Nishanta Rajakaruna received his B.A. degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic (1994), Bar Harbor, Me, USA. In 1995, he joined the Department of Botany, The University of British Columbia, Canada, and received an M.S. degree (1998) and a Ph.D. degree (2002) for his work on the evolutionary ecology of the Californian endemic annual plant Lasthenia Californica (Asteraceae). He pursued postdoctoral research in 2003-2004 with Dr. David Ackerly, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University (currently, at UC Berkeley) as an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada) Postdoctoral Fellow. Rajakaruna is currently Professor of Botany at College of the Atlantic. His research focuses on the factors and mechanisms driving plant speciation and community assembly on serpentine and other edaphically harsh environments.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2011