Professor G.W.A. Rohan Fernando

Professor G.W.A. Rohan Fernando

B.Sc. (Perad, SL), M.Phil.(Perad, SL), Ph.D (Mainz, Germany)

Professor in Geology

Department of Physics
2nd floor, Left Wing, Science and Technology Building, Room No : 211

Tel : +94-112881451 (451)

E-Mail : gwfer@ou.ac.lkrohanfernandoousl@gmail.com

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I have completed my primary education in Christchurch College, Matale (1969-1973) and then attended to Ananda College, Colombo for my Secondary education (1974-1981). My undergraduate education was completed in University of Peradeniya, with a B.Sc special degree in geology in 1991. I was attached to Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy during my post-graduate studues and obtained my MPhil from University of Peradeniya in 1995. I got a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) in 1996 to continue my tertiary education leading to PhD in University of Mainz, Germany, where I worked under world renewed metamorphic petrologist, Prof. Lukas P. Baumgartner. I obtained my PhD in 2001. Soon after, I was offered the Senior Lecturer position at Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya till I join the OUSL in October 2003 as Senior Lecturer. I became a Professor in Geology based on Merit in November 2011. I have been offered my service as visiting lecturer to the Department of Chemistry, University of Ruhuna (2001-2017), Department of Physics, University of Colombo (2011-2015), Department of Nuclear Science, University of Colombo (2015), M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (2001- upto date), Department of Science and Technology, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (2011-up todate).

I have more than ten years (13) experience in academic administration in various educational institutes and twelve (14) years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience including applied geophysics, geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, introductory geology, planetary geology, igneous and metamorphic geology, advanced geochemistry, phase petrology, Precambrian geology, geological mapping in Precambrian terrains, environmental geology, introduction to geological research and instrumental analysis. My active research publications across a wide spectrum of geology including: the mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of high temperature metamorphic rocks, with a focus on metasomatism associated mineralogical alteration mechanisms and its fluid flow modelling; Gondwana reconstruction; calc-silicate rocks; Precambrian mineral deposits, formation of gemstones and gem exploration; exploring the geochemical applications in environmental effects especially in several health hazards including goitre, chronic renal failure and acid sulphate soils. Currently, the Principal Investigator and recipient of several environmental related research grants in Sri Lanka. International collaboration involves with Austrian – Sri Lanka joint research program on Gondwana reconstruction and German – Sri Lanka joint research on elucidation of cooling history of Sri Lankan crust.

 I actively involved in promoting earth science education in Sri Lanka since 2001. I enjoy sharing my passion for geology and environmental science and research with members of the general public, frequently giving talks in schools and, organizing or taking part in outreach events for students and school teachers.

 Course Co-ordination

PHU5305, PHU5306, PHU5308, PHPA309, PHPA311

  Area of Specialization     Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry

  Research Interests     Mineralogy, Petrology and environmental Science

BOOK

Pitawala, A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2010). Mineral Resources of Sri Lanka (in Sinhala), National Science Foundation, Popular Science Series, No. 14, 120pp (ISBN-978-955-590-090-4)

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (Full Papers)

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Dharmapriya, P.L. and Baumgartner, Lukas P. (2017). Silica-undersaturated reaction zones at a crust–mantle interface in the Highland Complex, Sri Lanka: Mass transfer and melt infiltration during high-temperature metasomatism Lithos, 284-285, p.236-257. (Impact factor 3.723)

Fernando, G.W.A.R., P.L.C.L. Liyanage, Anushka Upamali Rajapaksha, Meththika Vithanage (2017). Medical Geology of Endemic Goiter in Kalutara, Sri Lanka; Distribution and Possible Causes, Environmental Geology and Health, (impact factor 2.616)

A.R. Sumanarathna, W.A.Kanthika, G.W.A.R Fernando, E.I.P. Silva, D.K. Hathalahawaththa, S.L.Sewwanndi, A.C. Silva. (2017). AN ASSESSEMENT OF PALEOENVIROMENT OF THE RAKWANA-PANNILA LIMESTONE MOUNTAIN OF SRI LANKA, Journal of Eco Astronomy (2017), Vol 01, Issue 01, PP 32-42

Karunaratne, P.C.T. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2015). Characterization and Radiation Impact of Corrugated Asbestos Roofing Sheets in Sri Lanka, J Geol. Soc. of Sri Lanka, Vol 17, 31-40.

