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Professor Upali S. Amarasinghe

Senior Professor

Department of Zoology and Environmental Management

Faculty of Science
University of Kelaniya
Kelaniya 11600
Sri Lanka
Telephone: + 94 11 2914479, + 94 11 2903397
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My research in fisheries focuses on inland capture and aquaculture-based fisheries, community-based fisheries management, co-management, trophic evaluation in fish communities of reservoirs, streams and estuaries, and conservation of aquatic biodiversity.


I teach aquatic ecology, environmental conservation and management, fish population dynamics and stock assessment, management of capture fisheries and aquaculture-based fisheries, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. So far, I have trained twenty nine postgraduate students (05 Ph.D. degrees, 13 M.Phil. degrees and 14 M.Sc. degrees). At present, nine postgraduate students carry out research under my supervision.


I have been awarded a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), by the Bangor University in North Wales, UK in July 2010, for my life-long scientific contribution to fisheries biology and development of inland fisheries in Sri Lanka. I was also the winner of the Excellence Award of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors (CVCD) in 2008 and General Research Committee Award of Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science in 2009, for my lifetime achievement as the most outstanding scientist Sri Lanka in biological sciences.


Qualifications

  • B. Sc. (Special) degree in Zoology - Second Class (Lower Division); University of  Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (1978).

  • M. Sc. (Fisheries Biology and Management); University of Wales, U.K. (1984).

  • Ph. D. University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 22 January 1991.

  • D.Sc. Bangor University, UK (July 2010)

Collaborative Research Projects

 

1. Trophic evaluation in Asian lakes and reservoirs (1998-2003)

This project was aimed at forming strategies for partitioning the productivity of Asian reservoirs and lakes between capture fisheries and aquaculture for social benefit and local market without negative environmental impact. Collaborative institutions were Royal Holloway University of London in the UK, University of Vienna in Austria and Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agromomique, Institut Nationale Polytechnique in France. This project was financed by the European Commission under the INCO-DC Programme.

2. Management of reservoir fisheries (1998-2006)

Under this project, empirical models were developed to predict fish yields in Sri Lankan reservoirs and to develop management strategies for enhance fisheries production in Sri Lankan and Australian lakes and reservoirs. Best practice approaches were also formulated for the development of aquaculture-based fisheries in village reservoirs of Sri Lanka. This research is carried out in collaboration with Deakin University, Australia. This project is financed by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).


Research Interests

  • Inland capture and aquaculture-based fisheries

  • Community-based fisheries management

  • Fisheries co-management

  • Trophic evaluation in fish communities of reservoirs, streams and estuaries

  • Conservation of aquatic biodiversity.

Selected recent research publications


  • Weliange, W.S., U.S. Amarasinghe and F. Schiemer 2008. Ecomorphological patterns of feeding in fish assemblages in three Sri Lankan reservoirs. In: Schiemer F., D. Simon, U.S. Amarasinghe, and J. Moreau (eds). Aquatic Ecosystem and Development: Comparative Asian Perspectives. Biology of Inland Waters, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. pp. 219-324.
  • Villanueva M.C., J. Moreau, U.S. Amarasinghe and F. Schiemer 2008. Foodweb and the trophic structure of two Asian reservoirs using ECOPATH with ECOSIM and ECOSPACE: A comparative study. In: Schiemer F., D. Simon, U.S. Amarasinghe, and J. Moreau (eds). Aquatic Ecosystem and Development: Comparative Asian Perspectives. Biology of Inland Waters, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. pp. 413-434.
  • Kularatne, M.G., U.S. Amarasinghe, P. Wattage and S.S. De Silva 2009. Evaluation of community participation for the development of culture-based fisheries in village reservoirs of Sri Lanka. Aquaculture Economics and Management 13: 22-38.
  • De Silva, S.S., T.T.T. Nguyen, G.M. Truchini, U.S. Amarasinghe and N.W. Abery 2009. Alien species in aquaculture and biodiversity: A paradox in food production. Ambio 38(1): 24-28.
  • Amarasinghe, U.S. and T.T.T. Nguyen 2009. Enhancing rural farmer income through fish production: Secondary use of water resources in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. In: S.S. De Silva and F.B. Davy (eds) Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture. pp. 103-130. Springer Science, Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-481-3085-6 (Print) ISBN 978-90-481-3087-0 (Online)
  • http://library.enaca.org/emerging_issues/success_stories/success-stories-asian-aquaculture.pdf
  • Amarasinghe, U.S. 2010. Inland fisheries resource enhancement and conservation in Sri Lanka. In: Inland Fisheries Resource Enhancement and Conservation in Asia (Miao Weimin, Sena De Silva and Brian Davy eds). pp. 113-132. FAO RAP Publication 2010/22, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.
  • Jutagate, T., B. Srichareondham, S. Lek, U.S. Amarasinghe and S.S. De Silva (2012) Variations, trends and patterns of fish landings in large tropical reservoirs. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 17: 35-53.
  • De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2006. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120. 96 p. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN 1 86320 457 1 (print), 1 86320 458 X (online). Downloadable from http://library.enaca.org/NACA-Publications/CBF_manual.pdf
  • Schiemer F., D. Simon, U.S. Amarasinghe and J. Moreau (eds) 2008. Aquatic Ecosystem and Development: Comparative Asian Perspectives. Biology of Inland Waters, Margraf Publishers and Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands (ISBN 978-3-8236-1530-9).
  • De Silva, S.S. and U.S. Amarasinghe (eds.). (2009) Status of reservoir fisheries in five Asian countries. NACA Monograph No. 2. Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. 116p.
  • http://library.enaca.org/inland/reservoirs08/status_reservoir_fisheries_asia.pdf

