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Ms. H.K.N. Sanjeewani

BScHons (Env Sc & NRM) (SUSL), PDip (Oxford, UK), PhD (Peradeniya) (Reading)

Lecturer (Probationary)

714527060

nimalka.kankanamge@vau.ac.lk

Academic Records
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Reading), (Forest Ecology and Carbon Sequestration), (2019- to present), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Management Practices (2017), Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, specialised in Environmental science and Natural resource Management (2006-2010), Sbaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Admin Roles
Activities

Outreach activities on Sri Lankan Leopard distribution, conservation and human-leopard interaction management in Sri Lanka since 2009 with collaboratively Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Teaching

UndergraduateTeaching

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Applied Ecology
  • Forest Environmental Biology and Management
Publications
  •  Madhumali, R.M.C., Wahala, W.M.P.S.B., Welikanna, D.R., Dunendran, P., Sanjeewani H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P, De Costa, W.A.J.M. (2022), Estimation of Canopy Leaf Area Index of Tropical Rainforests of Sri Lanka from the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index along a Wide Altitudinal Gradient, Proceedings of the 26th International Forestry and Environment Symposium 2022 of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 26, pp-13
  • Bhagya Weththasinghe, Iroja Caldera, Nimalka Sanjeewani, Dilum Samarasinghe, Himesh Jayasinghe, Asanga Wijethunga, Janendra De Costa, (2022), Stomatal anatomy, leaf structure and nutrients of tropical rainforest tree species respond to altitude in a coordinated manner in accordance with the leaf economics spectrum. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.01.16.476499 [Preprint]
  • Madhumali, R.M.C., Wahala, W.M.P.S.B., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P. and De Costa, W.A.J.M. (2021) Response of  Canopy  Leaf  Area  Index and  Architecture of  Tropical Rainforests in  Sri  Lanka to  Climatic  Variation along an  Altitudinal Gradient. Tropical Agricultural Research, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 32 (1), pp.1-16, DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tar.v32i1.8437
  • R.M.C. Madhumali, W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, H.K.N. Sanjeewani,  D.P. Samarasinghe, and W.A.J.M. De Costa,(2020), Inter-Relationships Between Canopy Openness and Vegetation Diversity in Tropical Rainforests of Sri Lanka Across a Wide Altitudinal Gradient, 10th Annual Research Session of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 16th December 2020, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, pp 58
  • Kumara, P.H.S.C., Kittle, A.M., Watson, A.C., Sanjeewani, H.K.N. and Perera, S.J. (2020) Status of Human-Leopard Interactions in Nuwara Eliya District within the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka over the Past Twenty Years, 10th Annual Research Session of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 16th December 2020, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, pp 62
  • Yasanthika, W.H.P., Keerthanaram, T., Nimalka Sanjeewani, H.K., Naveendrakumar, G. And Akther, M.S.R. (2020) Preliminary assessment of marine phytoplankton distribution and fish-catch in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the First Annual Research Session (FARS) 2020, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka: Faculty of Applied Science, Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna, p15.
  • Madhumali, R.M.C, Wahala, W.M.P.S.B, Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P. and De Costa W.A.J.M (2020) Response of Canopy Leaf Area Index and Architecture of Tropical Rainforests in Sri Lanka to Climatic Variation along an Altitudinal Gradient, Proceedings of the 32nd Annual congress of the PGIA, Postgraduate Institute of Peradeniya, University of Peradeniya, pp-33
  • Weththasinghe, B.T., Caldera, H.I.U., De Costa, W.A.J.M., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P., Jayasinghe, H.D., Wijethunga, W.M.G.A.S.T.B. (2020) Variation of stomatal anatomy of genus Syzygium in tropical forests along an altitudinal gradient in Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Session of the Institute of Biology, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka. Abstract no. 2-11.
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P., Jayasinghe, H.D., Gardiyawasam, P.H., Wahala, W.M.P.S.B., Wijetunga, W.M.G.A.S.T.B., Ukuwela, K.D.B., Gomes, P., and De Costa, W.A.J.M. (2020) Response of tree community composition, plant diversity and aboveground tree biomass in tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka to variation in altitude, Tropical Agricultural Research, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 31(1), pp.87–101. DOI: 10.4038/tar.v31i1.8346
