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Dr. Buddhika Madurapperuma
Post doctoral position
195 Masteller Street
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
email: bmadurap@purdue.edu


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My research integrates two broad streams: (i) modeling habitats’ vulnerablity to invasion of exotic species in arboreal ecosystems; (ii) understanding multi-scaled land-use/cover dynamics on the regional and national scale to address critical environmental consequences. I am using a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques to model habitats potentially vulnerable to invasion of exotic species (e.g. Russian-olive/Elaeagnus angustifolia L.) using in-situ and bioclimatic data. In addition, I have utilized a high-tech FieldSpec spectroradiometer to discern subtle spectral characteristics of invasive species and I have developed spectral libraries of native-exotic species. At present, I am working for the Predicting Regional Invasion Dynamic Processes (PRIDE) project, where I integrate LiDAR and FIA invasive plot data to address how the structural complexity of vegetation facilitates invasion. My leading landscape ecology research is how shifting agricultural cropping systems affect nitrogen fluxes to large aquatic ecosystems.



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Madurapperuma, B.D. and Kuruppuarachchi and K.A.J.M. 2014. Detecting land-cover change using mappable vegetation related indices: A case study from the Sinharaja Man and the Biosphere Reserve. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 4(1): 50-58.


Oduor, P.G., Armstrong, M., Kotchman, L., Kangas, M., Maddurapperuma, B., Forward, K., Wijeyaratne, P., Santos, X., Nakamura, A. and Leidholm K. 2014. Designing an online geospatial system for forestry resource management. Journal of Geographic Information System. 6: 185-208. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jgis.2014.63019


Madurapperuma, B.D., Amarasinghe, M.D. and Oduor, P.G. 2013. Salient ecological functions of a tropical freshwater wetland. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management, 18: 45-51. Doi: 10.1111/Ire.12019.


Madurapperuma, B.D., Oduor, P.G., Kuruppuarachchi, K.A.J.M., Wijayawardene, D.N.N. and Munasinghe, J.U. 2013. Comparing floristic diversity between a silviculturally managed arboretum and a natural forest reserve in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 3:(2), 11-22.


Kuruppuarachchi, K.A.J.M., Seneviratne, G. and Madurapperuma, B.D. 2013. Drought induced fine root growth and canopy green-up of tropical dry zone vegetations in Sri Lanka. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 2(2): 13-19.


Madurapperuma B.D., Oduor, P.G., Anar, M.J. and Kotchman, L.A. 2012. Understanding Factors that Correlate or Contribute to Exotic Russian Olive Invasion at a Wildland-Urban Interface Ecosystem. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 6: 130-139. http://dx.doi.org/10.1614/IPSM-D-12-00021.1.


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Spatial Ecology and GIS (FNR 359) lectures on biogeography (2013), Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.


Teaching Assistant (2011-2012), Intro/Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 655), Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 456/656), Remote Sensing (GEOL/GEOG 470/670), and World Regional Geography (GEOG 161), Environmental and Conservation Science Program, North Dakota State University.


Visiting Lecturer (2007-2009), conducted lectures on Economic Botany, Culture and Propagation of Ornamental Aquatic Plants, Biodiversity Conservation and Aquatic Resource Banagement & Conservation, College of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.


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Undergraduate Students


Mr. D.N.N. Wijayawardene. 2010. Title: Feasibility study on management of Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve (SNR) collaboration with the local community participation.


Mrs. J.U. Munasinghe. 2009. Title: Status of aquatic plants in selected tanks in Anuradhapura district.


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Advanced spatial analyses (2D & 3D) and batch programming within the ArcGIS-ArcView, ArcGIS-ArcINFO, and ArcGIS online platforms.


Remote Sensing skillset: ENVI and ERDAS IMAGINE processing software.


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MEETINGS (Selected)




29th Annual Symposium of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists (U.S.IALE), Anchorage, AK, May 18-22, 2014.


MidAmerica GIS Consortium, Kansas City, Missouri, April 27th - May 1st, 2014.


North Dakota GIS Users Conference 2013, Grand Forks, North Dakota, September 10th -12th 2013.


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International Dendrology Society fellowship. Attended 14th Global Botanic Gardens Congress and pre-congress tour to Burren and Clare County to study on wild flowers. Dublin, Ireland, June 2010.


UNU-UNESCO International Course: Biodiversity in Mangrove Ecosystems. A field trip to Parangipettai at the Centre of Advanced Studies in Marine Biology to study mangrove vegetation. Annamalai University, Tamilnadu, India, November 2008.


Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment Fellowship. Attended a short course in Conservation Biology. A field trip to Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary to study herpetofaunal diversity. Bangalore, India, June 2004.


Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. Attended International Field Biology Course at the Pasoh Forest Reserve. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2003.


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Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Lab, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University for Predicting Regional Invasion Dynamic Processes project.


Dr. K.A.J.M. Kuruppuarachchi, The Open University of Sri Lanka. Conduct research on carbon sequestration dynamics of tropical forest that controlled by climatic, plant and soil parameters.




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