植物生理生态学研究组 The Group for Plant Physiological Ecology

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Uromi M. Goodale

Postdoctoral Fellow                                                                           Phone: +86-691-8713046

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden,                     Fax: +86-691-8715070

Chinese Academy of Sciences               Email: ugoodale@xtbg.org.cn; Mengla, Menglun, Yunnan, China          uromi.goodale@gmail.com

 Skype: umg1820

Updated on 01.28.13

Education

Yale University                      Graduate School of Arts and Sciences                    Ph.D.           May 2009

Yale University                      School of Forestry and Environmental Studies         M.F.S.         May 2001

University of Colombo           Department of Botany , Faculty of Science               B.Sc.           August 1998

 

Professional Employment and Affiliations

2012-2014    Post Doctoral Fellow, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Mengla, Menglun, Yunnan, China.

2009-2012    Postdoctoral Fellow, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Program (IRACDA), University of California, San Diego

2009-            Associate Editor, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

2009-            Conservation and Food Security Advisor, Haitian Health Foundation, Jeremie, Haiti

2007-            Research Associate, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2006-2007    Research Assistant, Greeley Memorial Laboratory, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

2005-2008    Co-manager, Greeley Memorial Laboratory Green House, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

2004             Guest Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

2003-2008    Teaching Assistant, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

2003             Guest Lecturer University of Peradeniya, Post Graduate Institute of Science, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2002-2009    Assistant Editor, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

2000-2002    Editorial Assistant, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

1999-2000    Work Study Office Assistant to the Chief Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

1998-1999    Teaching Assistant, Department of Botany, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Fellowships

2012-2014    Post Doctoral Fellowship, XTBG, CAS

2009-2012    IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSD IRACDA Program/NIH ($135,000)

2001-2006    Graduate Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University ($110,000)

1999-2001    Maters Program Work Study Fellowship, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ($40,000)

Funding

2012-2014    Post Doctoral Fellowship, XTBG, CAS (RMB 100,000)

2010-2011    Research grant for mentoring undergraduate student research from the NSF sponsored Pre-MARC (Pre-Minority Access to Research Careers) Program at San Diego State University ($1,000)

2009-2010    Research grant, NIH sponsored IRACDA Program at University of California, San Diego ($5,000)

2010             Conference and Bridges STEM symposium Travel Grant, Graduate Women in Science, USA ($600)

2007             Physiological Section Workshop Travel Award, Botanical Society of America, USA ($600)

2006-2009    Summer Research Fellowship, G.P. Berlyn Research Fund, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ($16,000)

2003             Field Ecology Research Support Fellowship, Yale University, Institute for Biospheric Studies ($5,000)

2003             Symposia and Conference Travel Award, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation ($5,000)

2002             AAAS/NSF, Women in International Scientific Cooperation Research Award ($5,000)

2002             Graduate Research Fellowship, Tropical Resources Institute, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ($3,000)

2001             Author of the conference grant proposals that received funding from a) Yale Center for International and Area Studies, through the council on Southeast Asia Studies, b) the Dean’s Discretionary Fund and c) Tropical Resources Institute, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University awarded to the International Society of Tropical Foresters, Yale Chapter ($18,000)

2001             Masters Research Fellowship, Tropical Resources Institute, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ($1,600)

 

Awards and Recognition

2009             Award Certificate from the Botanical Society of America, for on-line mentoring through the Planting Science program

2009             Special letter of recognition from the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences deans for having a distinguished ranking from all three readers of the Ph.D. Dissertation Report

2008             Li-Cor Prize for best presentation for the physiological section, Botanical Society of America

2008             Selected for the celebration of Women in the Environment photography exhibition by the Yale Environmental Women Group, Yale University

2007        Best Student Presentation, Physiological Section, Botanical Society of America

2004        Teaching Appreciation Award, World University Service, Sri Lanka

2001             Appreciation Award for Science Fair Mentoring, Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, Connecticut

2001        Teaching Appreciation Award, World University Service, Sri Lanka

 

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Laurance, W.F., Useche, D.C., Rendeiro, J., Kalka, M., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Ansell, F., Laurance, S.G., Edwards, D.P., and ancillary co-authors including U. M. Goodale. 2012. Long-term ecological changes and threats in tropical protected areas. Nature. Advanced online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature11318

