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Harshana Rajakaruna

Harshana was a PhD student working under the supervision of Mark Lewis. He was working on developing a model that incorporates mean and higher order moments of first passage times to, and risks of, biological invasions using stochastic differential equations approximating Fokker-Planck equations. He was looking at how different types of stochasticity influence invasions in order to answer the question as to why some species invade certain localities while others not.

Harshana is currently a Researcher in the Mathematical Biology Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) situated in an island paradise of Japan rich with awesome beaches and marine life.