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Department of Geography

University of Peradeniya

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Mr. Ashvin Wickramasooriya

Bachelor of Science (Special) Honours in Geology (Peradeniya), M. Phil (PGIS-Peradeniya), Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGIA-Peradeniya), Postgraduate Course on Aseismic design and construction of engineering structures (Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, Skopje, Macedonia)

awickramasooriya@gmail.com
ashvin@pdn.ac.lk
+94 779406168
+94 812392674

Biography

Mr. Ashvin Wickramasooriya, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. He entered to the University of Peradeniya in 1993 and completed the B. Sc. Geology Special Degree in 1997 and then obtained his M. Phil Degree from the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya in 2008. Then he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya in 2010. After graduation he was attached to the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau as a Trainee Geologist (from March, 1997 to August, 1998), Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya as a Research Assistant in the Coastal Geographical Information Systems Project (from September, 1998 to August, 2000), South Eastern University of Sri Lanka as a Lecturer in Earth Sciences (from June, 2001 to October, 2008) and as a Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences (from October, 2008 to July, 2013). After successfully completed the Teaching in Higher Education course conducted by the Staff Development Center, University of Colombo, he was awarded as an Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA), United Kingdom in 2003. His fields of research interests are Natural disasters, Coastal geomorphology, Geoinformatics, Surface and groundwater hydrology, etc.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (Special) Honours in Geology (Peradeniya)
  • M. Phil (PGIS-Peradeniya)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGIA-Peradeniya)
  • Postgraduate Course on Aseismic design and construction of engineering structures (Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, Skopje, Macedonia)

Appointments

  • Chairman – Senior Student Counselors, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Chairman – Senior Student Counselors, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Coordinator for the proposed New Degree Programme - B. Sc in Geographical Information Science, Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya
  • Chairman – Safety Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2017 - 2018)
  • Member of the Carrier Guidance and Advisory Board, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Member of the Physical Education & Sports Advisory Committee, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Member of the Student Residence Committee, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Member of the, Arts Council, University of Peradeniya (2018)
  • Senior Students' Counselor (part time), Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya – 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Subject Coordinatorfor the Earth Science Division, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (2001 to 2004), 2006, (2011 - 2012)
  • Students' Counselor, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013 (January to July)
  • Academic Sub Warden for the students' hostel (male) of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - 2003, 2005 & 2011
  • Coordinator and the Lecturer in-charge of the South East seismic monitoring station - (2003 to 2005)
  • Board member of theM. Sc in Environmental Science course introduced by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (2003 to 2007)
  • Memberof the Faculty Research and Publication Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (2002 to 2004) and (2012 - 2013)
  • Memberof the Curriculum Development Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - (2001 - 2004)
  • Member of the Faculty Carrier Guidance Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka - 2002 & 2003
  • Session Chairman of the Annual Science Research Session -2012 (ASRS2012) organized by theFaculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka from 28 - 29, March, 2012

Research Interests

  • Research Interests:Natural disasters, Coastal geomorphology, Geohazards, Surface and groundwater hydrology, Geoinformatics applications. Drone managing