 

Goodale U. M., Berlyn G. P., Ashton, M. S., Gregoire T. G., Sinhakumara B. M. P. and K. U. Tennakoon. 2012. Disturbance and tropical pioneer species: patterns of association across life history stages. Forest Ecology and Management. 227: 54–66. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2012.04.020

 

Goodale, E., Goodale, U. M., and R. Mana. 2011. The role of toxic Pitohuis in mixed species flocks in lowland forests in Papua New Guinea. Emu – Austral Ornithology. 112: 9-16.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/MU11026.htm

 

Keleman, A., Goodale, U. M., and K. Dooley.  2010. Conservation and the Agricultural Frontier: Collapsing conceptual boundaries. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 29 (6-8): 1-20.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10549811.2010.485676

 

Goodale, E., Lalbhai, P., Goodale, U. M., and M. S. Ashton. 2009. The effect of shelterwood cuts and crown thinnings on the abundance and distribution of birds in a southern New England forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 314-322.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112709003004

 

Goodale, U. M., Berlyn, G. P., Gregoire, T. G., and M. S. Ashton. 2009. Ecological significance of crown functional traits across size classes and disturbance environments in eight pioneer species of a Sri Lankan rainforest. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 28 (1-2): 22-47.

 

Paulos, H. M., Berlyn, G. P., and U. M. Goodale. 2008. Physiological and structural mechanisms of niche differentiation for three sky island oaks in relation to light and temperature. Desert Plants. 24: 3-12.

 

Paulos, H. M., Goodale, U. M., and G. P. Berlyn. 2006. Drought response of two Mexican oak

species, Quercus laceyi and Quercus sideroxyla (Fagaceae), in relation to elevational position. American Journal of Botany. 94: 809-818.

 

Lanfer, A. G., Stern, M. J., Margoluis, C., and U. M. Goodale. 2003. A Synthesis of the March 2001 conference on the viability of transboundary protected areas at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 17: 235-248.

 

Lanfer, A. G., Margoluis, C., Stern, M. J., and U. M. Goodale. 2003. The Goals and challenges of the March 30-31, 2001 Yale ISTF conference titled Transboundary Protected Areas: The Viability of Regional Conservation Strategies. Journal of Sustainable Forestry.17: 1-6.

 

Ohlson, K., and U. M. Goodale. 2002. On the margins of forest and market: A case study of medicinal uses in four communities near Sinharaja, a Sri Lankan rain forest. Journal of the Tropical Resources Institute. 21: 38-42.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2001. Important allometric characteristics of native pioneer tree species for potential use in forest restoration in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Tropical Resources Institute. 20: 24-28.

 

Published Edited Special Issues and Books

Keleman, A., Dooley, K., Roka, K., Rebelo, C., and U. M. Goodale (Special Issue). 2011. Conservation and the Agricultural Frontier: Integrating forests and agriculture in the tropics, Part II. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 30 (1-3): 1-186.

 

Keleman, A., Dooley, K., Roka, K., Rebelo, C., and U. M. Goodale (Special Issue). 2010. Conservation and the Agricultural Frontier: Integrating forests and agriculture in the tropics, Part I. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 29 (6-8): 539-715.

 

Goodale U. M., and P. Marshall (Special Issue). 2009. Trees and space and time: A festschrift for Graeme P. Berlyn. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 28 (1-2): 1-277.

 

Goodale, U. M., Lanfer, A. G., Margoluis, C., and M. J. Stern (Special Issue and simultaneous publication as a Book/Monograph). 2003. Transboundary Protected Areas: The Viability of Regional Conservation Strategies. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 17 (1/2): 1-255.

