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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115824
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-30 16:07 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 19:06 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
Profile of the Expert
Professor Sudheera Ranwala has pioneered in academic achievements, research, publications and contribution to the national development. She is a recipient of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, Ministry of Environment and University of Colombo, and an author of peer reviewed and indexed international and national journal articles, conference proceedings, technical papers, book chapters, books and magazine articles. Sudheera has  also organized seminars, conferences, and workshops. She has served as a member of the National Environment Council of Sri Lanka,  National Working Committee on Biodiversity and Environment of the National Science Foundation and currently a member of the National Invasive Species Specialist Group (NISSG- Sri Lanka) and  National  Forestry Research  Committee. Sudheera is an aluminus (scholar and fellow) of Commonwealth  Commission of the United Kingdom,  a  Chartered and Fellow member of  the Institute of Biology Sri Lanka, and also a consultant Plant ecologist at national level.                
Personal Information
Coordinates
Prof. Sudheera Ranwala
Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, PO Box 1490
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)11 258 5038
Fax:+94 (0)11 258 5038
Email:ranwala@pts.cmb.ac.lk
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1965
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
University of Colombo
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science
Start date
2017
Main responsibilities
Teaching, research,  administration, dissemination of knowledge and contribution to national development
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Sri Lanka
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
The Vice Chancellor
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Teaching, research,  administration, dissemination of knowledge and contribution to  national development
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc.  special degree in Botany
Name of academic institution
University of Colombo
Start date
1992
Ending date
1996
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Plant Ecology
Name of academic institution
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Start date
1998
Ending date
2001
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Training in Science Journalism
Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology
Geographic Information Systems
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Risk communication
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Ecological and environmental sciences
  • Policy and regulatory expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Biology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Customs/border control
  • Plant protection/ quarantine
  • Biodiversity policy
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Ranwala S., Marambe B., Wijesundara S., Silva P., Weerakoon D., Atapattu N., Gunawardena J., Manawadu L. and Gamage G. (2012): Post-entry risk assessment of invasive alien flora in Sri Lanka - Present status, gap analysis and the most troublesome alien invaders. Pakistan Journal of Weed  Science Research 18: 863- 871
HOW Peiris, SSN Perera, S. Chakraverty and SMW Ranwala (2018).  Development of a mathematical model to evaluate the rate of aggregate risk of invasive alien plant species: Fuzzy risk assessment approach. International Journal  of Biomathematics, 11 (4),1850049 1-18
Sudheera Wadisinha Ranwala (2011). Invasive Alien Plants of Sri  Lanka- (in Sinhala ) published by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka ISBN: 978-955-590-090-4  
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
President's  Award for  Scientific Research Publications (2010)
University of Colombo Senate Award for Scientific Research Publications (2016)
Commonwealth Fellowship - Competitive Academic Award  tenable in UK, Commonwealth Commission, UK (2009)
Professional memberships
SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE  membership since 1994:
     i) COUNCIL MEMBER (2014)
    ii) SECTION  D (Life Sciences):   President 2014,  Vice President 2013,  Secretary 2008  
        Committee member-  2007, 2009, 2011, 2012                   
   iii) COMMITTEE FOR POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE- Member-  2012
   iv) COMMITTEE FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION Member- 2010
INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY (SRI LANKA)
    i) President - 2008/09 , Vice President - 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08 
   ii) Joint  Secretary- 2003/04 and 2004/05
Fellow member of  Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka  from 2013
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member of the Editorial Board of Taprobanica, the Journal of South Asian Biodiversity published by the Nature Conservation Society of Sri  Lanka  (2009-2014)
Member of the Editorial Board of  Journal of Tropical Forestry &   Environment Published by University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka (from 2012)
Member of the Editorial Board of  Journal of Sustainable Forestry published by  Taylor & Francis online (from 2015) 
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Pathmalatha Abeykoon
The Director
Biodiversity Secretariat
Ministry of Environment
Sobadam Piyasa",416/C/1, Robert Gunawardana Mawatha
Battaramulla,
Colombo, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 11 2034121
Fax:+94 11 2879944
Email:pathma66@gmail.com
Url:http://www.env.gov.lk
Dr. P.R.M.P Dilrukshi
Head
Science Popularization Division
National Science Foundation
47/5 Maitland Place, Colombo 00700
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)11 220 9509
Email:dilrukshi@nsf.gov.lk