Hewawasam, Tilak, Fernando, G.W.A.R., and Priyashantha, Danushka (2014). Geo-vegetation and Soil-chemical Characteristics of Indikolapelessa Serpentinite Body, Southern Sri Lanka, J. Earth ScienceVol. 25No. 1, p. 152–168, DOI: 10.1007/s12583-014-0409-7.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Baumgartner, L.P. and Hofmeister W. (2013). High-temperature metasomatism and retrogression of granulite facies ultramafics from the Highland Complex of Sri Lanka: Field relationships, phase equilibria and fluid fluxes, J Geol. Soc. of Sri Lanka, Vol 15, 162-181.

G.W.A.R. Fernando, A. Pitawala, T.H.N.G. Amaraweera. (2011). Emplacement and Evolution History of Pegmatites and Hydrothermal Deposits, Matale District, Sri Lanka,  International Journal of GeoscienceVol.2, No3 , 348-362. DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2011.23037

Nupearachchi, C.N., Prematilaka, K.M., Attanayake, A.N.B., Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2010). Subsurface Geological and Hydrogeological Conditions of Matale District, Sri Lanka: Inferred from Vertical Electrical Sounding Curves, J. Open University of Sri Lanka, 6:89-100

Pitawala, A., Fernando, G.W.A.R. and Weerasinghe, C. (2009). Chemical and Structural Changes of Biotite during the Preparation of Ayurvedic Medicine, J. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka, 13:15-22

Ranasinghe, P.N., Fernando, G.W.A.R., Wimalasena, M.D.N.R., Ekanayake, S.P. and Siriwardena, Y.P.S. (2009) Role of Geological Vs Non Geological Factors in Die back of Montane Forests in Sri Lanka, J. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka, 13:23-46

Fernando, G.W.A.R.  and R. K. N. Suranganee (2009). Development of Acid Sulphate Soils in Nilwala Flood Protection area, Matara, Sri Lanka, J. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka, 13:71-82

Ranasinghe, P.N., G.W.A.R Fernando, C.B.Dissanayake, M.S. Rupasinghe, and D. L. Witter (2009). A Statistical Evaluation of Stream Sediment Geochemistry in Interpreting the River Catchment of High-Grade Metamorphic Terrains, J. Geochem. Explor.Volume 103, Issues 2-3, Pages 97-114 doi:10.1016/j.gexplo.2009.07.003

Ranasinghe, P.N., Fernando, G.W.A.R., Dissanayake, C.B. and Rupasinghe, M.S. (2008). Stream Sediment Geochemistry of the Upper Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka – Geological and Environmental Significance, J. Geochem. Explor, 99:1-28  doi:10.1016/j.gexplo.2008.02.001.

Pitawala, A. Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Fernando, G.W.A.R. and Hauzenberger, C.A (2008). Pegmatites Derived from Fractionation of a Melt: an Example from Pegmatites in the Owala-Kaikawala area, Matale, Sri Lanka, Journal of Geol. Soc. India, 72-6, 815-822 (ISSN 0016-7622)

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Hauzenberger, Christoph A., Baumgartner, Lukas P. and Hofmeister, Wolfgang (2003) Modelling of Retrograde diffusion zoning in garnet: Implications for cooling history of mafic granulites in Highland Complex of Sri Lanka, Mineralogy and Petrology, Vol 78:1-2, 53-71

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Hauzenberger, Christoph A. and Hofmeister, Wolfgang (2001). Origin of Gemstones in Sri Lanka: Evidences from Case studies of in-situ Corundum deposits, J. Geol. Soc. of Sri Lanka, Vol. 10, 37-47

Mathavan, V. and Fernando G.W.A.R. (2001). Reactions and textures in grossular-wollastonite-scapolite calc-silicate granulites from Maligawila, Sri Lanka: evidence for high-temperature isobaric cooling in the meta-sediments of the Highland Complex, Lithos, Vol 59(4), 217-232.

