Dr. W. A. Udayakantha Vitharana

Senior Lecturer

 
Office Address: 

Dept. Of Soil Science

Faculty of Agriculture,

University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

 Email: 

uvithara@pdn.ac.lk

Telephone: 

+94 (0) 812395201

Personal Website: 
 
 

Biography:

  • Dr. W. A. U. Vitharana graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 1998. Later, he joined to the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya and possesses 10 years of teaching and research experience as a Lecturer to senior lecturer at the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Ghent University, Belgium on the soil spatial inventory techniques in support of Site-Specific Soil Management. Presently, his research activities are mainly focused on the application of Pedometric techniques for soil mapping, spatial characterization for soil properties and sustainable land use planning and management, site-specific plant nutrient management. Also, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on soil survey and classification, land use planning, physics, plant nutrition and introductory courses on soil science.

Educational Qualifications:

  • PhD in Applied Biological Sciences: Land Management and Forestry Ghent University, Belgium Thesis title: Spatial Inventory Techniques in Support of Site-Specific Soil Management Supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Marc Van Meirvenne
  • M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources Ghent University, Belgium. Thesis title: Evaluation of Pedometrical Techniques to Delineate Potential Management Zones at Within-field ScaleSupervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Marc Van Meirvenne
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.Thesis title: In-vitro Mutagenesis of Hosta sieboldianaSupervisor: Prof. S. E. Peiris
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Awards:

  • PhD scholarship from the Special Research Fund of the Ghent University, Beligum (2004-2008).
  • Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) scholarship for the advance university education in Flanders, Belgium (2002-2004)
  • Yearly award of De Boodt-Maselis for Eremology (2003 – 2004) for outstanding scholarly during M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources at Gent University, Belgium.
  • Scholarship for most meritorious students in the faculty of Agriculture, by Chemical Industries Ceylon (CIC) Ltd.(1998)
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Teaching Areas:

  • Land evaluation
  • Soil survey and classification
  • Principles of soil physics
  • Digital soil mapping
  • Land degradation and conservation
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Research Interests:

  • Digital (predictive) soil mapping by means of exhaustive secondary information
  • Characterization of spatial variability of soil properties and processes to support Beneficial Management Practices
  • Upgrading and updating area class soil maps
  • Site-specific soil management
  • Land evaluation

Academic / Research / Professional Experience:

    • Appointments:

    • Head: Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (from January 2013 – to date)
    • Member of the Management Committee, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (from January 2015 – to date)
    • Senior lecturer II: Department of soil science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (from January 2009 to date)
    • Editor: Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka (from April 2012)
    • Lecturer: Department of soil science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (from ] May 2001 to  December 2008)
    • Plantation Monitoring officer: Ministry of Plantation Industries, Vauxhall Lane (from October 1999 to May 2001)
    • Temporary assistant lecturer: Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture (from February 1999 to October 1999)
    • Visiting Appointments:
    • Visiting lecturer: Postgraduate institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (from March 2009 to date)
    • Secretary: Board of Study in Soil Science, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya (from March 2009 to date)
    • Scientist: Department of Geology and Soil Science, Ghent University, Belgium (October – December 2009).
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