Priyan Perera is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Priyan received his PhD (Forestry) from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, USA in 2011. He also holds Masters’ degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management  from the same University.

Priyan is interested in interdisciplinary research related to Environmental management and Forestry. His research interests and some of the ongoing research projects are related to sustainable tourism, sustainable tourism planning in protected areas, biodiversity, environmental certification and forest certification. Recreational Ecology; the scientific study of environmental impacts resulting from recreational activity in protected natural areas and their biodiversity is a field of study most of hist present research works are focused on. To date, his research works have led to several international publications in respective fields.

Academic Positions

  • Present2005

    Senior Lecturer

    Department of Forestry & Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2011

    Ph.D. in Forestry

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, USA

  • MSc 2009

    MSc in Environmental Sciences

    School of Coast & Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA, USA

  • MSc 2008

    MSc in Forestry

    School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA, USA

  • BSc 2004

    BSc in Forestry and Environmental Science (Special)

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2000-2003
    National Science Foundation Research Grant
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