Fernando, G.W.A.R.  and Hofmeister, W. (2000). Origin of economically important gem minerals in Sri Lanka: implications from corundum-spinel-scheelite-taafeite rocks. In: Applied Mineralogy in research, economy, technology, ecology and culture Vol. 1, Rammlmair, D, Mederer, J., Oberthür, Th., Heimann, R.B and Pentinghaus, H. (eds.)., A.A Balkema publishers, Rotterdam, The Nederlands, pp. 293-296

Mathavan, V., Kalubandara, S.T. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2000). Occurrences of two new types of gem deposits in the Okkampitiya gem field, Sri Lanka, J. Gemmology, Vol. 27-2, 65-72

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Rupasinghe, M.S. and Dissanayake, C.B. (1995). Application of statistical modelling as a tool in gem exploration for sedimentary gem deposits in high-grade gneiss terranes with special emphasis to Sri Lanka, J. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka, vol. 6:15-26

EXTENDED ABSTRACTS (Peer Reviewed)

Aravinda Ravibhanu Sumanarathna, Buddhika Madurapperuma, Therangika Ashani Hangawatta, G. W. A. R. Fernando (2018). Developing Coastal Digital Elevation Model (DEM) to Indicate Tsunami Flooding Topography in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka, Eco astronomy Grand Day Online Abstract  Series 1 [5thApril 2018], p.10-13

K.W. Indika, E.M.S. Wijerathne, G. W. A. R. Fernando and S.S.L.Hettiarachch (2017). Sea Level Variability in the East  Coast of Male, Maldives, Proceeding of the 15th Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2017), p513-517

Karunaratne, P.C.T. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2015). Non-Asbestos form building materials for Sustainable City Planning in Sri Lanka, Proceeding of the international conference of the ‘Cities, peoples and places ICCCP 2015’from 26th to 27th October 2015 in Hotel Hilton, Colombo, p.583-600.

Arachchi, R.C.W. & Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2013). Reduction of Chromium Levels in Waste Water and Industrial Sludge using Low Cost Stabilization Technology, 2nd Sri Lankan Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SLRSCP), 21st-22nd February 2013, Colombo, p. 78-79.

Herath, H.M.A.B.,  K.B. Ranawana and G. W.A.R. Fernando (2012). Forest Die-Back at Rajawaka Forest Reserve at Balangoda: Results of Preliminary Observations, OUSL Annual Sessions, p. 222-225.

G.Bandarage, G.W.A.R. Fernando, C.N.Nupearachchi, P.K.D.Peiris, J.C.N.Rajendra, K. D.V.F. Siriwardena, R.U.Tantrigoda, J. Wattavidanage, and  S.R. Weerakoon (2011). Experience in Implementing a Student Support Programme based on the “PASS” model for B.Sc. Undergraduates at the Open University of Sri Lanka Proceed. 7th Ann. Sess. OUSL, 56-59 

Somapala, K.S. and Fernando, G.W.A .R.(2011) Origin of the Silica Sand Deposits in Western Sri Lanka with special emphasis to the Ekala Deposit, Proceed. 7th Ann. Sess. OUSL, 299-302

Shanmuganathan, S., Manobavan, M. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2009). Analyzing changes in surface- subsurface hydrology in Vavunia UC limits, Proceedings of the sixth National Symposium on Geo-informatics, Colombo, July 31, 2009, pp.63-74

Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Pitawala, H.M.T.G.A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2007) Stability of Mica, K-Feldspar and Apatite in Water, Organic Matters and Citric Acid, Proceeding of the 2nd Earth Resource Engineering Conference (ERE 2007), Colombo, November 2, 2007,  pp.25-28

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Attanayake, A.N.B. and Hofmeister, W. (2005). Corundum-Spinel-Taaffeite-Scheelite-bearing metasomatites in Bakamuna, Sri Lanka: Modeling of its formation, Proceeding of the 3rd International Workshop on ‘Gem materials and modern analytical methods’, Hanoi, Vietnam, September 26 – October 2, pp117-124.

