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  • CURRICULUM VITAE- PROF. J.P. EDIRISINGHE

    Jayanthi Priyankara Edirisinghe (nee Witanachchchi)

    B.Sc. (Zoology) University of Colombo, Ph.D (Adelaide)

    (FBIOSL), (FNASSL), FRES

    Professor of Applied Zoology

    Official Address: Dept. of Zoology, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya Tel.+94 81 2394472

    Home Address: No.129/2A, Kurunduwatta Road, Angunawala, Peradeniy. Tel. +94 81 2388153

    E-mail: jpediri@pdn.ac.lk , jpediri48@gmail.com

    Date of Birth: 23 rd

    November 1948

    Marital Status: Married No. of children: One

    EDUCATION

    1972 B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology - University Ceylon, Colombo

    1980 Ph.D. (Entomology), University of Adelaide, Australia

    Ph.D. Thesis- Behaviour of Ips grandicollis (Eichoff) (Coleoptera:Scolytidae), the pine bark beetle.

    POSTS HELD

    2014- to date: Emeritus Professor

    2011 – 21014: Senior Professor

    2007 – 2010: Head - Department of Zoology, University of Peradeniya

    2001 - 2014: Professor of Applied Zoology - Dept of Zoology, University of Peradeniya

    2000- 2001: Post Doctoral Fellow- Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA

    1996-2001: Associate Professor Dept of Zoology, University of Peradeniya

    1994 – 1995: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Birkbeck College

    University of London, U.K.

    mailto:jpediri@pdn.ac.lk

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    1985 – 1996: Senior Lecturer Grade I- Dept of Zoology, University of Peradeniya

    1984 – 1985: Senior Lecturer Grade II- Dept of Zoology, University of Peradeniya

    1980 – 1984: Lecturer - Dept of Zoology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura

    1976 – 1980: Colombo Plan Scholar – for Postgraduate studies- Dept. of Entomology, WAITE

    Institute, University of Adelaide, Australia

    1974 – 1980: Assistant Lecturer /Lecturer - Dept of Zoology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura

    1973 – 1974: Assistant in Zoology- Dept. of National Museums, Colombo

    1972 –1973: Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Zoology, University of Colombo

    ORATIONS & GUEST LECTURES

    Jaffna Science Association/Section A- Popular Lecture Series – 1 st Talk in the Series- ‗Discovering

    Sri Lankan Bees‘ – (21 st April 2011)

    Kandy Society of Medicine – Plenary Guest Lecture – Bees of Sri Lanka – (16 th

    February 2008)

    Nature Club of Kandy-Guest Lecture- The Fascinating World of Insects (15 th

    June 2001)

    Institute of Fundamental Science (IFS) Guest Lecture-Trends in biological control using insects

    (4 th

    November 1987)

    Institute of Biology -Guest Lecture- Curbing cockroaches with their parasites (28 th

    Novm.1986)

    NATIONAL AWARDS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

     Presidential Award for Research 2003

     Presidential Award for Research 2004

     National Science Foundation Merit Award for Scientific Excellence 2006

     Presidential Awards 2010

     NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications 2012

    SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

     National Science Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship for Senior Scientist (2011-2012)

     Hays- Fulbright Senior Post Doctoral Fellow, USA (2001)

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     Royal Entomological Society, Inter Country Fellowship, U.K. (1992)

     Commonwealth Fellowship for Technical Cooperation, U.K. (1984 )

     Colombo Plan Scholarship, Australia. (1976-1980)

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Major Teaching Areas: (Undergraduate Level) -B.Sc. Degree (General and Special)

     Animal Form and Function

     Animal Diversity

     Invertebrate Biology

     Vertebrate Biology

     Entomology: Insect Morphology, Taxonomy and Biology

     Insect Pests and their management

     Animal Physiology

     Filed Sampling, Systematics and Basic Statistics

     Scientific Writing and Presentation

    Major Teaching Areas: (Postgraduate level)

    M. Sc. Course in Environmental Science (PGIS) - Sections on Entomology, Methods of control of

    major crop Pests, Non –Chemical Methods, Biological Control, Impact of Agriculture on the

    Environment, Agricultural Ecosystem

    M.Sc. Course in Science Education (PGIS) – Sections on Animal Physiology, Animal Diversity,

    Pest Management

    MAJOR RESEARCH AREAS

     Biological control of house- hold cockroaches using parasitoids

     Biology and parasitods of the Egg plant shoot and pod borer, Leucinodes orbonalis

     Taxonomy and ecology of aphids and their natural enemies.

