SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. Sampath Bandara Wahala

Lecturer

wahala@mgt.sab.ac.lk

Office: +94-0452280296

Fax: +94-0452280296

Qualifications

  • PhD in Forestry,  University of Sri Jayewardenepura, SRI LANKA [2013]

[Thesis title: Determination of the biomass production and carbon sequestration capacity of wet zone forests in Sri Lanka]

  • M.Sc. in Forestry and Environmental Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, SRI LANKA [2004]
  • B. Sc. in Biology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, SRI LANKA [2000]

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Charted Member of the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka [IEPSL][from 2016]
  • Editor of the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka [from 2016]
  • Member of the Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka [IEPSL][from 2012]
  • Life Member of Institute of Biology [IOB, Sri Lanka] [from 2007]
  • Life Member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science [SLAAS -section D] [ from 2005]
  • Executive Committee Member of Lanka Responsible Care Council from 2012 [http://lankaresponsiblecare.org/]


Current Research Projects

Co- Incvestigator  of the research on "Quantification of the response of tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka to increased atmospheric temperature for prediction of the impact of future climate change on their carbon balance and biodiversity"  under the National Themetic Reasearch  Program - Climate Change & Natural Disasters of National Science Foundation [Grant No. NRTP/2017/CC&ND/TA-04/P-01/01]


Recent Publications

  • W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, Senadheera D.K. L. K, Daniela Lugoch (2014). Water Footprint Assessment of a tea product in Sri Lanka : A case study of black tea and selected tea flavors .(In) Proceedings part I of the Eighteenth International Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2014 held in MAS fabric park , Thulhiriya.
  • L. Ranaweera, U. Samaraweerchchi, W.M.P.S.B.Wahala, G. Adikari (2013), Pathological evidence revealed from human skeletal remains from Pllemalala in Sri Lanka. (In) The 7th World Archeological Congress, 2013, held in the Dead sea, Jordan.
  • W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, Edirisinghe L G L M, Peiris V R S, Kumarasena N W S (2012). Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) as a potential tool for greening the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka. .(In) Proceedings part I of the Seventeenth International Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2012 held in Ja Ela
  • Perera Priyan, Richard Vlosky and Sampath Wahala,(2011). “Motivational and Behavioral Profiling of Visitors to Forest-based Attractions in Sri Lanka”. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 2011.
  • D.K.L.K.Senadheera, C.Fernando and W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, (2011). Potential for Voluntary Carbon Market in Sri Lanka- Success story of Hiniduma Kanneliya BioLink project .(In) Proceedings part I of the Sixteenth International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2011 held in Golden Rose Hotel,Borelesgamuwa, 28th and 29th October 2011.
  • A.A.S.C. Ranaweera, D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, (2011). Comparative enumeration for dominant species in selected natural forests, north central province, Sri Lanka. .(In) Proceedings part I of the Sixteenth International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2011 held in Golden Rose Hotel,Borelesgamuwa, 28th and 29th October 2011.
  • U.Y.I.L. Dharmasoma, D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, (2010). Carbon Sequestration Potential of Replanted Rhizophora mucronata in Puttlam Lagoon, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. .(In) Proceedings part I of the Fifteenth International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2010 held in University of Sri Jayewardenepura 26th and 27th November 2010.
  • M.D.J.N. Wijesinghe, D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and W.M.P.S.B. Wahala, (2010). Comparative assessment of Soil Carbon storage under rehabilitated Rhizophora mucronata in Kalpitiya, Puttlam Lagoon ,Sri Lanka. .(In) Proceedings part I of the Fifteenth International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2010 held in University of Sri Jayewardenepura 26th and 27th November 2010.
  • A.Dissanayake , D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and Wahala W.M.P.S.B, (2009).An Estimation of Carbon Sequestration Potential of Selected Home gardens in Kandy and Mathale districts in Sri Lanka .(In) Proceedings part I of the Fourteenth International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2009 held in University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18th and 19th December 2009.
  • D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe, Ranasinghe M. and Wahala W.M.P.S.B (2008). Status of Waste Management in the Western Province of Sri Lanka – A Review (In) Proceedings of the Second International Symposium, 2008 held in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 8th – 12th July 2008. (Eds. Rohana P. Mahaliyanaarachchi, Mahinda S Rupasinghe, H. M. Bandara, Nirmalee Wickramarathne, M.Esham, A.L.T. Hewawasam, J. Prasanna Liyanage, J.K.C. Disanayake and H.K Salinda Premadasa). p. 63. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
  • Wahala W.M.P.S.B, Costa W.J.M.De and D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe (2006).An assessment of vegetation and canopy.(In) Proceedings part I of the Eleventh International  Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2006 held in Wadduwa 22- 23 December 2006. (Eds.Hiran Amarasekera, Prasanthi Gunawardene, Upul Subasinghe and Sobadini Kaluthota). pp.4 -5.Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • Wahala W.M.P.S.B, Costa W.J.M.De and D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe (2006). Current status of the forest canopy and its understorey light environment in selected areas of Sinharaja, Kanneliya and Knuckles Forest Reserves in Sri Lanka. (In) Proceedings of the Fiftieth International Conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems, 2006 held in Kandy 4 – 9 December 2006. organized by Sri Lanka National MAB committee and the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the International MAB secretariat, UNESCO.
  • Wahala W.M.P.S.B, Costa W.J.M.De, R.M.D.D.Rathnayeke and D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe (2006). Mitigating the impacts of climate change – Carbon sequestration capacity of selected natural forests in the humid zones of Sri Lanka (In) Proceedings of the Fiftieth International Conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems, 2006 held in Kandy 4 – 9 December 2006. organized by Sri Lanka National MAB committee and the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the International MAB secretariat, UNESCO.
  • Wahala W.M.P.S.B, D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and Costa W.J.M.De (2005).Determination of biomass production and carbon sequestration capacity of selected vegetation type in Yagirala Forest Reserve .(In) Proceedings  of the 61st Annual session of the Sri Lanka Association For the Advancement of Science, 2005 held in Colomb 12- 17 December 2005. (Ed. S.I. Amarasinghe ). p. 47. Sri Lanka Association For the Advancement of Science.
  • Wahala W.M.P.S.B and Pieng Huang (2005). *Foraging behavior of stingless bees – Trigono thorasica . (In) Proceedings part I of the Tenth Annual Forestry and Environment Symposium, 2005 held in Thulhiriya 2- 3 December 2005. (Eds. Hemanthi Ranasinghe, B M P S Singhakumara, H S Amarasekera, N J G J Bandara, S M C U P Subasinghe, U L  Kaluthota and W M P S B Wahala). p. 62. Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

                        * Research was carried out in Khao Chong  Wildlife Conservation Centre,  Thailand

  • D.M.S.H.K. Ranasinghe and Wahala W.M.P.S.B (2006). An Assessment of tsunami (In) Proceedings of the Fiftieth International Conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems, 2006 held in Kandy 4 – 9 December 2006. organized by Sri Lanka National MAB committee and the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the International MAB secretariat, UNESCO.
  • Devendra M. C., Amarasekera H. S. and Wahala W.M.P.S.B (1998). Distribution of invasive plant Ulex europeus in Horton Plains National Park (In) Proceedings part I of the Fourth Annual Forestry and Environment Symposium, 1998. Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.