Chirathi Wijekulathilake
  • M.Sc.: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology) 2023
  • B.Sc.: University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Zoology) 2017
Chirathi Wijekulathilake is a biologist with a deep-rooted passion for the outdoors and over eight years of experience in wildlife research and ecological fieldwork. Growing up in Sri Lanka, she fostered her love for wildlife and conservation from a young age, a devotion that has shaped her academic journey. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Zoology at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and later pursued a Master of Science degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her B.Sc. and M.Sc. research focused on the vocalization, behavioural ecology, and phylogenetics of both tropical and temperate-zone songbird species. She specializes in bioacoustics and is also experienced in biodiversity monitoring and wildlife surveying techniques. Through a blend of work experiences and volunteer efforts, she has honed her expertise in mist netting, bird banding, breeding bird surveys, nocturnal owl surveys, nest searches, deployment of autonomous recording units (ARUs) to collect songbird and bat acoustic data, community outreach, and human-wildlife interactions. Chirathi's varied experiences, combined with a robust academic foundation, equip her to make a meaningful contribution to environmental studies.