The Plant and Environmental Sciences group is conducting research related to the plant sciences and the environment. Our Major Focus is on Forest Ecology and Environmental Remediation. Forest Ecology is looking at a relict pristine wet zone forest as well as the dry forests in Sri Lanka. We also have an Arboretum in Dambulla, which is a model for forest restoration. We are also studying the ecology of serpentine sites in Sri Lanka to understand the accumulation of heavy metals in plant species in this unique habitat. The Environmental Remediation project is exploring the role of plants in phytoremediation as well as plant-based biosorbents to bioremediate heavy metals and textile dyes from the aquatic environment. Under Other Research we are conducting studies on the Impact of climate change – looking at historical trends in the local climate using baseline data and controlling the spread of dengue in Sri Lanka. The latter is part of a mega project implemented nationally. Besides looking at the socio-economic associations with the spread of the disease a small aquatic organism called copepods are being investigated as potential predators of the mosquito larvae.
Research Assistants registered for Mphil Degree
Mrs. R.S.M. Perera
Mr. D.M.R.E.A. Dissanayake
Ms. H.G.M.K. Karunaratne
Mr. R.B. Hapukotuwa