Thilina de Silva

Thilina de Silva

Graduate Student
785.864.2316
Dyche Hall

Thilina is a doctoral student advised by Town Peterson.  He is interested in museum and genomics approaches to understanding the basis of avian diversity, evolution, and behavior.  In particular he studies bird guilds as ecological indicators and investigates mechanisms for slowing and preventing the loss of biodiversity in Sri Lankan ecosystems.

Publications: 

De Silva, K. T. N., Fernando, B. S. W., and Ranawana, K. B. (2012). Recovery of avifaunal communities’ along-side tropical forest regeneration: A comparison of bird species composition and abundance between a mature semi ever-green forest and an adjoining regenerating forest. Conservation Sri Lanka 2012, Proceedings of the symposium, The Institute of Biology Sri Lanka and Biodiversity secretariat, Sausiripaya, Wijerama Road, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, pp.22

De Silva, K. T. N., Fernando, B. S. W., Ranawana K. B., Karunaratne K. M. P., (2011). Recovery of bird feeding guilds during tropical forest regeneration. 16th International Forestry and Environment Symposium Proceedings; Forests for social transformation 2011, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 28-29 October, pp.37-38

De Silva, K. T. N., Fernando, B. S. W., Aluthwattha, (2011). Impact of invasive Lantana camara on the diversity and composition of birds in Upper Hantana region, Sri Lanka. 16th International Forestry and Environment Symposium Proceedings; Forests for social transformation 2011, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 28-29 October, pp.81

De Silva, K. T. N., Fernando, B. S. W., Ranawana K. B., (2011) Recovery of avifaunal community along-side tropical forest regeneration: A comparison of Bird Species composition and abundance between a mature semi ever-green forest and an adjoining regenerating forest. Student Conference on Conservation Science 14-16 September 2011, JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

De Silva, K. T. N., Ranawana, K. B., (2010). Comparison of Species Composition of Birds in a Natural Forest and a Regenerating Forest: Towards using Birds as Indicators of Forest Ecosystem Health. 15th International Forestry and Environment Symposium Proceedings; Developments in Forestry & Environmental Sciences in 2010, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 26-27 November, pp.34

Education: 

BS in zoology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka