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PROFESSOR & PI - A biologist interested in understanding the processes of diversification from ecological, evolutionary and developmental contexts. Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University USA, on the diversification of a newly discovered radiation of nearly 100 species of frogs from Sri Lanka. Was a Ziff Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), studying correlates of extinctions in amphibians. Next, worked at the Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology at University of Peradeniya, serving as a Professor. Currently works as a Professor at Guangxi University in China. Analyses processes of diversification in amphibians and freshwater fish (also cavefish) systems including their microbiomes. In contribution to systematics, has described more than 50 species of frogs, freshwater fishes and a mammal, often using integrative taxonomic methods, together with contributions to higher order classification. Notable awards are: Frank A. Belamarich Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (Boston University), Society of Systematic Biologists Award for Graduate Student Research, Top 10 Species Award, and Several Presidential Awards for Research. In contribution to biodiversity conservation, serves as a Co-Chair for Amphibian Specialist Group Sri Lanka (ASG/IUCN/SSC). A freshwater fish (Schistura madhavai) and a fairy orchid (Oberonia meegaskumburae), both endemic to the island of Sri Lanka, are named after him. Serves as an Academic Editor/Editorial Board member for PeerJ, BMC Ecology & Evolution, Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution and PlosOne.
Biodiversity Biogeography Bioinformatics Climate Change Biology Conservation Biology Evolutionary Studies Freshwater Biology Genetics Genomics Microbiology Paleontology Parasitology Population Biology Taxonomy Zoology