Ruchira Somaweera


  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Ru is an evolutionary biologist with a strong interest in studying how animals adapt to a changing word (be it invasive species, development or climate change), and designing sound management and conservation actions for their preservation. With over 13 years of field experience in northern Australia (Kimberley, Pilbara and TopEnd) and several part of Asia (Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Borneo, and Vietnam), and South Africa, he is well trained, certified and experienced in a multitude of field techniques from remote area field work, terrestrial and aquatic fauna sampling (including scuba diving), remote monitoring and tracking of fauna, habitat mapping and operating UAVs. Ru have led and managed large-scale projects for a range of clients including federal and state government departments, the mining industry, NGOs, Indigenous corporations and community groups. He has undertaken postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and project supervision in Australia as well as overseas. Ru is active involved in public awareness campaigns with multiple international organizations including the National Geographic Society, and is a member of several species-specialists committees of the IUCN. Currently, he is a Principal Environmental Scientist at Stantec Australia.


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