Publications

  • Dan Matsumoto, Toshihiko Shimamoto, Takehiro Hirose, JagathGunatilake, Ashvin Wickramasooriya, Jeffrey DeLile, Sansfica Young, ChamindaRathnayake, Jay Ranasooriya, Masafumi Murayama (2010), Thickness and grain-size distribution of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami deposits in PeriyaKalapuwa Lagoon, eastern Sri Lanka, Journal of Sedimentary Geology , vol. 230, no. 3, pp. 95-156, 2010
  • Wickramasooriya, A. K (2013), Effect of agricultural practices on urban river system : A case study using Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka, 16th RiverSymposium, Brisbane, Australia, 23 - 27 September, 2013
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2012), Demarcation of landslide risk areas in central highlands of Sri Lanka using special technology, NIT4NDM International conference 2012, Galadhari Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka, 07 – 08 November, 2012
  • Wickramasooriya, A. K (2012), Application of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis method to demarcate landslide risk areas in central highlands of Sri Lanka, 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 05 – 10. August, 2012
  • Wickramasooriya, A. K (2012), How can geoscientists best engage with the public and high school pupils, 2nd World YES Congress Early Career Earth Scientists For Society, Brisbane, Australia, 05 – 10. August, 2012
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2012), Micro-seismic hazards in Sri Lanka, Young Scientists Forum, National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) Newsletter-2012 (Issue 1, January – July, 2012),ISBN 2235 – 9184
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2012), Analysis of coastal erosion trends based on existing physical conditions along the Southwest coastal zone of Sri Lanka, Faculty of Applied Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sammanthurai, 28th – 29th March, 2012
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2012), Landslide risk mapping in central province using GIS techniques, Young Scientists Forum Symposium 2011, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo 07, Jan. 27, 2012
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2011), Characteristics of Quaternary Red and Brown Earth deposits in North Western province of Sri Lanka, The World Conference on Paleontology and Stratigraphy (WCPS2011), Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Nov. 28 – Dec. 03, 2011
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2011), Mitigation of Landslide Risks in Sri Lanka, Young Scientists Forum, National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) Newsletter-2011 (Issue 2 – July – December, 2011),ISBN 2235 – 9184
  • Wickranmasooriya, A.K, (2011), Effect of Geomorphology and Climatic Conditions on Coastal Flood Risks in Southern and Western Coastal Zone of Sri Lanka, XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 28 June - 7 July 2011
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2011), Tsunami and its effect on coastal and marine ecosystems of Southern and Eastern coastal zones of Sri Lanka (poster), HydroEco2011 conference, Vienna Austria, 01 – 05 May, 2011
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2011), Application of spatial technology for planning and implementation of development activities in Eastern and Northern coasts of Sri Lanka, International Symposium On “Post-War Economic Development Through Science, Technology and Management”, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, 19 – 21 April, 2011
  • Wickramasooriya , A.K(2011), Preliminary flood risk intensity map of Southern province of Sri Lanka, National Symposium on “Disaster : Reduction, Mitigation and Management”, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, 25th – 26th February, 2011
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2009), Identification of groundwater potential zones in Sri Lanka using aerial photography, GIS and Remote Sensing, 1st World Young Earth Scientists Congress 2009 (YES2009), Beijing, China, Oct. 24 - 28, 2009
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2009), Identification of landslide risks in and around central highlands of Sri Lanka, 1st World Young Earth Scientists Congress 2009 (YES2009), Beijing, China, Oct. 24 - 28, 2009
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, Wickramagamage, P and Nawaratne, S.W (2008), Geoinformatics applications for the verification of coastal erosion sensitive segments along Southern and Southwest coastal zone of Sri Lanka, 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, Aug. 06 – 14, 2008
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2008), Importance of introducing Geoscience for the secondary and post secondary education level in Sri Lanka, 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, Aug. 06 – 14, 2008
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K and Dharmagunawardena, H.A (2008), Effect of surface water infiltration on groundwater Fluoride concentration close to an irrigation tank in Polonnaruwa district in Sri Lanka,33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, Aug. 06 – 14, 2008
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2007), Influence of Geological structure of Sri Lanka on micro seismic activities, International conference on “Mitigation of the risk of natural hazards”, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Mar. 27 – 28, 2007
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2006), Trends of seismic activities in Sri Lanka and their effect on dams and tunnels, ASC2006 conference, Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 07 – 10, 2006
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2006), Teacher training is the most effective method of promoting geosciences at school level in Sri Lanka, GeoSciEd V 2006 conference, University of Bayreuth,Germany, Sep. 18 – 21, 2006
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2006), Remote Sensing and Geoinformation systems approach as a solution for landslide risk management in Sri Lanka, International Disaster Risk Reduction Conference (IDRC Davos2006), Davos, Switzerland, Aug. 27 – Sep. 01, 2006
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, (2005), Environmental problems in Sri Lankan coastal zone, 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community, Bonn, Germany, Oct. 09 – 13, 2005
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2007), Modifying teaching and assessment methods to improve practical performance in students, 3rd Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAIHEE) conference on“Developing skills in university lecturers and students”, University of Colombo, April 27, 2007
  • Wickramasooriya , A.K, Nawarathne, S.W, and Wickramagamage, P(2007), Application of Geograpical Information Systems techniques to demarcate coastal erosion sensitive segments with respect to available surface materials along Southwest coastal zone of Sri Lanka, 23rd Annual sessions of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka, University of Peradeniya, Feb. 23, 2007
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2006), The needs for early warning systems to monitor common natural hazards and disasters in Sri Lanka, 22nd Annual sessions of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Feb. 24, 2006
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K (2006), Relationship between the lithological characteristics and the coastal erosion trends along the Southern and Southwest coastal zone of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) 62nd Annual Sessions, Colombo, Dec. 10 – 15, 2006
  • Wickramasooriya, A.K, Wickramagamage, P, Nawaratne, S.W, and Wickramarathne, S.N (2006), Spatial variation of surface materials and wave energy and their effect on the coastal erosion along Southwest coastal zone of Sri Lanka (poster), 10th anniversary celebrations of the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, March 28, 2006
  • Perera, A.G.S.R, De Silva, S.N. and Wickramasooriya, A.K (1998), Application of Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES) techniques for Limestone exploration at Vanathavillu area, Puttalam district, Sri Lanka, 15th Annual sessions of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka, Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, Aug. 21, 1998

