Prof. (Mrs.) DAL Leelamanie

BSc. (Ruhuna, Sri Lanka), MSc (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), PhD ( Tokyo, Japan)

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

Phone

:

+94 41 22 92 200 / Ext 220

Fax

:

+94 41 22 92 384

E-mail

:

leelamanie@soil.ruh.ac.lk / leelamaniee@yahoo.co.uk

   

NAME

D.A.L. Leelamanie

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • 2005–2008 PhD in Agriculture (Soil Science) Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. March, 2008

  • 2002–2003 MSc Soil Science (Tropical Soil Management)University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka December, 2003

  • 1996–2000 BSc. Agriculture (Second class Upper division) University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, October, 2000

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • 2013 to date Professor

  • 2008 – 2013 Senior Lecturer

  • 2002–2008 Lecturer

  • 2001–2002 Demonstrator

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

  • Principal investigator of NRC research grant 14-019

  • Principal Investigator of Postgraduate research grant 2015, University of Ruhuna

  • Co- investigator of NSF research grant EG/2015/EB/01

 

SPECIAL ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • JASSO follow-up research fellowship Award, 2015

  • National Research Council (NRC) Merit Awards for Scientific Publication 2014.( (for publications in 2010, 2011, 2012)

  • Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications, organized by the NRC, Sri Lanka. (for publications in 2009)

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Most Outstanding Young Researcher in 2011. University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

  • Japan International Award 2010 for Young Agricultural Researchers, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). Annual competitive award, which is organized and presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan

  • Dr. AWR Jorchim Award for the student who obtained the highest GPA (3.98 out of 4.0) for Postgraduate Studies in the year 2003. Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • Best presenter award – poster presentations. 9th Academic sessions of University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, march- 2012

  • The Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: MEXT) Scholarship award for PhD. A competitive award, channeled through Ministry of higher Education, selected by the Embassy of Japan, Sri Lanka. 2004-2008

  • Dr. S.K. Charles Memorial Gold Medal for the student who obtained the best results in final year (BSc. Degree) - University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka – 2000

  • Invitation Fellowship Award, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). (2012)

  • Travelling Fellowship award, Overseas Special Training Program (OSTP), by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in alignment with the National Science Technology and Innovation Strategy – 2011

  • Netherlands Government Fellowship under Netherlands Fellowships Program (NFP) 2014

  • Best Speech Award, Ibaraki-ken Foreign students’ Japanese speech contest, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) – 2006

  • Special merit Award, Ibaraki-ken Foreign students’ Japanese speech contest, Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) – 2006

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES IN PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Member of stakeholder group for Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Report on Climate Change Adaptation

  • Editorial Board Member, Trends in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (TSPN)

  • Editorial Board Member and reviewer, International Journal of Agricultural Sciences

  • Committee member, Sri Lankan Society of Soil Science (Life member)

  • Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the advancement of Science

  • Reviewer in Soil Science Society of America Journal; Soil Science and Plant Nutrients; Soil and water Research (SWR); Reviewer in Powder Technology; Environmental Science and Technology

 

INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Initiation and coordination of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna and College of Agriculture, Ibaraki University, Japan, January, 2009

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS (2010–2015)

 

Leelamanie DAL 2014: Initial water repellency affected organic matter depletion rates of manure amended soils in Sri Lanka. J. Hydrol. Hydromech. 62(4) 309–315.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J 2014: Surface hydrophobicity of Japanese Andisol and its behavior upon exposure to heat. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 78:761–766.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J 2014: Water stable aggregates of Japanese Andisol as affected by hydrophobicity and drying temperature. J. Hydrol. Hydromech. 62(2) 97–100.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J, Samarawickrama UI 2013: Stability analysis of aggregates in relation to the hydrophobicity of organic manure for Sri Lankan Red Yellow Podzolic soils. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr., 59(5), 683–691.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J 2013: Soil-water contact angle as affected by the aqueous electrolyte concentration. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr., 59(4), 501–508.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J 2012: Drop size dependence of soil-water contact angle in relation to the droplet geometry and line tension. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr., 58 (6), 675–683. 2012.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J 2011: Water-dependent repellency of model soils as affected by clay. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr., 57, 7–10.

