fellow
Description of duties : Full time research

From: : 1990 to 1993
Employer : Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA.
Position held : Teaching Assistant
Description of duties : Conducting lectures and practical classes

From: : 1988 to 1990
Employer : Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA.
Position held : Fullbright Fellow
Description of duties : Full time research

From: : 1985 to 1988
Employer : University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Position held : Probationary Assistant Lecturer
Description of duties : Conducting lectures and practical classes

OTHER EXPERIENCE :

Dec 2002 - 2006: Wildlife Ecologist. Protected Area Management and Wildlife Conservation Project. Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka. Funded by ADB/ World bank/ GEF.

June 2002 : Development of guide lines for damage assessment due to oil spills and monitoring procedures to measure long term impacts of oil spills. EML (Pvt.) Ltd.

Apr 2002 : Faunal study of the proposed Magal Ganga small hydro power plant - Eco Power (Pvt.) Ltd.

June 2001 : Evaluation of the impact of second road improvement project on elephants and their habitat - Asian Development Bank, Ministry of Provincial Councils

Apr 2001 : Faunal study of the proposed road diversion project at Hikkaduwa - Resource Organization and Management International (Pvt.) Ltd.

Mar 2001 : Faunal study of the proposed Hulu Ganga, Uma Oya and Wee Oya small hydro power plants - Eco Power (Pvt.) Ltd.

Apr - May 2000 : Faunal study of the proposed relocation plan of horticulture projects from Nuwara Eliya to Ambewela – Resource Organization and Management International (Pvt.) Ltd.

Apr - Jun 1999 : Development of a plan to improve education planning in Sri Lanka (Natural Science Sector) - Asian Development Bank, Ministry of Planning and Finance

Oct - Dec 1998 : Faunal study of the proposed Diyawanna Uyana sports complex - National Building Research Organization

Aug - Sep 1998 : Development of an investment plan for the management of wild elephants in Sri Lanka - Asian Development Bank, Department of Wildlife Conservation

May- Jun 1998 : Faunal study of the proposed transmission line between Kerawalapitiya and Kotugoda - Teams (Pvt) Ltd.

1997 - 1999 : Compilation of the national list of threatened fauna of Sri Lanka - IUCN Sri Lanka

RESEARCH AWARDS AND GRANTS:

Foreign
2001 - Present: Ecology and behavior of elephants in southern Sri Lanka in relation to their management and conservation - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2000 - Present: Ecology and behavior of elephants in southern Sri Lanka in relation to their management and conservation - Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation.

Local
2000 - Present : Diversity, abundance, and species richness of canopy arthropods in Knuckles range and its spatial and temporal distribution related to canopy structure - National Science Foundation RG/2000/MAB/2.

2001 - Present : Taxonomy of the golden palm civet, Paradoxurus zeylonensis. Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust.

1997 - 1999 : Ecology and ranging behavior of wild elephants and human elephant conflict in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka - UNDP, Department of Wildlife Conservation and Global Environmental Facility.

ONGOING RESEARCH PROGRAMMES:

2000 - Present : Ecology and behavior of elephants in southern Sri Lanka in relation to their management and conservation

2000 - Present : Taxonomy of the golden palm civet, Paradoxurus zeylonensis.

2000 - Present : Diversity, abundance, and species richness of canopy arthropods in Knuckles range and its spatial and temporal distribution related to canopy structure.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Appointments to National Committees
Member of the project steering committee on identification of critical habitats in the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary. National Country Office of the IUCN World Conservation Union (2001)

Member of the project steering committee on development of a management plan for the Bellanwila Attidiya Bird Sanctuary. National Country Office of the IUCN World Conservation Union (2000)

Member of the working committee on Biological Sciences. National Science Foundation (1999 to 2002)

Member of the committee on environmental policy management-Biodiversity. Ministry of Forestry and Environment (2000 to date)

Member of the National Species Conservation Advisory Group. Ministry of Forestry and Environment (2000 to date)

Member of the committee on development of Environmental Indicators for Sri Lanka. Ministry of Forestry and Environment (2002 to date)

Member of the national committee to formulate policy on conservation of Sri Lankan elephant Plantation Ministry (2000)

Referee:
Referee for immunology and wild life conservation research communications. Section D, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 1998 to date

Referee for Journal of Agriculture and Extension published by the Department of animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna.