Hauzenberger, Christoph A., Haeger, Tobias, Hofmeister, W., Quang, V.X.  Fernando G.W.A.R. (2003). Origin and Formation of Gem Quality Corundum from Vietnam, Proceeding of the 2nd International Workshop on ‘Geo- and Material-Science on Gem-Minerals of Vietnam’, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 1-8, pp24-33. (Cited by 1)

Fernando G.W.A.R., Lukas P. Baumgartner, Hauzenberger C.A., Hofmeister W. (2003). Cooling Rates of the Precambrian Basement of Sri Lanka: Problems and Perspectives, Proceeding of the IGCP-440 and LEGENDS International Symposium and Field Workshop on “The Role of Sri Lanka in Rodinia and Gondwana Assembly and Break-up”, March-April 2003, Centenary Publication, Geological Survey & Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka (K.V.W. Kehelpannala Ed) pp 18-21

Lukas P. Baumgartner, Fernando G.W.A.R., Hauzenberger C.A., Hofmeister W. (2001). A metamorphic petrologist’s view on gemstone formation: an example from Sri Lanka, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Material Caracterization by Solid State Spectroscopy: Gems and Minerals of Vietnam, Hofmeister W., Dao, N.Q. and Quang, V.X. (eds)., pp139-144

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & ABSTRACTS

K.M.D.P. Kodithuwakku, T.H.N.G Amaraweera, G.W.A.R Fernando, K.W.S.N Kumari (2018). Performance of a Garnet Filter Media Develop from Red Beach Sand in Sri Lanka in Removal of Turbidity in Water, Proceed, 5th Research Congress of Postgraduate Institute of Science (RESCON 2018), 9th and 10th November 2018,Kandy, Sri Lanka, p.

Y.P. Kumara, H.B. Jayasiri, G.W.A.R. Fernando (2017). DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE OF MARINE PLANKTON AND HYDROGRAPHY IN SOUTHERN BAY OF BENGAL, Proceedings of the Postgraduate Institute of Science Research Congress, Sri Lanka: 8th  – 9th September, 2017, p.36

Attanayake, D.S.M. and Fernando, G. W. A. R. (2017). POSSIBLE CAUSATIVE FACTORS FOR DENTAL FLUOROSIS IN THE MONARAGALA DISTRICT, Proceedings of the Postgraduate Institute of Science Research Congress, Sri Lanka: 8th  – 9th September, 2017, p.35

Fernando, G. W. A. R., Bandara, S.P.S., Malalgoda, D., Igalavithana (2016). Modelling of groundwater quality in the area around Rathupaswala in the Gampaha district of Sri Lanka, Proceed. 5th Intern. Conference of Water Quality and Humam Health, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peraeniya, Sri Lanka, p. 5.

Paul Petschnig, Christoph Hauzenberger, G.W.A. Rohan Fernando and Harald Fritz (2016). Granulite Facies vestiges in the Vijayan Complex, Sri Lanka: New Petrological and Geochemical Evidences, Proceed. 32nd Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), p.10

Sarathchandra, G.Y.A.N., Fernando, G.W.A.R. and Rajapakshe, A.U. (2016). Iodine and selenium levels in water sources and goiter distribution in the Nuwara-Eliya district. Proceed. PGIS Research Congress, 7th and 8th October 2016, p.15

Wijayathunga, Lasanthi and G.W.A. Rohan Fernando (2016). Spatial Variation of Geochemical Parameters due to recent excavation of lakes in Colombo Surburbs with special reference to Thalawathugoda area, Proceed. 32nd Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), p.14

Indika, K.W., G. W. A. Rohan Fernando, K. Arulananthan and E.M.S. Wijerathne (2016). Determination of Long Term Sea Level Rise in the Northern Indian Ocean, Proceed. National Conference on Geospatial Sciences & Disaster Management 2016, p. 12

Ranatunge, D. and G.W.A.R. Fernando (2015). Powder XRD Study of Gem Quality Corundum (Alpha-Al2O3): A Qualitative Method to Identify Synthetic and Natural Corundum, Proceedings of the 31st Technical Session of Geological Society of Sri Lanka, Published Online – 27th February 2015 (http://www.gsslweb.org), p.13.

Shantharuban, S., Vinobaba, P. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2012). Water pollution in Valachchanei lagoon due to different industrial effluents, Proceedings of the 17th International Forestry and Environment Symposium, p.50.

