Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Karunarathne, M.S.M.L. (Mr.)

Senior Lecturer

Department of Geography
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: Mobile:+94 718345238
Office: +94 412222681/ Ext.3301

Email: mlankanath@gmail.com , msmanjula@geo.ruh.ac.lk

Biography:

Manjula Karunarathne is a lecturer attached to the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA Hons. in Geography) in 2008. During his undergraduate career, he has completed two Diploma courses and other certificate courses on ‘Environment Conservation’ and ‘Wildlife Conservation and Management’. Later he completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) at the University of Agder, Norway and an MSSc degree at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is interested in developing innovative methods for harmonizing anthropogenic activities with the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. He raises his voice as an environmental activist.

Qualifications:

  • MSSc (Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)
  • MSc (Agder, Norway)
  • BA (Ruhuna, Sri Lanka)
Links to relevant web pages:

Geography the way of life

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Life member of Royal Asiatic Society in Sri Lanka (RASS), since 2016

  • Life member of Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL), since 2017

  • Life member of Sri Lanka Association of Geographers (SLAG), since 2017

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Conservation Geography, Biogeography, Conservation Biogeography, Community Forestry, Ecotourism, Research Methods in Conservation

Research Areas:

Conservation policies, Biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem services, Forest products and services, Tropical ecology, Integral ecology, Traditional knowledge, Politics of conservation

Publications:


Major publications

  • Karunarathne, M. (2017). Kandyan Forest Garden for Sustainable Development: a case study of Sri Lanka. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken. ISBN 978-620-2-01210-2.

  • Karunarathne, M. (2013). Forest conservation and management experiences of Sri Lanka: special reference with establishing forest buffer zone as a community forest management approach. Author publication: Ratnapura. ISBN 978-955-44221-1-7

  • Karunarathne, M. (2013). People and plants: an ethno botanical study of plant usage of Sri Lanka. Green Creation Publication: Colombo. ISBN 978-955-44221-0-0.

  • Karunarathne, M. and Hewage, D. (2013). Nilwala river and human – crocodile conflict. Green Creation Publications: Colombo. ISBN 978-955-44605-0-8.


Journal publications

  • Karunarathne, M. and Abeyratne, U. (2017). The ethnic war and women's perception of ethnic others and changing roles of women: a case study of a culturally and ethnically linked traditional village in Anuradhapura district, North Central province, Sri Lanka, The Journal of Post War Peace Building and Development in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna, 15-39.

  • Karunarathne, M., Abeyratne, U., Pushpananda, W., Bandara, D. and Hewage, D. (2017). Disparities in utilization of natural resources for development of post war society: with reference to freshwater springs in "KUNCHUTTU" region, North Central province, Sri Lanka, The Journal of Post War Peace Building and Development in Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna, 174-215.


Conference publications

  • Karunarathne, M. and Hewage, D. (2009). Agricultural land use patterns changes and its effects near the tropical rain forests (A case study in Deni cultivation of Dediyagala forest in Sri Lanka), National Geography Conference, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M. (2010). Pinus verses people: a contemporary study of selected wet zone forests. Academic Session 2010, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M. (2010). Establishment of buffer zones for tropical rain forest conservation (a case study on north-western hillside of the Sripada Forest) Academic Session 2010, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M. (2010). The effect of crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) on the human community in the lower Nilwala river valley, 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M. (2010). Study of traditional non timber forest utilization patterns in Dediyagala rain forest in Sri Lanka, National Geography Conference, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M. and Ratnayake, R. (2012). Ecotourism potentials for community development: a case of north-west entrance in Sinharaja forest in Sri Lanka, Fifth National Geography Conference, University of Kelaniya, Dalugama, Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M., Kumara H.I.G.C., Wawwage, S. and Yapa, L.G.D.S. (2017). Bottom up development and issues of biopiracy (a case study on community-based forest management in the Nilgala forest reservation, Sri Lanka). 3rd International Conference of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna (RUICHSS), Sri Lanka.

  • Karunarathne, M., Yapa, L.G.D.S., Kumara, H.I.G.C. and Sumanapala, M.R.N.S. (2017). A comparative study on contribution of home gardens for food security in Sri Lanka. 3rd International Conference of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna (RUICHSS), Sri Lanka.