Dr. WMCJ Wijekoon

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

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+94 41 22 92 200 / Ext 295

E-mail

:

wijekoon@soil.ruh.ac.lk

wijekoonchamila@yahoo.com

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FULL NAME

Chamila Wijekoon (frequently used)

Wijekoon Mudiyanselage Chamila Janaka Wijekoon (full name)

 

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 - 2015).

  • 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

  • Precision crop management

  • Environmental and cropping system modeling

  • 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

  • Workshop on Outcome Based Education and Program Review, IQAC, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (March 2018)

  • Workshop on undergraduate assessment, Quality Assurance Cell, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (December 2016)

  • Residential workshop on Active Citizens – British Council (September 2016)

  • Training workshop for student counsellors of the University of Ruhuna, Matara (2015)

  • 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

  • Coordinator, ISAE 2019

  • Secretary, ISAE 2018

  • Resource Person – G.C.E. A/L Agriculture Teacher Training on “Soil Health”, Ministry of Education (August 2018)

  • Resource Person – G.C.E. A/L Agriculture Teacher Training on “Soil Health”, NIE (2017)

  • Resource Person (Soil Degradation and Conservation) - Training on Environmental Education for Science Teachers, Central Environmental Authority (2017/18)

  • Consultant to the NIE, G.C.E. A/L Agriculture Syllabus 2017 Revision (2016/2017)

  • Co-controlling Examiner – G.C.E. A/L Biosystems Technology Practical Examination (2016/2017)

  • Coordinator – Drip Irrigation Training Program for Farmers and Extension officers of the Southern Province (Project Sponsored by the Office of the National Unity and Reconciliation [ONUR], Sri Lanka) 2017

  • Academic Warden - Faculty of Agriculture (2016/17)

  • Student counsellor – Faculty of Agriculture (March 2015 – March 2016)

  • 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 - Academic committee

  • Member - Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Faculty of Agriculture

  • Member - Curriculum development committee

  • Member - Industrial Training Committee, Faculty of Agriculture

  • 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.P.C., Jayasinghe, G.Y., Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Perera, M.M.D.S., Sakai, K. (2018) Evaluation of Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (Apsim) As A Yield Predictor for Maize Cropping Systems in Sri Lanka. Jaffna University International Research Conference (JUICE), Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

 

Pushpitha, N.P.G., Weerasinghe, K.D.N., Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Jayasinghe, G.Y., 2018. Design and performance testing of a polymer electrolyte membrane cell for ozone generation in mobile water treatment. In: Proceedings of the Wayamba University International Conference. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka, p. 33.

 

Lipitha, M., Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Kumarasinghe H.K.M.S., Ruwanpathirana P.P., Jayasinghe G.Y. (2018) Evaluation of Naturally Available Plant Material as Amendments to Neutralize Alkaline Potting Media. Wayamba International Conference (WINC), Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka.

 

Waragoda, W.M.S.C., Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Jayasinghe G.Y. (2018) Effectiveness of polyvinyl acetate as an artificial soil binding agent: A laboratory level experiment, Wayamba International Conference (WINC), Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka.

 

Chathurangi, A.W.I, Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Perera, M.M.D.S., Herath, H.M.P.I.K, Sakai, K., Jayasinghe, G.Y. (2017) Adaptability of Agricultural Producation Simulator (APSIM) – Maize Model in Intermediate Zone of Sri Lanka. 10th International Research Conference, General Sir John KotalawalaDefence University of Sri Lanka (KDUIRC), Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Wanniarachchi, S.D., Samarawickrama, U.I. (2016). Soil carbon storage potential of the home gardens adjoining selected natural forests of the southern Sri Lanka, in: 21st International Forestry Symposium. University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, p. 106.

 

Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Razafindrabe, B.H.N., Inoue, S., Moritera, H. (2016). A convenient approach to assess the relative proportions of dissolved ions in the moving soil solution by using ion exchange membranes, in: 13th Academic Sessions of University of Ruhuna. Faculty of Agricultue, University of Ruhuna, p. 78.

 

Wijekoon, W.M.C.J., Kaumal, M.N., Perumpuli, P.A.B.N. (2016). Edible Salt: A possible source of heavy metal intake in Sri Lanka, in: International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE). Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, pp. 262–264.

 

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.

Undergraduate


Introductory Soil Science (SS1201)

Soil Plant Relations and Nutrient Management (SS2101)

Research Methodology and Scientific Writing (Course coordinator) (CC3202)

Technical Writing and Presentation Skills (CC4102)

Techniques in Soil Research (Course coordinator) (SS4104)

Land Suitability Evaluation (elective) (Course coordinator) (SS3102)

Final Year Soil Science Specialization Program (Coordinator) (SS4200)


Other student-related information

Industrial Training Coordinator for the Department


CCPDHE (staff development program)

Referencing tools for scientific writing