SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. SANDUN Perera

Senior Lecturer


PhD in Environemntal Sciences (Biogeography), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2013).

MSc in Biodiversity and Integrated Environmental Management. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (2007).

BSc in Applied Sciences (Natural Resources). Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (2000).


Sandun J. Perera is a naturalist and a field biologist from Sri Lanka, with a particular interest on Biogeography, Biodiversity and Conservation Science. He posses field research experience in biodiversity, biogeography, ecology and conservation, especially in inventorying biodiversity around Sri Lanka and in South Africa, professional experience in biodiversity conservation and management at IUCN, Sri Lanka and teaching experience on biogeography, biodiversity and conservation science at the Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Research Interests


Biodiversity and Conservation Science

Environmental Science

Natural (Biological) Resource Management

Recent Publications

Full papers published in indexed journals (since 2010)

  • Perera, S.J., Procheş, Ş., Ratnayake-Perera, D. & Ramdhani, S. (2018). Vertebrate endemism in south-eastern Africa numerically redefines
    a biodiversity hotspot. Zootaxa, 4382(1): 56-92.
  • Procheş, Ş., Ramdhani, S., Perera, S.J., Ali, J.R. & Gairola, S. (2015). Global hotspots in the present-day distribution of ancient animal and plant lineages. Scientific Reports, 5, 15457.
  • Perera, S.J., Ratnayake-Perera, D. & Procheş, Ş. (2011). Vertebrate distributions indicate a greater Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany region of endemism. South African Journal of Science, 107: 49-63.


Full papers published in non-indexed, refereed journals (since 2010)

  • Priyadarshana, T.S. and Perera, S.J. (2015). Adenomus kelaartii (kelaart’s dwarf toad). Predation. In Natural History Notes: Anura-Frogs. Herpetological Review 46: 611.
  • Perera, S.J. and Kotagama, S.W. (2013). A descriptive ethogram for the behaviour of black robin (Saxicoloides fulicata leucopterus) in a semi developed, intermediate zone habitat of Sri Lanka. Siyoth 3(1), 49-57.
  • Clark, V.R., Perera, S.J., Stiller, M., Stirton, C.H., Weston, P., Stoev, P., Coombs, G., Morris, D.B., Ratnayake-Perera, D., Barker, N.P. and MacGregor, G.K. (2012). A rapid multi-disciplinary biodiversity assessment of the Kamdebooberge (Sneeuberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa): implications for conservation. SpringerPlus 1:56.


Full papers published in conference proceedings (since 2010)

  • Wickramanayake, W.M.W.A.B., Perera, S.J., Hapuarachchi, H.A.C.S., and Wickramasinghe, H.R. (2016). The effect of relaxation and concentration on the performance of archers in Sri Lanka Army. In: Proceedings in Medical, Allied Health, Basic and Applied Sciences of the 9th International Research Conference of Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka. 8 & 9 September 2016. Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. pp. 66-72.


Published abstracts (since 2010)

  • Perera, S.J. & Kotagama, S.W. (2017). Twenty years of avifaunal research in the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka: main areas of research and the taxonomic and geographic coverage. In: 40 years of Bird Research: FOGSL Symposium. 25 - 26 March 2017, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Print.
  • Piyathara, H.R. Perera, S.J., Welikanna, D.R., Perera, S.N. & Sammani, M. (2017). Aerial image based quantification of the grassland encroachment by Rhododendron arboreum within the Horton Plains National Park. In: The 38th Asian Conference of Remote Sensing. 23-27 October 2017. New Delhi, India. Abs. ID: 334. (available online at
  • Tharanga, N.A.P., Perera, S.J., Kudavidanage, E.P., & Kotagama, S.W. (2017). A preliminary study on the activity patterns of Sri Lanka whistling thrush within and around the Arrenga pool of the Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. In: 40 years of Bird Research: FOGSL Symposium. 25 - 26 March 2017, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Print.
  • Fernando, A.G.K. & Perera, S.J. (2017). An assessment of the avifaunal diversity in Hapugastenne Estate of Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. In: Third Undergraduate Research Symposium on Zoology & Environmental Managaement, 1 March 2017. University of Kelaniya. Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In Print.
  • Perera, S.J. (2016). The Grey Slender Loris Loris lydekkerianus Cabrera, 1908 in Sri Lanka: Where to from here? In: Fifth Asian Primate Symposium. 18 - 20 October 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 26.
  • Perera, W.M.K., Perera, S.J., De Silva Weliange, A.A.S.H., Wickramaratne, M.N., and Senanayake, W.D.W. (2016). Physical activity patterns among persons with diabetes attending the National Diabetes Centre, Sri Lanka. In: Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2016. 4 & 5 November 2016, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Health Sciences paper no. 57.
  • Fernando, A.G.K. and Perera, S.J. (2016). Preliminary Study on the Avifauna of Hapugastenne Estate, Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka. In: Sixth Annual Research Session, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 15 December 2016. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. p. 11.
  • Perera, S.J., Ramdhani, S., Procheş, Ş., and Ratnayake-Perera, D. (2015). New biogeographic insights for partitioning of Sri Lanka: a preliminary attempt of a numerical regionalization. In: National Symposium on Biogeography and Biodiversity Conservation in Sri Lanka in a Changing Climate. 12 & 13 November 2015, National Science Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka. p. 10.
  • Perera, S.J., Procheş, Ş, Ramdhani, S, Herbert, D.G., and Ratnayake-Perera, D. (2014). Time to revisit biodiversity hotspots biogeographically: a case from south-eastern Africa. In: Fourth Annual Research Session, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 17 December 2014. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. p. 9.
  • Perera, S.J., Procheş, Ş, Ramdhani, S, Herbert, D.G., and Ratnayake-Perera, D. (2013). “Hottest spots” of animal endemism in and around the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany biodiversity hotspot. In: BioDiversity Southern Africa 2013 Conference, 2-6 December 2013. University of CapeTown. CapeTown, South Africa.
  • Perera, S.J., Herbert, D.G. and Procheş, Ş. (2013). A biodiversity hotspot hot for land snails too: the case of Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany. In: World Congress of Malacology 2013. 21 - 28 July 2013, University of Azores, Ponta-Delgada, Azores (Portugal). In: World Congress of Malacology. Açoreana Suplemento 8: 128.
  • Perera, S.J. (2013). “Hottest spots” in a hotspot: patterns of animal endemism in and around the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany biodiversity hotspot. In: 14th  Student Conference on Conservation Science. 19 ‐ 21 March 2013, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
  • Perera, S.J., Ratnayake-Perera, D. and Procheş, Ş. (2011). A greater Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany region of vertebrate endemism. In: IXth Conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biologists. 19 – 21 January 2011, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. In: Conference Abstracts: South African Association of Botanists – Annual Meeting 2011. South African Journal of Botany 77: 550-551. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2011.03.003
  • Perera, S.J. (2010). A preliminary assessment on areas of vertebrate endemism in south-east Africa. Faculty of Science and Agriculture Postgraduate Research Day, University of KwaZulu-Natal. 23 September 2010, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. p. J9.
  • Ramdhani, S. Perera, S. J. and Proches, S. (2010). Introducing a Quarter Degree Grid System for Sri Lanka as a Biogeographical Tool. In: Third International Symposium of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 26 – 28 August 2010, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. p. 10.


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