Dr. WMCJ Wijekoon

BSc Agric (Ruhuna) , BSc Agric (Ruhuna), MSc (Peradeniya), PhD (Kagoshima, Japan)

Lecturer in Soil Science
Dept of Soil Science
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Phone

:

+94 41 22 92 200 / Ext 295

E-mail

:

wijekoon@soil.ruh.ac.lk

wijekoonchamila@yahoo.com

   

FULL NAME

Wijekoon Mudiyanselage Chamila Janaka Wijekoon

 

PERSONAL

Born February 02, 1979

Married

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

Sinhala, English, Japanese

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • PhD, United Graduate School of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, Japan (2015)

  • Basic Degree: MSc (Environmental Soil Science), Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2010)

  • BSc Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka 2004

 

EMPLOYMENT

  • Lecturer (Probationary), Dept of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture,University of Ruhuna (2008 - to-date).

  • Previous: Industrial Placement Officer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (2006 - 2007).

  • Research Assistant (Temp) Dept of Agric Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (2004 - 2006).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Soil and water conservation towards sustainable land management and risk management

  • Community based soil organic matter management towards sustainable carbon sequestration

  • Identification of soil meso-fauna in the natural tropical ecosystems and their specific roles in nutrient recycling and ecosystem balance.

 

TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT

  • Human resource development seminar on board research ship (Kagoshima Maru) of Kagoshima University, Japan (2012)

  • CCPDHE program for staff development, University of Ruhuna (2008)

  • Six day workshop - project planning, implementation and evaluation, conflict resolution, leadership skills and bio mimicry, Kandy, under CIDA Restore project, University of Ruhuna (February 2008)

  • Taxonomy of bees of Sri Lanka, PGIS, University of Peradeniya (2006)

  • Reproductive Biology of Honeybees, Prof Nikolaus Koeniger, Honeybee Research Institute, University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Summer 2005)

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Field evaluation of wetland soils (Resource person), Colombo 25 May 2015

  • Honeybee management training programs (Resource person)

  • Member of organizing committee, National Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture (2008/ 2009/ 2010)

  • Radio program - The contribution of soil conservation to agriculture under national program "Api Wawamu - Rata Nagamu" (Ruhunu Sewaya – Matara on 03 December 2009)

  • Radio program - The role of Faculty of Agriculture in the development of agriculture sector of the south under "Api Wawamu - Rata Nagamu" national program (Ruhunu Sewaya – Matara on 03 September 2009)

  • Development of the web site, A to Z of Ceylon Cinnamon, pioneering web site on cinnamon industry in Sri Lanka, 2006 www.agri.ruh.ac.lk/cinnamon (2006)

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND REPRESENTATION IN COMMITTEES

  • Member - Board of study for distance edcation, Faculty of Agriculture (2015~)

  • Japan society of coastal forests (2013 ~)

  • Japan association of rainwater catchment systems (2012 ~)

  • Life member - Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (2010 ~)

  • Sports Advisory Board, University of Ruhuna (2010-2011)

CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Undergraduate teaching - Courses: Introductory soil science, Soil-Plant Relations and Nutrient Management.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Peer reviewed

 

Wijekoon, W. M. C. J., Razafindrabe, B. H. N., & Inoue, S. (2014). Assay of Soil Water Repellency of Coastal Forest Catchment in Subtropical Okinawa Island of Japan. Journal of Rainwater Catchment Systems, 20(1), 1–10.

 

Wijekoon W.M.C.J., Gushiken M., Nagayama E. and Kinjo K. (2014) Characteristics of Soil Aggregates Under Mangroves in Comparison with the Aggregates of Upland Forest Soil, Assessed by Density Fractionation. Journal of the Japanese Society of Coastal Forest, 13(2), 51-58.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Wijekoon WMCJ and Rajapaksha RMCP (2011) Bibliography of Soil and Related Sciences of Sri Lanka (1980 - 2010), Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

 

Wijekoon, W. M. C. J., Moritera, H., Razafindrabe, B. H. N., & Inoue, S. (2014). Soil water repellency in the forest soils: Application of water drop penetration time test on undisturbed soil samples. In Proceedings of the 22nd annual congress of Japan Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (pp. 45–47). Fukui, Japan.

 

Moritera, H., Wijekoon, W. M. C. J., Razafindrabe, B. H. N., & Inoue, S. (2014). An assessment of the soil water movement in the forest soils of northern Okinawa island by using an undisturbed soil column. In Proceedings of the 22nd annual congress of Japan Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (pp. 58-61). Fukui, Japan (in Japanese).

 

Wijekoon W.M.C.J., Inoue S., Kinjo K. (2012) Quantity and quality of stream water from Mt Yona in Okinawa island: Summer (May-August) 2012. Symposium of Japan rainwater catchment systems, Zamami, Okinawa, Japan

 

Wijekoon WMCJ, Wanniarachchi SD, Kalubowila KAYS, Punchihewa RWK and Nugaliyadda L (2011) Functional group diversity of invertebrate meso-fauna in litter-soil ecosystem of tropical rainforests vs. Adjacent comparable agro ecosystems. The 10th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Wijekoon, WMCJ, Priyadarshani, SHR, Gajaweera, CJ and Seresinhe RT (2010) Effect of Guniea grass (Panicum maximum) on general soil properties. International Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna.

 

Wijekoon WMCJ, Wanniarachchi SD, Kalubowila KAYS, Punchihewa RWK and Nugaliyadda L (2010) Population distribution of invertebrate soil meso-fauna functional groups in Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) litter. International Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna.

 

Wijekoon WMCJ, Wanniarachchi SD, Kalubowila KAYS, Punchihewa RWK and Nugaliyadda L (2010) Comparison of soil meso-fauna functional group distribution and abundance: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) plantation vs. abandoned adjoining ago-ecosystem. International Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna.

 

Wijekoon WMCJ and Seneviratne MDHJ (2010) Can bat’s behaviour give a Tsunami warning?. Second National Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka jointly with Environmental committee of National Science Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Wijekoon WMCJ and Punchihewa RWK (2008) Preliminary Study on Sustainable Honey Harvesting from Natural Dwarf Honeybee (Apis florea) Colonies in Semi Arid Regions of Sri Lanka. Thirteenth International Forestry and Environment Symposium, Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

 

Punchihewa RWK and Wijekoon WMCJ (2006) A hive design for sustainable honey harvesting from forests. International Conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems: Challenges and opportunities. 2006 December, Kandy, Sri Lanka. UNESCO, Jointly Sponsored by National MAB committee Sri Lanka and National Science Foundation Sri Lanka.

 

OTHER

 

Wijekoon WMCJ (2004) The Relationship between flowering phenology of major bee forage and preparation for swarming of Asian honeybee (Apis cerana indica: Apidae) in the Uva basin, 34 pp. Thesis submitted in the partial fulfilment of the requirements of the advanced course in Agric Biology for the degree of BSc in Agriculture. (Unpublished)

Soil and water conservation towards sustainable land and risk management

 

Community based soil organic matter management towards sustainable carbon sequestration

 

Identification of soil meso-fauna in the natural tropical ecosystems and their specific roles in nutrient recycling and ecosystem balance.