About Us

Tropical Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is a registered nonprofit organization, committed to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection in Sri Lanka, through facilitating research, education, conservation and sustainable development.

We started with three founder members in 2010 and have grown into a dynamic family over the years. We engage in networking for problem solving and delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.


The organization offers a challenging working environment for those who are ready to participate in protecting nature for generations to come. We engage individuals with unique backgrounds, qualifications and/or experience to blend together their knowledge in fulfilling chosen missions.


TERN provides ideal opportunities for students and young professionals to gain experience. We welcome community members to engage and solve environmental issues at the grassroots levels, where mobilizing community based conservation programs would bring sustainable economic benefits to stake holders.

TERN Family

The TERN family members harbor a common passion and interest in conservation, research and outreach.

We have two strata of members; the core membership of administrators and permanent members includes academics and practitioners in related disciplines including Biodiversity Conservation, Information Technology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Geography and related fields.


The peripheral members are both local and foreign scientists, professionals, practitioners, students and community members, who have built links with TERN through various projects.


 

Dr.Enoka P Kudavidanage

Founder

Enoka Kudavidanage is an academic with a PhD in Conservation Biology from the National University of Singapore. She has years of research and teaching experience in Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Protected Area Management, Human-Wildlife conflict, Entomolgy, Toxicology, Environmental Impact Assessment and related fields. Over the years, she has worked as an educator, environmental journalist and scientist in community based conservation projects. TERN is a product of her global networking and long-term involvement in bridging the gap between scientists, practitioners and the public.

 

Thakshila Ravindra Amarasinghe

Founder

Ravindra Amarasinghe is a certified software engineer (MCSE) in Electronics and Computer Hardware Engineering. He has over 30 years of professional experience and extensive training in Customer Care, Management, Personal Development, Business Psychology, Team-building and Biodiversity Informatics. His years of involvement in conservation activities are purely self-driven.

 

Shamodi Nanayakkara

Coordinator

Shamodi is a graduate in both Natural and Human Resource Management and a postgraduate candidate in Protected Area Management. Her interest is in Biodiversity Conservation,Protected Area Management, Environmental Sciences and community based conservation. She joined TERN to apply her knowledge to sustainable use of natural resources at the grassroot level.

 

Dr.Sampath Wahala

Core Member

SampathWahala has a PhD in Forestry with a long history of research, teaching and involvement in community based projects. His areas of expertise include Ecology, Environmental Management Auditing systems, Life Cycle Assessment, Ecological footprint, Product Carbon Footprint, Forestry and Forest Carbon Sequestration and Cleaner Production.

 

Purnima Dehiwala

Core Member

Purnima has a BA honors in Geography and MSc in Environmental sciences. Her areas of expertise include Geography, tropical wetland conservation and socio- economic impacts of aquatic habitats including vector bone diseases.

 

Kasun Loshana Wickramasingha

Core Member

Kasun is a graduate in Computing Information Systems. He is a self-taught Naturalist and Photographer interested in using technology for effective knowledge sharing in conservation and community development.

 

Dr. Finbarr Horgan

Core Member

Dr. Finbarr Horgan is an ecologist-entomologist whose research focuses on reducing rice crop vulnerability to herbivorous insects through improved management of resistant and tolerant varieties, and by increasing rice-crop diversity.