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Adjunct Instructor

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

B.S. in Zoology- University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Thesis: The Zoonotic importance of domestic rat (Rattus rattus) and pet animals in some selected sites in the western province of Sri Lanka.

M.S. in Biology ( Ecology and Wildlife Management) - University of Central Oklahoma

Thesis: Integrating Camera Trap Data and Occupancy Modeling to Estimate Seasonal Variations in Occurrence, Detection, and Activity Patterns of Mesocarnivores in Southcentral Oklahoma

Interests

I consider myself as a wildlife ecologist with overlapping interests in conservation, spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions, and parasitology. I have a broad research background focused on spatial ecology, wildlife conservation, parasitology, and endocrinology.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Publications

Amarasinghe LD and Premathilake EMDL, 2014, Parasites of Domestic Animals and Their Possible Zoonoses – A Study from Selected Sites of Western Province, Sri Lanka. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, April - 2014; Volume – 2(2):182-187pp.

Premathilake EMDL and Amarasinghe L D, 2011. Zoonotic importance of domestic rat (Rattus rattus) and pet animals in some selected sites of the Western province in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka 31: 47pp.

Manuscripts in review and preparation

Premathilake, E.M.D.L., and Jackson, V.L. Integrating spatial capture-recapture camera trap data to detect seasonal variations in site occupancy, and detectability of mesocarnivores in a prairie grassland in south-central Oklahoma.

Premathilake, E.M.D.L., and Jackson, V.L. Does intraguild avoidance occur in mesocarnivores? Temporal activity pattern analysis of mesocarnivores in southcentral Oklahoma.

Premathilake, E.M.D.L., Jackson, V.L., and Baird, T.A. Do white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) foraging behavior depends upon the type of habitat patch and predation risk? Behavior observations using camera-traps at south-central Oklahoma.

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