Himesh has engaged in leading researches in the fields of butterflies, birds and fish and has published many research papers in academic journals. He is the author of the book ‘A Guide to the Common Butterflies of Sri Lanka’ and one of the co-authors of the book “A Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka”. He has an in-depth knowledge on birds and fish other than butterflies and is a Lepidopterist turned Ornithologist. His love for plants has taken him a long way in the field of Sri Lankan flora where he kept his mark by discovering some new plant species that are new to science (these are described in the “Illustrated Field Guide to the Flowers of Sri Lanka by Dr. J.J Vlas”).
He was a member of the butterfly expert group that compiled ‘The National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka’ and a member of the team selected for the preparation of the Butterfly Conservation Action Plan 2013 that was conducted by the Biodiversity Secretariat. Being one of the pioneers in the field of the butterflies, Himesh has been playing a major role in butterfly conservation in Sri Lanka.
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