 

Book Chapters, Thesis and Reports

Goodale, U. M. 2011. Hot Topics on Photosynthesis and Respiration: The Answer Is (Artificially) Blowing in the Wind. In Introductory Biology for Non-Biology Majors – E-Book. R. Pozos (editor). Module 7-10. Pp. 1-4. BioEspresso, San Diego, CA.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2010 – 2011. Evolution. In Introductory Biology for Non-Biology Majors – E-Book. R. Pozos (editor). Module 10. Pp. 1-21. BioEspresso, San Diego, CA.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2010 – 2011. Natural Selection. In Introductory Biology for Non-Biology Majors – E-Book. R. Pozos (editor). Module 11. Pp. 1-20. BioEspresso, San Diego, CA.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2010 – 2011. Evolution and Us. In Introductory Biology for Non-Biology Majors – E-Book. R. Pozos (editor). Module 12. Pp. 1-21. BioEspresso, San Diego, CA.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2009. The ecophysiology of pioneer tree species in relation to their disturbance ecology in a wet lowland rainforest, Sri Lanka. Ph.D. Thesis, Yale University.

 

Frazer, V., Goodale, U. M., Luoma, J., Morton, J., Osha, J., and S. Quazi. 2001. A Management

plan for the Lapham Wildlife Refuge of the Greenwich Land Trust, Greenwich, CT, USA.

 

Manage, U. N. L. 1998. Structure and floristic survey of the Delwala proposed reserve with emphasis on altitudinal variation. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Published Abstracts and Papers Presented at Scientific Meetings

LaForgia, M., Lane, B., Goodale U. M., and E. C. Cleland. 2010. Variation in water use efficiency in coastal sage scrub and chaparral species in relation to water and nitrogen. Undergraduate Research Symposium, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA.

 

Goodale U. M. and E. E. Cleland. 2010. How will Nitrogen deposition and shifting precipitation interact to influence Native California coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities? 2010 Annual IRACDA Conference. Post Doctoral Research Symposium. Tufts University, Boston.

 

Goodale U. M. and E. E. Cleland. 2010. Assessing the resilience of coastal sage and chaparral communities of southern California in response to nitrogen deposition and altered precipitation regimes. Western Pharmacological Association Annual Meeting. Catamaran Hotel Resort and Spa, San Diego.

 

Berlyn, G. P., Poulos, H., and U. M. Goodale. 2010. Using reflectance to measure the drought response of two Mexican oak species, Quercus laceyi and Quercus sideroxyla. Botanical Society of America 2010 conference in RI, USA.

 

Goodale, U. M. 2009. Ecophysiological indices of plant stress across the ranges of dominant species in coastal sage and chaparral. University of California, San Diego, Biology Division and Salk Institute Joint Retreat, Lake Arrowhead Resort, CA, USA.

 

Goodale, U. M., Berlyn, G. P., Ashton, M. S. and K. U. Tennakoon. 2008. Physiological acclimation of pioneer species to changing light environments. Botany without Borders. Botanical Society of America Meetings, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

 

Goodale U. M. 2007. The use of non-destructive landscape ecophysiology tools in Sri Lanka. Botany & Plant Biology 2007. Botanical Society of America Meetings, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Goodale U. M. 2007. Growth, architecture and niche differentiation of pioneer species in Sri Lanka: implications for restoration in the lowland wet zone. Doctoral Student Conference of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.

Goodale, U. M., Tennakoon, K. U., Gunatilleke, C. V. S., and M. S. Ashton. 2003. Tropical pioneer tree species’ plasticity to light and their potential for use in reforestation and restoration. Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, UK.

 

Goodale, U.M., Barr, R., Tennakoon, K.U., and G. P. Berlyn. 2003. Allometry and crown light environment of six pioneer tree species. North East Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Conference, Rutgers University, New Jersey, NJ, USA.

 

Goodale, U.M. 2003. The Ecophysiology of Six native pioneer tree species: Thesis Proposal. Doctoral Research Conference, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.

 

Manage, U.N.L., and G.I. Seneviratne. 1999. Structure and floristic survey of the Delwala proposed reserve with emphasis on altitudinal variation. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Sessions, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

* First author is the Presenting author.

 

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education and Career Development Training Meetings Attended

 

“91st Annual Graduate Women in Science Meeting and Pioneers and Innovators: Broadening Perspectives”.University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. June to 14-17, 2012.

 

University of California, San Diego, Education Development Series organized by the Office for Educational Development and Evaluation, Division of Medical Education held at the Medical Teaching Facility. January 11th to June 13th 2012.