Editor:
Honorary Editor of the Loris - Journal of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (2001 to date)

Member of the editorial board of Sri Lanka Naturalist - Journal of the Young Zoologists Association of Sri Lanka (2000 to date)

Resource Person for
Sustainable development through Biodiversity Conservation programme conducted by Sarvodaya Sri Lanka 1999 to date

Certificate course in wildlife and environment conducted by the Wildlife Trust from 1998 to date

Certificate course in wildlife and environments conducted by the Green Forest Association from 2000 to date

Sinharaja environmental awareness programme conducted by the World University Service, University of Moratuwa from 1995 to date

Environmental management programme of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration

Faunal consultant to
National Building and Research Organization

Resource Organization and Management International (Pvt.) Ltd.

Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Management Specialists (Pvt.) Ltd.

Industrial Technology Institute (formerly CISIR)

Eco Power (Pvt.) Ltd.

MEMBERSHIP IN SOCIETIES:

Joint Secretary of the Institute of Biology 2001 to present.

Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2000 to date

Vice president of the field ornithology group of Sri Lanka 1997-1999

Senior Treasurer of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka 1999 to date

Founder and committee member of the Ecotourism Society of Sri Lanka 1999 to date

President of the field ornithology group of Sri Lanka 2002

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS:

Kotagama, S.W., Karunaratne, P.B., de Zoysa, N.D., and Weerakoon, D.K. 1986. Faunal studies in Sinharaja Rain Forest I. Composition of the vertebrate fauna. Proceedings of the 42nd annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 1986, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Weerakoon, D.K., Webel, S. K., and Jones, M. A. 1991. Metabolism of prostaglandin F2_ by the porcine uterus and corpus luteum. American Society of Animal Science Midwestern Section. 138,166.

Swartz, S.L., Allikian, M.J., Babwah, A.V., Bobell, J.R., Brumfield, R.T., Burow, C.W., Lee, M-W., Lu, S., Mathus, T.L., Schroen, D.J., Valasek, K.G., Weerakoon, D.K., Whiteaker, K.L., Griffith, T.S., Boontrakulpoontawee, P., Li, Y.Y., Szot, G.L., Otsuka, A., and Cheung, H.T. (1992) Production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies to C. elegans extracellular matrix components. Worm Breeder's Gazette 12:20.

Mathus, T.L., Schroen, D.J., Weerakoon, D.K., and Cheung, H.T. (1992) Using matrigel to study the degradation of basement membrane by lymphocytes. FASEB J. 6: A1626.

Mathus, T.L., Weerakoon, D.K., Schroen, D.J., and Cheung, H.T. (1993) Degradation of basement membrane by lymphocytes. FASEB J. 7:A834.

Cheung, H.T., St. John, J.J., Schroen, D.J., and Weerakoon, D.K. (1993) Gravity removal adhesion assay: A method for measuring lymphocyte adhesion. J. Immunol. 150:323A.

Weerakoon, D.K. and Cheung, H.T. (1994) Adhesion of macrophages to extracellular matrix proteins. FASEB J. 8:A587.

Weerakoon, D.K. and Cheung, H.T. (1995) Role of extracellular matrix on the secretion of metalloproteases by macrophages. FASEB J. 9:A600.

Weerakoon, D.K., Sirimanne, I.P., and Cheung, H.T. (1995) Adhesion of macrophages to basement membranes. FASEB J. 9:A621.

