The Council Of The University Of Sri Jayewardenepura On Sunday Will Award Honorary Doctorate To Renowned Naturalist Kelum Nalinda Manamendra-Arachchi At The 48th Convocation.
Kelum is a specialist on Biodiversity Conservation, Taxonomy, Biogeography, Zooarchaeology, Paleontology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, and Osteology.
There are over 110 publications in the world’s most influential journals and with over 2,000 citations into his name.
Recognizing his contribution to knowledge enhancement, Kelum was awarded by the International Institute for Species Exploration, Arizona State University.
He is a Presidential Awards winner for Taxonomy and Zoo-Archaeology in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2009.
He received the Top Ten Award for discovering remarkable new species in 2008 and honoring the service to taxonomy and biodiversity conservation of the last 30 years, two species, viz. Puntius kelumi and Calotes manamendrai were named after Kelum’s name.