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BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS

 

1.Amarasinghe, U.S., W. Benthem and K. Jeanes (Editors), 1993. Site Report and the Conservation Management Plan for Minneriya Reservoir. Central Environmental Authority, Sri Lanka and Euroconsult, TheNetherlands.

2. De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2006. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120. 96 p. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN 1 86320 457 1 (print), 1 86320 458 X (online). Downloadable from http://library.enaca.org/NACA-Publications/CBF_manual.pdf

3. Schiemer F., D. Simon, U.S. Amarasinghe and J. Moreau (eds) 2008. Aquatic Ecosystem and Development: Comparative Asian Perspectives. Biology of Inland Waters, Margraf Publishers and Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, TheNetherlands (ISBN 978-3-8236-1530-9).

4. Wijeyaratne, M.J.S. and U.S.Amarasinghe 2008. Participatory Approaches to Reservoir Fisheries Management: Issues, Challenges and Policies. Proceedings of the international symposium held on 03-06 October 2004 in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, organized by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources,Colombo, Sri Lanka. 235 p. (ISBN 978-955-9044-61-1)

5. De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2008. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120a. 106 p. (Laotian translation) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN: 978 1 86320 558 0 (print) 978 1 86320 559 7 (online) Downloadable from http://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/MN120a

6. De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2008. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120b. 96 p. (Vietnamese translation) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN: 978 1 86320 558 0 (print) 978 1 86320 559 7 (online) Downloadable from http://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/MN120b

7.De Silva, S.S. and U.S. Amarasinghe (eds.). (2009) Status of reservoirfisheries in five Asian countries. NACA Monograph No. 2.Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Bangkok,Thailand. 116p.http://library.enaca.org/inland/reservoirs08/status_reservoir_fisheries_asia.pdf

8. De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2009. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120c. 117 p. (Tamil  translation) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN: 978 1 921531 71 2. Downloadable from http://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/MN120c

9. De Silva S. S., U. S. Amarasinghe and T.T.T. Nguyen (eds), 2009. Better-practice approaches for culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120d. 117 p. (Sinhala Translation) Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia. ISBN: 978 1 921531 73 6 (print) 978 1 921531 74 3 (online). Downloadable from http://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/MN120d

Fellowships, awards and distinctions


  1. Vice chancellor’s awards (six awards) for bringing honour to the university in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  2. GRC Award – 2009 for the most outstanding scientist in biological sciences awarded by Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science.
  3. Fellow of the National Academy of Science of Sri Lanka.
  4. Vice chancellor’s award for the most outstanding scientist in three consecutive years from 2007 to 2009 in University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  5. Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors (CVCD) excellence award 2008 for the most outstanding scientist in biological sciences.
  6. Presidential awards (5 awards) for research for authorships in papers published in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2014.
  7. Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000).
  8. Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize for the Young Scientist in the field of Biology for the year 1993 for my research on Fisheries Biology jointly awarded by TWAS and Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority (NARESA).

Membership in Professional Societies

  1. Founder member of the Asian Fisheries Society.
  2. Member of the Network of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries Professionals.
  3. Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.
  4. Founder Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
  5. Fellow and Chartered Biologist of the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka
  6. Founder life member of Sri Lanka Association of Animal Production.
  7. Fellow of the National Academy of Science of Sri Lanka


Memberships in editorial boards


  1. Member of the Editorial Board of Asian Fisheries Science, published by the Asian
  2. Fisheries Society, Malaysia.
  3. Editor-in-Chief of Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences
  4. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka
  5. Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  6. Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka
  7. Member of the Editorial Board of Taprobanica: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity

 
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