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Lakshani Weerasekara

Country of origin: Sri Lanka Currently in: Sri Lanka, Kandy General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2023 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2016 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

Behavioral Ecology of monkeys of Sri Lanka Integrative Taxonomy of genus Acavus and Sri Lankan scorpions

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Wijesooriya, K., Weerasekara, L and Ranawana, K. 2022. Agamid lizard predation by Macaca sinica (Toque Macaque) in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Mammalia, 86(5), 463–467.
2. Poornima, A.M.N.S., Weerasekara, W.M.L.S., Vinobaba, M and Karunarathna, K.A.N.K. 2022. Community-level awareness and perspective towards human-monkey conflict in Polonnaruwa district, Sri Lanka. Primates. 63, 261–270. 00985-3
3. Weerasekara, L., Wijesooriya, K., Ranawana, K., Anupama, T and Rajapakse, J. 2021. Gastrointestinal parasites of endemic and endangered free-ranging purple-faced leaf monkey (Semnopithecus vetulus) in Sri Lanka: effect of host group size and habitat type. Primates, 62(4), 629–635.
4. Weerasekara, L.S., Wijesooriya, K.B., Ranawana, K.B and Vandercone, R.P. 2021. Survey of relative abundance of diurnal primates in the Giritale Nature Reserve, Sri Lanka. Asian Primates Journal, 9(1), 2–9.
5. Wijethilaka, S., Weerasekara, L.S., Bandara, S and Ranawana, K.B. 2021. Assessment of crop and property damage caused by Semnopithecus vetulus nestor (Bennett, 1833) (Mammalia: Primates: Cercopithecidae) in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 13(5), 18141–18147.
6. Wijesooriya, K.B., Weerasekara, L.S and Ranawana, K.B. 2020. Diversity of scorpions (Arachnida: Scorpiones) in Polonnaruwa Archaeological Reserve, Sri Lanka. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 12(15), 17121–17128.
7. Weerasekara, W.M.L.S and Ranawana, K.B. 2018. Effect of temperature on activity budgets of free-ranging dusky toque macaque troop (Macaca sinica aurifrons): a case study from Peradeniya University premises, Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Biological Sciences. 47(1), 69– 75.
8. Wijesooriya, W.M.K.B., Weerasekara, W.M.L.S., Raheem, D and Ranawana, K.B. Taxonomic review of the enigmatic Sri Lankan land-snail genus Acavus (Eupulmonata: Acavidea). 2023. 1st Molluscs of South Asia, 11th to 13th December 2023, Bengalore, India.
9. Weerasekara, W.M.L.S., Wijesooriya, W.M.K.B., Britto, C.S.A and Ranawana, K.B. Troop composition of free-ranging Toque macaque in dry and wet zones of Sri Lanka: reviewed by a multivariate method using R. 2022. International Conference on Applied and Pure Sciences (ICAPS 2022-Kelaniya), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
10. Weerasekara, W.M.L.S., Wijesooriya, W.M.K.B and Ranawana. Same-sex Sexual Behaviour (SBB) in free-ranging Toque macaques (Macaca sinica aurifrons) in the lower Hanthana region, Sri Lanka. 2022. Research Congress 28th –30th October 2022, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Lecturer (Probationary) in Zoology University of Peradeniya

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