MSc Candidate, Department of Biology

Co-supervisor: Dr. Ann McKellar

Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

BSc. University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Project:  Investigation of shorebird foraging ecology in relation to water management regimes on Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan

Thousands of migratory shorebirds use Chaplin Lake as a staging site to rest and refuel, but information is scarce about how water management activities by the Sodium Sulphate mine operated by the Sask Mining and Minerals Inc are related to the distribution of birds and resources they depend on. The goal of my project is to characterize the effects of water quality and quantity on shorebird distribution across the lake with a particular focus on the availability of brine shrimp as an important food source for migrants.