C.M.N. Nikagolla, G.W.A.R. Fernando, M.M.C.U.B. Moremada, D. Malalgoda,, J.P.D.K.Jayalath and U. Lekammudiyanse (2012) A 2-D Resistivity Survey to Investigate Subsurface Limestone Cavities at Madalawala Ulpotha, Sri Lanka., Proceed. 28th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL),pp.6

Shanmuganathan, S., Manobavan, M, and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2010). The importance of the small-tank cascade system for the sustainable production of water in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, proceed. 9th Asia-Pacific Round Table for Sustainable Consumption and Production, p 57

Herath, K.R.P.K. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2009) Discovery of Gem Quality Opal in Crystalline Rocks at Wellawaya, Sri Lanka, Proceed. 25th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 1

Senevirathna, N.K.R. Pitawala, A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2009). Economic Potential of Quartzite Gravels from the Matale District, Proceed. 25th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp.5

Nupearachchi, C.N., Prematilaka,K.M., Attanayake, A.N.B. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2009) Subsurface Geological and Hydrogeological Conditions of Matale District as Inferred from Vertical Electrical Sounding Curves, Proceed. 25th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp.8

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Dias, S.V., Jayasinghe, I.M.A., Suranganee, N.,Mudannayake, P. and Dissanayaka, R.N.D.A. (2009). Evaluation of Acid Producing Sulphide materials in Southern Highway Development Project, Proceed. 25th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp.18

Danushka Priyashantha, A.G., Hewawasam, A.L.T.  and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2009) Serpentinite Body at Indikolapelessa: Integrated Study of Geo-Vegetation and Geochemical Mapping, Proceed. 25th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp.21

Ranasinghe, P. N., Fernando, G.W.A.R., Wimalasena, R.N., Ekanayake, S.P. (2008) Role of Possible Soil toxicity in Die back of Montane Forests in Sri Lanka. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., B43B-0439

R.K.N. Suranganee and Fernando, G.W.A.R.(2008). formation of Acid Sulphate Soils after the Nilwala Development Project at Matara, Sri Lanka, Proceed. 64 th Ann. Sess. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci.(SLAAS), pp.91 (D/419).

Thayanath, S., Santharuban, S., Manobavan, M., and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2008). Modeling of Influence of Unnichchai Irrigation Tank on the Batticlaoa Lagoon, Proceed. 17th Annual Sessions of Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, pp 33

Weerasinghe, H.A.S., S. Madawala Weerasinghe, G.W.A.R. Fernando & M.C.M. Iqbal (2008). Soil and Vegetation Heterogeneity on a Serpentine Site in Ussangoda, Sri Lanka, Proceed. 6th Intern. Conf.Serpentine Ecology, 16-23 June 2008, pp.27

Fernando, G.W.A.R. Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Chakraborti, S. and Pitawala A. (2008). Ultra-high temperature of granulite facies metamorphism in the Highland Complex of Sri Lanka, Proceed. 24th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 15

Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Pitawala, H.M.T.G.A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2007) Stability of Mica, K-Feldspar and Apatite in Natural Solutions and Citric Acid, Proceeding of the Proceeding to University of Peradeniya Annual Research Sessions (PURSE) – 30th  November 2007, pp.298-300

Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Pitawala A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2007) Petrogenesis of Pegmatite in and around Owala-Kaikawela area, Sri Lanka. Proceed. 23th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 2

Waduge, I. P, Jayakody, A. S. and Fernando, G. W. A. R. (2007) Use of Different Types of Sri Lankan Carbonate Rocks in Ceramic Industry, Proceed. 23th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 3

Hegoda, C., Pitawala A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2007). The Effect of the Mixture of Paddy and Vinegar on Mica: A Purification Technique used in Ayurvedic Medicine Proceed. 23th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 12

Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Pitawala A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2006). Potential mineral resources and there limitations for the mineral industry – case study from Matale District . Proceeding to University of Peradeniya Annual Research Sessions (PURSE) – 30th  November 2006

Amaraweera, T.H.N.G., Fernando, G.W.A.R. and Pitawala, A.(2006) Study of Mineralization in and Around Matale District Aming at Discovery of New Mineral Occurrences 10th Anniversary Celebration of the PGIS 28 th April 2006 pp.25

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Pitawala, A. and Amaraweera, T.H.N.G. (2006). Two contrasting Mineralized belts in the Matale district: Some Field evidences, Proceed. 22nd Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp. 11.

