Priyan Perera is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Priyan received his PhD (Forestry) from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA, USA in 2011. He also holds Masters’ degrees in Forestry and Environmental Management  from the same University.

Priyan is interested in interdisciplinary research related to Environmental management and Forestry. His research interests and some of the ongoing research projects are related to sustainable tourism, sustainable tourism planning in protected areas, biodiversity, environmental certification and forest certification.

Recreational Ecology; the scientific study of environmental impacts resulting from recreational activity in protected natural areas and their biodiversity is a field of study most of hist present research works are focused on. To date, his research works have led to several international publications in respective fields.