Myeongwoo, L., Weerakoon, D.K., and Cheung, H.T. (1996) Characterization of a monoclonal antibody against Caenirhabditis elegans extracellular matrix. FASEB J.

Weerakoon, D.K., Goonatilake W.L.D.P.T.S. de A., Dayawansa, N.D., and Wijesinghe, M.R. (2000) The list of Threatened Fauna of Sri Lanka In: The 1999 List of Threatened Fauna and Flora of Sri Lanka Colombo, IUCN Sri Lanka. pp. 9-69.

Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S. de A., Weerakoon, D.K., and Kotagama, S.W. (2000) Faunal alien species of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 55TH Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2000. Peradeniya Sri Lanka. p. 156.

Haturusinghe, H.S. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) Crop raiding behaviour of elephants in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka Proceedings of the 55TH Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2000. Peradeniya Sri Lanka. p. 153.

Perera, R.A.R. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) Ranging behaviour of elephants in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 55TH Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2000. Peradeniya Sri Lanka. p. 155.

Samansiri, K.A.P. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) Feeding behaviour of elephants in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 55TH Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2000. Peradeniya Sri Lanka. p. 154.

Haturusinghe, H.S. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) Human elephant conflict in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 20TH Annual sessions of the Institute of Biologists 2000. Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 41.

Perera, R.A.R. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) Ranging behaviour of elephants in the northwestern region of Sri Lanka and implications for management. Proceedings of the 20TH Annual sessions of the Institute of Biologists 2000. Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 40.

Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S.de A. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) A Preliminary study of arthropod diversity in the canopy of Campnosperma zeylanica Thw, at Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. Proceedings of the 6TH Annual Forestry and Environment Symposium 2000. Kandy, Sri Lanka. p. 34.

Samansiri, K.A.P. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2000) The Role of elephant Elephas maximus as a seed dispersal agent, Proceedings of the 6TH Annual Forestry and Environment Symposium 2000. Kandy, Sri Lanka. p. 35.

Dela, J., Weerakoon, D., Seneviratne, I., and de Silva, A. (2001) Sri Lanka case study on preparation of nationally threatened species list. In Using the IUCN Red List Criteria at the National Level: A Regional Consultative Workshop for South and Southeast Asia. IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia, Colombo, Sri Lanka. P. 92-104.

Goonatilake, W.L.D.P.T.S.de A. and Weerakoon, D.K. (2001) A Preliminary study of diversity of freshwater fishes in selected streams at eratne. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 17.

Weerakoon, D.K. (2001) Conservation status of the amphibian fauna of Sri Lanka. Lyriocephalus 4 (1&2), 132-139.

Weerakoon, D.K. (2001) Conserving the biodiversity of Sri Lanka: Present status and future directions. Sri Lanka Naturalist 4 (2), 26-31.

Weerakoon, D.K. (2001) Ecology and Biology of the Asian Elephant. Science in Sri Lanka 2 (1), 23-25.

Gunawardena, M., Janaka, H.K., Jayasinghe, L.K.A., Sandanayake, A., Wikramanayake, E., Weerakoon, D and Fernando, P (2002) Elephants in a ‘Traditional” land-use landscape: Options for conservation. Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Dahanayake, W.K., Weerakoon, D.K., and Jayathunga, Y.N.A. (2002) Floral density and diversity in the southern part of the Kirigala proposed forest reserve. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 44.

Gunawardena, M., Weerakoon, D.K., and Fernando, J.M.P. (2002) Social Organization of Elephants in Ruhunu National Park. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 50.

Jayasinghe, L.K.A., Weerakoon, D.K., and Fernando, J.M.P. (2002) Social Organization of Male Elephants in Udawalawe National Park. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 51.

Janaka, H.K., Gunawardena, M., Weerakoon, D.K., and Fernando, J.M.P. (2002) Ranging Behaviour of Elephants in Ruhunu National Park. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 57.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

1993 - 1995 : American Heart Association Fellowship

1988 - 1990 : Fulbright Fellowship

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