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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 30 Nov 2020
General Information
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.                
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Person:
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,
Website:
1965
  • Sri Lankan
Details of current employment
University of Colombo)
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Academic or research institute
Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science
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2017-01
Academic or research institute
Teaching, research, administration, dissemination of knowledge and contribution to national development
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Employment history
  • Sri Lanka
The Vice Chancellor)
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University of Colombo
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Academic or research institute
Teaching, research, administration, dissemination of knowledge and contribution to national development
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Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B.Sc. special degree in Botany
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University of Colombo
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1992-01
1996-01
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
Ph.D. in Plant Ecology
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University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
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1998-01
2001-01
B. Other professional qualifications
  • Training in Science Journalism
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology
  • Geographic Information Systems
Areas of expertise
  • Public awareness, education and participation, including access to information
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecological and environmental sciences
  • Policy and regulatory expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Environmental Biology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Customs/border control
  • Plant protection/ quarantine
  • Biodiversity policy
Publications
  • 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  
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
  • 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
  • Singhalese
Language Level
English excellent
Any other relevant information
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts
Birth Place
Sri Lanka
Relevant Awards

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)
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