Professor at University of Peradeniya
The writer, Nimal Gunatilleke is a Professor of Botany at the University of Peradeniya. He counts over 35 years research and teaching experience, relating to biology of natural and plantation forests in Sri Lanka. His research interests cover soil biology and nutrient dynamics, plant reproductive biology and population genetics, spatial distribution and species co-existence in lowland rain forests, and ecological restoration of degraded lands. Most of his long-term research has been in Sinharaja World Heritage Site and the Knuckles Forest Reserve. He has been a co-recipient of the prestigious Sultan Qaboos prize of UNESCO in 1997 for environmental preservation, given in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the management/ preservation of the environment.