Dr. Kalinga Padmalal (Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc) - Wildlife Ecologist

Area of Expertise:

  • Protected Area Planning
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Elephant Conservation
  • Wildlife Management
  • Natural Resources and Ecotourism
  • Environmental Policy Planning and management and Climate change
  • project development and implementation
  • research
  • legislation and policy
  • livelihoods
  • sustainable development.

Ph D in Wildlife Biology, Tohoku Uni., Sendai, Japan

MSc in Environmental Science, Uni. of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1984)

B Sc, in Biological Science Uni. of Colombo Sri Lanka (1981)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Open University of Sri Lanka

Chartered and Fellow Professional – Institute of Biology

20 years experience as a professionally qualified Wildlife Biologist Protected Area Planner and Environmental and Natural Resources Specialist, 10 years experience in Wildlife and Protected area management and over 20 years experience in post-secondary teaching, research and consulting.

Supervised more than 100 students at B.Sc., M.Sc., M Phil  and PhD levels

Member of the fauna and Flora advisory body of the Minister in Charge of Wildlife Dept.

Member of the Dept. of Wildlife conservation Research Committee for nearly 20 years

Member of the number of Committees formulated by the wildlife Department (HEC and surveys, Research Publications, Habitat Management) Biodiversity Division of the Ministry of Environment

Member of the Presidential Task force to formulate Wildlife Policy

Member of the team (wildlife Expert) for the preparation: Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Northern Province

Member of the advisory body to establish an Elephant Holding ground at Lunugamvehera National Park

Key contributions include:

As Environmental specialist (Wildlife Ecologist), prepared  Strategic Environmental Assessment  of Mundeni Aru  Basin, Mahaweli Basine, National River basins (2012)

As Protected area Planner in the Department of Wildlife Conservation, was responsible on Elephant Conservation and establishing Corridors in the areas of Madurauoya, Mundeni aru Basin and Mahaweli basin.

As Biodiversity Expert, prepared management plan for Wilpattu National Park and its influence Zone (2017-2018) 


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