Dr. R.S. Dharmakeerthi

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

 
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Office Address: 

Department of Soil Science

Faculty of Agriculture,

University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

 Email: 

dharmakeerthirs@gmail.com  

Telephone: 

+94-812-395 341 (office)

Personal Website: 
 

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • B.Sc. (Agric) - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1990
  • M.Sc. (Agric) - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1994
  • Ph.D. - University of Guelph, Canada, 2002
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Honours and Awards:

  • US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Advanced Research & Lecturing Award (2012/13)
  • Presidential Awards for Research – (2005, 2006)
  • IRRDB Rubber Photography Competition – Merit Prize (2006)
  • Canadian Soil Science Society Travel Award (2002)
  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship (1998) (Open competitive)
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Research Interests:

  • Understanding biogeochemical processes of pyrolysed C in agricultural soils.
  • Evaluate the potential of biochar as a soil amendment to arrest productivity decline in agricultural soils and to mitigate climate change under tropical conditions.
  • Investigate spatio-temporal variability and dependency of soil properties and crop growth.

Appointments:

  • Acting Head, Soils and Plant Nutrition Dept. Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka (2006/7, 2013/14)
  • Principal Soil Scientist, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka (2004-2014).
  • Research Officer and Senior Research Officer, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka (1991-2004)
  • Member, Fertilizer Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka (2006/7, 2013/14)
  • Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting Research Fellow – Cornell University, USA (2012/13)
  • Visiting Professor – University of Guelph, Canada (2009)
  • Consultant – Cambodian Rubber Research Institute (2013)
  • Visiting Lecturer – Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, and Uwa-Wellassa University, Sri Lanka