I am Dhanesh Wisumperuma, an independent researcher and a freelance writer living and working in Sri Lanka.
I was born in Galle, in South Sri Lanka. My father was from Akuressa, Matara and my mother was from Deraniyagala, Kegalle district. I spent my early childhood with my elder sister and the family in suburban areas of Tangalle and Matara since my parents were state sector employees. We moved to Colombo in late 1970s to Colombo, and thereafter are living around Nugegoda.
I had my primary education at Veluvana Vidyalaya, Colombo 9 and entered to the Royal College, Colombo 7 for secondary education. After passing GCE Advanced Level examination, I entered University of Colombo and completed a BSc degree in bio sciences. Afterwards I followed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology from the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology (University of Kelaniya). Since my interests also included history I then completed a MA in History from the University of Kelaniya.
After holding education and managerial positions in two environmental non-government organisations for about four years, I opted for research and writing career while working as a freelancer for those organisations.
My research interests are mainly in environmental history and historical biogeography. Also I am engaged in research in history and archaeology as well as environmental studies and climate change (For more description visit My Research page). My research are published in various journals and published research papers and books are listed under Publications page (Visit pages: Papers, Books).
As a writer I contribute to various newspapers and magazines. Also I maintain a blog which include my published writings as well as writings unpublished ones. Visit Blog here: Diary and Writings) This website’s blog section contains my articles on Sri Lanka (My Blog).
I have been and voluntarily engaged as a life member in several organisations in the country. These include Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Archaeological Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science and Historical Association of Sri Lanka. I have held various positions in those organisations too from time to time.