Awards and scholarships

  • Merit Award for Scientific Publication – 2010, Awarded by National Research Council (NRC), Sri Lanka
  • Prof. M.T.M. Jiffry Memorial Award for the Excellence in Popularization and Promotion of Science – awarded by theNational Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, Commendation award 2010
  • Young Scientists award for the Excellence in Popularization and Promotion of Science – 2009”, awarded by the Young Scientists Forum, National Science and Technology Commission, Ministry of Technology and Research, Sri Lanka
  • "Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education" – awarded by the Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA), United Kingdom (2003)
  • International Geosciences Education Organization (IGEO)- Council Member (2006 to 2010)
  • Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID) - Commissioner (2008 - 2012)
  • International Association of Hydrological Science (IAHS) – Member (from 2005)
  • International Union of Geological Sciences Commission of Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (IUGS-COGE) - Commissioner (from 2008)
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)-Member (from 2012)
  • Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) - Life Member, Secretary (2010/2011), Treasurer (2003/2004 & 2004/2005)
  • Institute of Geology Sri Lanka (IGSL) – Founder member
  • Institute of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka (IEPSL) - Life Member
  • Institute of Applied Statistics Sri Lanka (IASSL) - Life member
  • Geoinformatics Society of Sri Lanka (GISSL) - Life Member, Joint Secretary (2007/2008) & (2008/2009), Member of the Editorial Board (2005/2006 & 2009/2010)
  • Young Scientists Forum of National Science & Technology Commission, Sri Lanka -Chairman (2009), Joint Secretary (2008)
  • Alumina Association of the University of Peradeniya - Life Member, Assistant Secretary (2010/2011), General Secretary (Oct. 2010 to Mar. 2011), Treasurer (2011/2012)
  • University of Peradeniya Science Alumina Association (UPSAA) - Life Member
  • Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - Life Member
  • Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (SSSSL) - Life Member

Young Earth Scientists Network (Sri Lankan Chapter) - Founder Chairman

International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) - Coordinator for the Sri Lankan National Committee

World Young Earth Scientists (YES) Network- Secretary of the Outreach activities team – (2010 – 2012)

Sri Lanka Earth Science Olympiad Committee – Chairman (2009 – 2012)

Co-coordinator of theNational Symposium on “Disaster : Reduction, Mitigation and Management”, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy from 25th – 26th February, 2011 organized by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka

Mentor of the Sri Lanka team participated at the 4th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) competition, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 19 – 28, September, 2010

Coordinator of the 2nd Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition, University of Peradeniya, 25th May, 2010

Country representative of the International Year of Planet Earth Lisbon Event, Lisbon, Portugal , 19 – 22 November, 2009

Secretary to the Vice President of the Scientific Program of 1st World Young Earth Scientists Congress, Beijing, China, 24 – 28 October, 2009

Moderator of the Roundtable session on “Issues facing Global Geoscience Education and Research” at the 1st World Young Earth Scientists Congress, Beijing, China, 24 – 28 October, 2009

Organizing committee member of the Geoscience for Global Development (GeoDev) conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh from October 26 – 31, 2009

Mentor of the Sri Lanka team participated at the 3rd International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) competition, Taipei, Taiwan from 14 – 22, September, 2009

Coordinator of theawareness programmeon “New Technology in Educational Planning and Management”, organized jointly byGeo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (GISSL)&Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya In collaboration with Central Provincial Department of Education, 30th January, 2009 at Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

Coordinator of the Career Guidance Workshop on "Promoting Earth Science for the Society" organized by the Young Earth Scientisct Network and the University of Peradeniya University Geological Society, 04th December, 2012

Reviewer (session on "Subaerial and marine landslide hazards")of the 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 05 - 10, August 2012

Chief Editorof the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) 2011 Symposium organized by the Young Scientists Forum of the National Science and Technology Commission Sri Lanka, 27th January 2012 in Colombo

Chief Editor of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) Newsletter-2011 (Issue 1) (January – July, 2011),ISBN 2235 – 9184

Chief Editor of theNational Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) Newsletter-2011 (Issue 2) (July – December, 2011),ISBN 2235 – 9184

Member of the panel of reviewers of the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC), Davos, Switzerland, 30th May - 06th June, 2010

Member of the Editorial Board, Sri Lanka Journal of Geo-Informatics, Volume 05 - 2008

Member of the panel of reviewers, Sixth National Symposium on Geo-Informatics, organized by the Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka,31st July, 2009

Member of the Editorial Board, Sri Lanka Journal of Geo-Informatics, Volume 03 – 2006

Contributed to draft the International Geoscience Syllabus prepared by the International Geoscience Organization and the International Union of Geosciences (2012)

Guest of honour at the at the "Equinox 14" Annual Science Day 2014 organized by the Science Union of the DudelySenanayake Central College, Tholangamuwa and deliver a speech on "Minerals, Rocks and Rock weathering", on 15th October, 2013

Member of the Scientific & Technical Advisory Group of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC to be held from 24 - 28 August, 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

Guest of honour at the at the "Exousia 14" Annual Science Day 2014 organized by the Science Society of the Pushpadana Girls' College, Kandy and deliver a speech on "Natural and man-made disasters", on 31st January, 2014

Member of the panel of reviewers, Proceedings of the 3rd Young Scientists Forum Conference organized by the National Science and Technology Commission on 07th February, 2014 at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI), Colombo 07