 

Association for Women in Science San Diego “Women in Science and Technology Conference 2011” held at the Salk Institute on Saturday May 14th.

 

Conference and workshop on “Environmental Stewardship and Rural Development in Haiti”. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven CT. May 19th and 20th , 2010.

 

2010 SACNAS National Conference, “Science, Technology & Diversity for a Sustainable Future”. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Sep 29th to October 3rd 2010.

 

“89th Annual Graduate Women in Science Meeting and Bridges to STEM symposium”. Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. June 16th to 19th 2010.

 

2010 Annual IRACDA Conference. “Postdoctoral teaching and career development symposia”. Tufts University, Boston. June 6th to 8th 2010.

 

Invited Talks

PeradeniyaBotanical Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Conference titled, Restoring working forests in human dominated landscapes of the wet evergreen region, South Asia. The use of native pioneers as facilitators of secondary succession. July 2012.

 

University of California, Riverside, Department of Botany & Plant Sciences and Center for Conservation, Biology Seminar Series, Riverside, CA, USA. Ecophysiological responses of plants to environmental change: studies from Sri Lanka to San Diego. November 2010.

 

University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences, Conference titled, 2010 Opportunities for Research in the Behavioral Sciences: Expanding Research Opportunities, CA. USA. Climate change and southern California ecosystems: the future. April 2010.

 

Plant responses to heat stress: connecting molecule to ecosystems. 1 hour lecture for Physiology of Trees and Forests (F&ES 52008b). School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, YaleUniversity, New Haven. March 2010.

 

Acclimation and adaptive responses of plants to heat stress. 1 hour lecture for Fire: Science and Policy (F&ES 50002b). School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven. March 2010.

 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis EcoLunch seminar series, University of California, Santa Barbra, CA, USA. Do pioneer species really like high light? Sri Lankan rain forest pioneer species’ response to and recovery from extreme events. November 2009.

 

University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tucson, AZ, USA. The regeneration ecology and stress physiology of pioneers within a tropical wet forest: implications for amelioration of degraded land and reforestation. May 2009.

 

Department of Biology, Bennington College, Bennington, VT, USA. Niche partitioning in tropical pioneer trees: a multilevel approach to investigate the effect of light and disturbance dynamics on plant structure and function. June 2008.

 

Department of Botany, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA. Plants in a changing environment: studies in plasticity and acclimation in response to light in pioneer species. February 2008.

 

National University of Singapore, Department of Biological Sciences, Singapore. Mixed-species bird flocks: connecting communication community ecology and conservation (with E. Goodale). December 2007.

 

Membership in Scientific Organizations (Recent or Current)

• American Association for the Advancement of Science • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation • Association of Women in Science • American Society of Plant Biologists • Botanical Society of America • California Native Plants Society • Ecological Society of America • Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka • Graduate Women in Science • Society of American Foresters

 

Teaching Experience

Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Advanced Field Course in Ecology and Conservation (Plant Physiological Ecology and Plant Functional Traits, 10/2012): Taught two one hour lectures to a 25 international participants and developed a one day practical and introduction to instrumentation coordinated by Dr. R. Harrison (XTBG, CAS).

 

IRACDA Post Doctoral Teaching Scholar, San Diego State University (SDSU)

Introductory Biology for Non-Biology Majors (Bio 100, 8/2009 to 8/2012): Taught the Photosynthesis, Respiration and Evolution sections (500+ and 300+ students in the blended classes and 250+ students in the online only class) coordinated by Dr. R. Pozos (SDSU).

 

Teaching Assistant, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University.

Research Methods in Anatomy and Physiology (F&ES 52008b, T2 position, 1/2008 – 5/2008 and F&ES 601b, T4 position, 1/2006 – 5/2006): Taught physiological research methods and advised students on research projects from planning to publication.

Principals in Applied Ecology: The Practice of Silviculture (F&ES 52013b, T3 position, 1/2007 – 5/2007): Gave guest lecture on “Ecological Site Classification”, advised students to develop paper topics, edited and reviewed student papers, conducted grading, helped with the field trips, and organized and held discussion sections.

