Dr. Charmalie A. D. Nahallage


Dr. Nahallage obtained her undergraduate degree from the faculty of Applied Sciences at theUniversityofSri Jayewardenepura. She joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1996 and from 1998 she was appointed as a permanent lecturer. She obtained her Master of Science and Doctor of Science Degrees from the Primate Research Institute,Kyoto University,Japan, where she specialized in Primatology.


Academic activities

At present she teaches physical anthropology to undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In addition she has been serving as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura;  Department of Musicology, University of Visual Arts and Performing  and  Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Kelaniya University. Furthermore she serves as a primate resource person to various government departments and private companies in the country. Additionally she serves as an adjunct faculty member at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore, India.

Academic Positions

  • Present1998

    Senior Lecturer

    Biological Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka.

  • 19971996


    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka.

  • 19961995

    Teaching Assistant

    Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Education & Training

  • B.Sc

    B.Sc in Zoology

    University of Sri Jayawardenepura

  • M.Sc

    M. Sc.

    Kyoto- Japan

  • D. Sc

    D. Sc

    Kyoto- Japan

Scientific Background and Interest

  • Primatology - Primate cultural behaviors. Occurrence, acquisition, transmission and development process of cultural behaviors in primates.
  • Primate fossil studies.
  • Ethnoprimatological studies related to Sri Lankan primates
  • Primate parasitic studies
  • Forensic Anthropological studies
  • Human variation studies. – Ceylon Kaffirs and Burghers
  • Limnology –Monitoring of physical, chemical and biological parameters of fresh and marine waters.