Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya
“Frogs, Sex & Evolution“
Dr. Madhava Meegaskumbura, currently a senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya (Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology). He has worked with the climatically and ecologically sensitive frogs, and to a lesser extent, the freshwater fish and small mammals; but with his colleagues and students, he is probing deeper, using some of the latest analytical tools. Following a Ph.D. from Boston University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University Centre for the Environment, he has published more than 50 research papers while describing nearly 30 species and 5 genera of frogs and fish. He serves as the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) co-chairman for Sri Lanka. He has received the “Belamarich Award for the outstanding Ph.D. thesis“, a “Top Ten Species Award” and several “Presidential Awards for Scientific Research”.