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Samarasinghe, D.P., Jayasinghe, H.D., Gardiyawasam, P.H., Wahala, W.M.P.S.B., Wijetunga, W.M.G.A.S.T.B., Ukuwela, K.D.B., Gomes, P., and De Costa, W.A.J.M. (2019) Variation in above-ground carbon stock of selected tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka along an altitude gradient’, Proceedings of the Rajarata International Research Conference (RIRC 2019), University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka, PG 119, 6-7 November 2019, p199, ISSN 2235-9710. [Best podium presentation]
  • Sanjeewani HKN, Samarasinghe DP, Jayasinghe HD, Gardiyawasam PH, Wahala S, Wijethunga A, Ukuwela K, and De Costa J (2019) ‘Species composition and Diversity in two selected lowland tropical rainforests in Sri Lanka and their relationships to temperature and precipitation, Proceedings of the 24th International Forestry and Environment Symposium, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, Volume 24, 11-12 October 2019, p09, ISSN 2235-9427.
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Gilbert, T., Shah, P., and Patrick, A.E.S. (2018) Social survey on drinking water sources, health issues and the current domestic treatment practices in Vavuniya district, Sri Lanka, Proceeding of the Wayamba International Conference, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, 24-25 August 2018, pp-274.
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Patrick, A.E.S., and Abarna, K. (2018) Preliminary study on optimum time hardness removing ability of Stryshons Potatorum (Ingini) seeds from drinking water in Vavuniya district, Sri Lanka, Proceeding of the Wayamba International Conference, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, 24-25 August 2018, pp-263.
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Andrew Kittle, Anjali Watson and Gyanada Acharya (2017) Factors influencing human-leopard interaction in the Bogawanthalawa valley of Sri Lanka, Conference: Students Conference on Conservation Science 2017, UK: University of Cambridge, March 2017 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.19446.80969
  • Kittle, A.M., Kumara, P.H.S.C., Pathirathna, D.G., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Seneviratne, H.T.J., and Watson, A.C. (2016) A comparison of floral and faunal diversity between two small, disturbed forest patches in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka, WILDLANKA Vol.4, No.3, pp. 134 – 141
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Kittle, A.M., and Lekamge, D. (2016) ‘Determining the abundance of prey available to leopard in a mid-elevation wet zone forest reserve in Sri Lanka: a comparison of methods’, Proceeding of the Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 19-20 August 2016,258
  • Acharya, G., Kittle, A.M., Watson, A., and Sanjeewani, H.K.N. (2016) Human-leopard interaction in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Central province hill country, Proceeding of the Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka,19-20 August 2016,228
  • Kittle, A.M., Watson, A.C., Kumara, P.H.C., Sandanayake, S.D.K., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., and Fernando, T.S.P. (2015) Leopard Ecology in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Symposium on wild cats of South Asia past and present. November 2-3, 2015.
  • Watson, A.C., Kittle, A.M., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., Chanaka Kumara Anil Vithanage and Gyanada Acharya (2015) Human-Leopard Interaction and leopard Mortality in Sri La. Symposium on wild cats of South Asia past and present. November 2-3, 2015.
  • Kittle, A.M., Watson, A.C., Kumara, P.H.C., Sandanayake, S.D.K., Sanjeewani, H.K.N., and Fernando, T.S.P. (2014) ‘Diet, prey preference and habitat selection of the Sri Lankan leopard Panthera parduskotiya (Mammalia: Felidae) in the central highlands of Sri Lanka’. Journal of Threatened Taxa. August 2, 2014. DOI: 10.11609/JoTT.o3731.6214-21
  • Kittle, A.M., Anjali, C.W., Chanaka Kumara, P.H. and Sanjeewani, H.K.N. (2012) Status and distribution of the leopard in the central hills of Sri Lanka, Catnews 56 spring, pp 28-31
  • Sanjeewani, H.K.N. and Perera, M.S.J. (2009) A Preliminary study on avifaunal diversity in the Sabaragamuwa University premises, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. National symposium 2009, Sabaragamuwa University.
Awards
  • Recanati-Kaplan WildCRU Scholarship, 2017, Oxford University
  • Best podium presentation in Proceeding of the Rajarata International Research Conference, 2019, University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka
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