Management Plans for Protected Areas (F&ES 701b, T4 position, 8/2005 – 12/2005): Advised student groups to prepare a management plan for the management of a parcel of land for conservation, recreation, forest harvesting or wild life management purposes. Edited and reviewed reports and advised students on landowner presentations.

Seminar in Arctic, Alpine and Boreal Ecosystems (F&ES 612b, T1 position, 1/2003 – 5/2003): Organized the class field trip to Alaska.

 

Guest Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (8/2004 – 9/2004): Taught Masters in Environmental Science Program intensive course in Ecological Restoration.

 

Guest Lecturer University of Peradeniya, Postgraduate Institute of Science, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (10/2003): Gave a guest lecture to the Postgraduate students in the Program in Plant Science on “Theory and the use of LI-6400 portable photosynthetic system” and designed and led the laboratory practicum. 

 

Teaching Assistant, Department of Botany, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1998 – 1999): Laboratory instructor, field trip organizer and section discussion leader for undergraduate courses in Plant Sciences: Advanced Plant Pathology I and II; Advanced Botany; Advanced Microbiology; Floriculture and Experimental Design; Plant Molecular Biology; Plant Biotechnology; Radiobiology; Analytical Chemistry; Genetics and Plant Breeding; Advanced Ecology; Plant Physiology; Plant Biochemistry; Plant Taxonomy; Environmental Science and Field Studies in Ecology.

 

Outreach and other Synergistic Educational Activities

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program at San Diego State University. Fostered participation in scientific research and gave advise on approaches to scientific careers to Emily Escalente (2010 – present).

 

University of California, San Diego. Conducted undergraduate training in research methods and techniques at Dr. Cleland’s Ecology and Global Change Laboratory for Angelita Achbacher (Spring 2010 and Fall 2011), Amanda Schochet (Winter 2009 and spring 2010), Marina Laforgia (Spring 2010 – Fall 2010), and Nelda Yi (Fall 2010).

 

San Diego State University. Participated in graduate training in professional scientific career development of Jenny Nash Cornell (Winter 2009, Fall 2010 and Spring 2010).

 

Mentor for Botanical Society of America planting science program (www.plantingscience.org), which fosters student research through scientific inquiry and online mentorship (2008 – 2010).

Mentor for student science project on duckweed and water pollution at the WilburCrossHigh School, New Haven (2000 – 2001) and for the fourth grade class and science fair project at the W. Hooker School, New Haven (1999 – 2000) at the New Haven Science Fair Mentor Program, Connecticut, USA.

 

Mentor for Yale University Undergraduate Mila Dunbar-Irwin. BA in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, May 2008 (2008 – present). Current Position: Ph.D. Student at University of California, Davis.

 

Mentor for School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University Masters and Ph.D. students (1999 – present).

 

Organizer and instructor for training workshop titled “Field data collection with Li-6400 portable photosynthetic system” for undergraduate and research assistants. University of California, San Diego, Department of Biological Sciences, Evolution Ecology and Behavior Section, Ecology and Global Change lab, USA (1/2011).

 

Organizer and instructor for data screening workshop titled “Now that I have my data what do I do with it? Detecting diagnosing and editing data problems after data collection”. Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada (7/2008).

 

Organizer and instructor for with E. Goodale on workshop titled “Exploring Career Development for Researchers in Papua New Guinea”, Moraka Lutheran Reform Church, Port Moresby, PNG 12/2007).

 

Instructor for “Proposal Writing for Biological Sciences” workshop, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Department of Wildlife and Conservation, Sri Lanka (8/2007).

 

Instructor for “Scientific Analysis and Writing” workshop, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1/2007).

 

Organizer and instructor for “An ecotourism guide to the flora and fauna of Sinharaja World Heritage Site” Field Teaching Program on Ecotourism Skills Building for the Forest Department Guides in Sinharaja Rain Forest Research Station, Sri Lanka (1/2004).

 

Instructor for “Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity and Dynamics” Field Course in Sinharaja Rain Forest Research Station for The Institute of Biology graduate students of University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, undergraduate students of the Faculty of Science, Eastern University, Buththala, Sri Lanka and for undergraduate students of the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka  (6/2002, 7/2002, 12/2002).

