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D.M.S. Sameera Karunarathna

  • Field Biologist
  • Nature Explorations & Education Team
  • 4PublicationsNumber of items in D.M.S. Sameera's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 8Followers

Research interests

Ecology of the Amphibians and Reptiles


I have studied wildlife conservation and management in Sri Lanka for over 12 years under various academic and other institutions. During this time, I was able to gain experience with few government and non-governmental organizations related to the environmental and wildlife sectors. I also volunteered in numerous educational and awareness programs related to the conservation of the biodiversity in Sri Lanka designed for the general public, university students, local government agencies and as well as non-governmental organizations. In addition, I conducted research into ecology, biology, behaviour and taxonomy of threatened and endemic fauna in Sri Lanka, which provides vital information for nature conservation and policy planning with several publications on my name. My research interests are especially on herpetology and conservation of threatened species, and I am privileged to be a member of few Specialist groups in the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN.

Followers (8)

  • shruti sengupta

    shruti senguptaWildlife Institute of India

  • Sneha Dharwadkar

    Sneha DharwadkarTurtle Survival Alliance- India Turtle Conservation Program (ITCP)

  • Cecilia Lascano

    Cecilia LascanoUniversidad Nacional del Comahue, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias

  • Deepak Veerappan

    Deepak Veerappan

  • Craig Hassapakis

    Craig HassapakisAmphibian and Reptile Conservation

  • Dinal Samarasinghe

    Dinal Samarasinghe

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Publications (4)

  • Amarasinghe, A.A.T. and D.M.S.S. Karunarathna (2008). Observation on the Oviposition behaviour of the Crest-less Lizard Calotes liocephalus (Reptilia: Agamida) in the Knuckles forest region of Sri Lanka. Asiatic Herpetological Research, 11: 13-16.

  • Karunarathna, D.M.S.S. and A.A.T. Amarasinghe (2007). Observations on the breeding behaviour of Philautus regius Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005 (Amphibia: Ranidae: Rhacophorinae) in Nilgala, Monaragala district in Sri Lanka. Russian Journal of

  • Karunarathna, D.M.S.S. and A.A.T. Amarasinghe (2008). Notes on the territorial behaviour of Otocryptis wiegmanni Wagler, 1830 (Reptilia: Agamidae: Draconinae). Herpetotropicos, 4(2): 79-83.

  • Karunarathna, D.M.S.S., U.T.I. Abeywardena, M.D.C. Asela and L.D.C.B. Kekulandala (2008). A preliminary survey of the Amphibian fauna in Nilgala Forest area and its vicinity, Monaragala District in Sri Lanka. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 3(2):


Professional experience

Field Biologist

Nature Explorations & Education Team

January 2010 - Present


Young Zoologists’ Association of Sri Lanka

January 2004 - Present

Country Assistant

Born Free Foundation (UK), Country Office

July 2012 - June 2013(a year)

Fauna Ecologist

IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office

January 2008 - December 2009(2 years)

Assistant Red List Compiler

IUCN Sri Lanka Country Office

August 2004 - December 2007(3 years)

Education history

Diploma in Palaeo-biodiversity

Post-graduate Institute of Archeology, University of Kelaniya

August 2012 - October 2013(a year)

Diploma in Biodiversity Management

Department of Plants Science, The University of Colombo

June 2008 - October 2009(a year)

Diploma in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management

Center for Nature Studies, Dehiwala

February 2003 - February 2004(a year)

Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Department of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka

April 2002 - October 2003(2 years)