 

Leelamanie DAL, Karube J, Yoshida A 2010: Clay effects on contact angle and water drop penetration time of model soils. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr., 56,371–375.

 

Leelamanie DAL 2010: Changes in soil water content with ambient relative humidity in relation to the organic matter and clay. Tropical Agric. Research and Extension, 13(1), 6–10.

 

Jayasinghe PKSC, HA Adornado, M Yoshida, DAL Leelamanie 2010: A Web-Based GIS and Remote Sensing Framework for Spatial Information System (SIS): A Case Study in Nuwaraeliya, Sri Lanka. Agricultural Information Research 19 (4), 106–116.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIA (FROM 2013–2015)

 

Leelamanie DAL 2015: Effect of Organic Matter Content at Different Stages of Decomposition on Soil Hydrophobicity. Proceedings of the University of Ruhuna 12th Academic Sessions, March, 2015.

 

T.D.P. Liyanage, D.A.L. Leelamanie, S.D. Wanniarachchi 2015: Effects of Water Repellency on Soil Organic Matter Decomposition by Microbes. Proceedings of the University of Ruhuna 12th Academic Sessions, March, 2015.

 

Leelamanie DAL 2014: Soil-water contact angle of Coastal dune sands in Dry Zone as affected by Intermixed Organic Matter in soil Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, November, 2014.

 

Leelamanie DAL, T.D.P. Liyanage 2014: Hydrophysical characterization of naturally water repellent dry zone dune sand in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, November, 2014.

 

T.D.P. Liyanage, D.A.L. Leelamanie, S.D. Wanniarachchi 2014: Effects of Organic Matter Induced Hydrophobici-ty on Microbial activity of soils as measured by CO2 Evolution. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, November, 2014.

 

Liyanage T.D.P., Leelamanie DAL 2014: Mild Water Repellency Effects on Hydraulic Properties of hydrophobic organic matter incorporated Animal Manure amended soils. Submitted to the 70 th Annual Scientific Sessions of SLAAS, 2014.

 

Liyanage T.D.P., Leelamanie DAL 2014: Relationship between water entry value and saturated hydraulic conductivity of organic manure amended soils. Proceedings of International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches 2014 (ICMA 2014), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, August 2014.

 

Leelamanie DAL 2014: Relationship between water repellency and interstitial organic material of sieve fractions from dry-zone dune sands under Casuarina equisetifolia. Proceedings of Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE), Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, July 2014.

 

Liyanage T.D.P., Leelamanie DAL 2014: Hydraulics of Repellency and Wettability of Soils. Proceedings of the Students Session of International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2013), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, May, 2014.

 

Yasoda K.P., K.M.A. Kendaragama, WMADB Wickramaisnghe, Leelamanie DAL 2014: Assessing Stream Water Quality of Uma Oya Upper Catchment in Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Students Session of International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2013), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, May, 2014.

 

Leelamanie DAL, J. Karube 2014: Water Stability of Model Aggregates in relation to the contact angle and wetting rate for Japanese surface Andisol. Proceedings of the University of Ruhuna Academic Sessions, March, 2014.

 

Leelamanie DAL, T.D.P. Liyanage 2014: Characteristics of Water Dependent Repellency of Soils Amended with Hydrophobic Organic Matter. Proceedings of the University of Ruhuna Academic Sessions, March, 2014.

 

Leelamanie DAL 2013: Fine woody debris of Mangifera indica, Alstonia macrophylla, and Calophyllum inophyllum affected soil hydrophobicity. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, December, 2013.

 

Leelamanie DAL and Jayasekara PK 2013: Effects of heating on organic matter induced soil water repellency. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, November, 2013.

 

Leelamanie DAL and Dilhani HGC 2013: Time dependent contact angle of soils amended with animal manure and fine woody debris. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, November, 2013.

Soil physics, Soil water repellency and wettability, Soil and water conservation