     Rice field insects and bioidiversity

     Biology of the mahogany shoot borer, Hypsipyla robusta and the role of shade in its control

     Taxonomy of bees & their floral relationships

     Taxonomy and ecology of Thrips and their host plants

     Taxonomy and ecology of forest termites

    POST OF VISITING LECTURER AND EXTERNAL EXAMINER

    Examiner –Efficiency Bar Examination in Entomology–Department of National Museums,

    Colombo

    (July 2009)

    http://chittkalab.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/Chittka.html#tee

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    Visiting Lecturer – University of Colombo, Dept. of Zoology - Course on Entomology- Academic

    Year 2005

    External Examiner – in Entomology -University of Colombo, Dept. of Zoology (2002/2003)

    External Examiner- M. Phil. Degree – Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA)

    External Examiner- Ph.D., M. Phil. & M. Sc. Degrees – Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIs)

    RESEARCH GRANTS

    1. NSF (2010- 2012) Grant No. NSF/Fellow/2010/02

    Taxonomy and Diversity of Termites in the Knuckles Forest. ALLOCATION RS. 921,700.00

    2. NSF (2005- 2008) Grant No. RG/ 2005EB/05

    Identification, Diversity and Host plant relationships of Thrips. ALLOCATION RS. 921,700.00

    3. NSF (2006-2007) Grant No. RG/ 2005/EB/06

    Establishment of an Online Database on Insect specimens in the ISDF Collection in the Department

    of Zoology, University of Peradeniya. ALLOCATION RS. 165,000.00

    4. NSF (2001- 2003) Grant No. RG/ 2001/B/02

    Taxonomy and ecology of bee pollinators of Sri Lanka. ALLOCATION RS 675,000.00

    5. NSF (1998-2000) Grant No. RG/B/98/B/2

    University of Edinburgh, U.K. (Local supervisor)

    Biology and control of Hypsipyla robusta the Mahogany shoot borer.

    Ms. R . Maharoof (Now Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences, South Carolina

    State University, USA)

    Solitary bee pollinators of vegetable crops. ALLOCATION RS 625,871.00

    5a ODA (1997-2000) Grant No. FRP R6055

    TOTAL ALLOCATION GSP (Sterling pounds)-16,450.00

    .

    6. PGIS (1997) Grant No. PGIS/RG/7/97

    Pollinators of Vegetable Crops TOTAL ALLOCATION

    7. NARESA Grant (1995-1998) Grant No. RG/95/B/4

    Biodiversity in a Paddy Field Ecosystem. ALLOCATION RS 671,887.29

    8. NARESA (1993-1996) -Grant No. RG/B/92/5

    Survey of Aphids, their Host Plants and their Natural Enemies. ALLOCATION RS 258,500.00

    9. University Research Grant (1992-1993) – Grant No. RG/96/45/S

    Survey of Thrips of the University Park. TOTAL ALLOCATION

    10. University Research Grant (1992-1993) Grant No. RG/92/S/

    Survey of Graminaceous Aphids of the Peradeniya University Park. ALLOCATION

    http://chittkalab.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/Chittka.html#reg

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    11. University Research Grant (1990) Grant No. RG/45/C90/S

    Taxonomy & Ecology of Aphids of the Peradeniya University Park. ALLOCATION Rs. 9 ,600.00

    12. University Research Grant (1987-1989) Grant No. RG/47/C89/S

    Taxonomy & Ecology of Aphids of the Peradeniya University Park.

    ALLOCATION Rs.11, 100.00

    13. NARESA (1984 – 1986) Grant No.RG/84/B/5

    Studies on the Field Release of the Parasitoids Evania appendigaster and Tetrastichus hagenowii

    for the control of Peripalneta americana .ALLOCATION Rs. 114,405.00

    14. NARESA (1983 – 1985) Grant No.RGB/83/15

    Biology and Control of the Brinjal Pod Borer Leucinodes orbonalis

    ALLOCATION Rs. 104,949.00

    15. NARESA (1982-1983) Grant No.RGB/82/14

    Preliminary Studies on the Brinjal Pod Borer and its Parasitoids ALLOCATION Rs. 8,450.00

    16. NARESA (1981-1984) Grant No. RGB/80/7

    Biology and Behaviour of Evania appendigaster, an Oothecal Parasite of Periplaneta americana

    ALLOCATION Rs. 79,870.00

    Foreign Grants

    17. DFID (ODA) (1996-1999) Grant No. ODA FRP R 6055

    Mahogany Shoot Borer: Effects of Parasitism and Shade on Damage

    ALLOCATION (Sterling) 17,915,00

    POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SUPERVISION & STUDENTS

    1. Ph.D. Degree (2009 - to date) University of Peardeniya

    Ecological diversity and species composition of termites in three forest sites in the Kandy district

    with emphasisi on the Knuckles Forest. Ms. I.I. Hemachandra

    2. M. Phil. Degree (2009- to