 

Instructor for “Forest and Tree Architecture” and “Natural Design in Architecture” in Sinharaja Rain Forest Research Station, Sri Lanka for undergraduate students of the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Moratuwa University, Colombo, Sri Lanka (5/2002, 7/2001).

 

Service

 

Biology Letters, Forest Ecology and Management, Journal of Forestry Research, Journal of International Forestry Research, Journal of Sustainable Forestry – Reviewer (2009 to present).

 

Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Associate Editor, School of Forestry and Environmental

Studies, Yale University (2009 – present).

 

Graduate Women in Science: National Secretary (2010 – 2012); Member of the Editorial Board (2010 -2012); Chair of the International Relations Committee (2012-2014); Co-chair of the International Relations Committee (2011-2012); Member of the International Relations Committee (2010 – 2011).

 

Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter: Scholarship Committee Member (2009); Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (2010 – 2012).

 

Botanical Society of America: Treasurer, Physiological Section (2007 – 2011); International Committee Member (2008 – 2009); Work Shop Organizer (2008).

 

New Haven Science Fair and Mentoring Program, New Haven, CT: Judge (5/2008); Coordinator for Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2000 – 2001).

 

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University: Disciplinary Committee Member (2005 – 2007); Co-organizer, Festschrift Celebration for Professor Graeme P. Berlyn: honoring his teaching, mentoring, research and long term contribution to Yale School of forestry and Environmental Studies (2005); Moderator, Conference Publications Advisor, Conference Organizer and Fundraising Committee Member for Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (2000 – 2001, 2005 – 2009); Masters Student Representative, Tropical Resources Institute (1999 – 2000).

 

Service to Community and Business Organizations: Scientific Advisor, Walk with Jith Pvt. Ltd., Colombo, Sri Lanka. Advisor for www.walkwithjith.com ecotourism company (2004 – present); Advisor for four community based ecotourism groups in the villages of Ohu, Keki, Baitabag and Wanam in Papua New Guinea (2007 – present).

 

Founder and Relief Organizer of Sinharaja Rehabilitation Fund established for victims of severe floods and landslides in May 2003. Helped raise funds to rehabilitate the eight-kilometer road and to rebuild two houses and businesses destroyed from the floods and landslides on the 17th of May 2003. • Organized flood relief medical clinics, essential supplies camp, and a geological assessment of the affected areas. • Coordinated and found an English teacher for the Kudawa Primary village school’s “Environment based English Education Program” (2003 – 2004).

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka: Field Botanist and Plant Taxonomist, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. (1997 – 2000); Vice President, National Committee, World University Service. (1997 – 1998); Secretary, Botanical Society, (1997 – 1998); Secretary, University of Colombo Branch, World University Service (1996 – 1997); Principal Organizer and Fund Raiser for “Management Skills for Science Graduates” Faculty of Science. (1996 – 1997); Founder Member, Solid Waste Recycling Program (1994 – 1998); Co-member of the group exhibition on building public awareness and education on the problem of pollution in the Beira Lake, Colombo. Annual Exhibition 1994, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo (1994).

 

Skills

Languages: Sinhala, English, Pali, Mandarin, German, Papua New Guinea Pidgin, and Tamil in decreasing order of proficiency.

 

Computer Statistical Programming Skills: Statistical Analytical Systems (SAS), R, Sigmaplot 8.0.

 

Technical: Ability to operate and work with several advanced scientific instruments used for plant ecological, physiological, and global change studies such as LI 6400 portable photosynthesis meter, and canopy hemispheric photography system. Ability to access and manage data in the related computer programs.

 

Plant Identification: Tropical Wet Zone Flora of Sri Lanka, coastal sage and chaparral species of San Diego County, California, USA.

 

Teaching and Career Development Skills: Extensive academic practical and literature knowledge on the issue faced by minorities and underrepresented groups in science both in the US setting and international education arena that can be translated in to effective mentoring leading to success in education in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields.

 

Creative cook specializing in Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, South Asian and East Asian cuisine and entertaining tea connoisseur.