This is a content holder for the one button emergency notification system.

Dr. Thilina Surasinghe, Associate Professor in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology

Biodiversity Conservation, Geckos and More

My research largely revolves around global biodiversity conservation, and it spans both the United States and Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, my research includes describing new species. With my collaborative team that represents several academic and research institutes, I have taken part in describing nearly 10 new species of geckos endemic to Sri Lanka. Most of these new species’ descriptions are published in accredited international peer- reviewed journals.

In addition, focusing on wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka, we have published a number of research manuscripts on watershed-scale river conservation and management, forest conservation and quantifying forest-cover dynamics, as well as habitat use and conservation of freshwater turtles, snakes and bats.

In the United States, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Audubon Society and MIT’s Living Observatory, my research attempts to understand the biological responses to wetland restoration. My undergraduate research students have played a major part in such projects. I am also a collaborator with two more coordinated research networks: the National Ecological Observatory Network and the Urban Wildlife Information Network. Through these networks, I attempt to understand how biological communities vary at macro scale, continent wide.

Contact Us

Bridgewater Magazine keeps alumni, faculty, students and their families, staff, and friends of BSU informed about the university community and its impact on the region. This magazine is written, designed and edited by the Office of Creative Services and Publications with the needs of its varied audiences at heart and in mind.

For correspondence regarding Bridgewater Magazine, address all mail to:

Creative Services and Publications
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325

For older issues of Bridgewater Magazine, please visit Virtual Commons