Fernando, G.W.A.R. (2004). Formation of Gem Minerals of Sri Lanka: Another View With Special Reference to Silica-Undersaturated Corundum (Ruby/Sapphire)-Spinel-Bearing Rocks, Proceed. 2nd Ann. Sess. Open Univ. Nawala, Sri Lanka, pp20

Wijeratne, C.N.B., W.A.D.D. Wijesooriya, D.R.I.B. Werallagama, G.W.A.R. Fernando, and M.I.D.H. Wijewickrama (2004) Designing the low cost sanitary land fill site in the upper Kotmale hydropower project area at Talawakele, Sri Lanka Proceed. 2nd Ann. Sess. Open Univ. Nawala, Sri Lanka, pp24

Senaratne, A., Dharmagunawardena, H.A. and Fernando, G.W.A.R: Discovery of new magnetite deposit in Wellawaya, Proceed. Ann. Sess. Univ. Peradeniya, pp. 138. (most commendaboe presentation)

Karunaratne, D.N., Perera, L.R.K. and Fernando, G. W. A. R. (2002) The missing link between prograde decompression(?) and retrograde isobaric cooling in the Highland Complex granulites of Sri Lanka. Proceed. 18th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp. 2.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., Lukas P. Baumgartner and Wolfgang Hofmeister: Metasomatic corundum-sapphirine-spinel-bearing rocks at Rupaha, Sri Lanka, Berichte der Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft, Beih. z. European J. Mineralogy, V.12, No.1, p.46

Fernando, G.W.A.R. and Hofmeister, W. Unusual occurrences of corundum-spinel-scheelite in Sri Lankan Granulite Terrane: implications for late stage metasomatic events, Proceed. 3rd International south Asian Geological Congress (GEOSAS 111), Lahore, Pakistan. p. 24-25

Mathavan, V., and G.W.A.R. Fernando: Reactions and textures in wollastonite-scapolite calc-silicate rocks in the Highland Complex: Implication for retrograde isobaric cooling path in the metasediments, Proceed. 15th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp. 7.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Discriminant analysis and its application to gem exploration in high-grade granulite terranes with special reference to Sri Lanka, Proceed. 30 th Intern. Geol. Congress., Beijing, China, 3-4-22 (03500 2994)

Fernando, G.W.A.R., M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Geochemical significance of gem-bearing sediments of Elahera and Ratnapura regions in Sri Lanka(abs), Proceed. 12th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp. 1-2.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., C.B.Dissanayake and M.S.Rupasinghe. Corundum mineralization of Sri Lanka and its relationships to Gondwana tectonics, Proceed. Intern. Symp. On ” India and Antarctica during the Precambrian and granulite and crustal processes in East Antarctica”,Vishakapatnam, India, pp.18.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Use of discriminant analysis in the identification of gem fields in Sri Lanka, Proceed. 10th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 2-3.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Gem potential of Uma Oya in Sri Lanka, Proceed. 10th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp 3-4.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Geochemical, statistical and mineralogical study: A guide to new gem localities, Proceed. 50 th Ann. Sess. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci.(SLAAS), pp.162-163.

Fernando, W.I.S., G.W.A.R. Fernando, M.S.Rupasinghe and C.B.Dissanayake. Application of heavy minerals in exploration for gem minerals in stream sediments, Proceed. 50 th Ann. Sess. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci.(SLAAS), pp.140-141.

Mathavan, V., G.W.A.R. Fernando and N.I.C.Peiris (1991). Field relationships to arrested charnockites of Sri Lanka, Proceed. 8th Ann. Sess. Geol. Soc. Sri Lanka (GSSL), pp. 2-3.

Fernando, G.W.A.R., V. Mathavan (1994). Occurrences of arrested charnockites and regional charnockites in the same locality, Proceed. 47 th Ann. Sess. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci.(SLAAS), pp.95-96.

Mathavan, V. and G.W.A.R. Fernando. Partial melting in a cordierite-sillimanite gneiss from Dombawela, Matale, Sri Lanka, Proceed. 49 th Ann. Sess. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci.(SLAAS), pp.94.

Ongoing Research

Gondwana reconstruction through structural, petrological and isotopic studies in Gonwana countries collaboration with Prof. Christoph Hauzenberger, Prof. Lutz Nasdala and Prof. Herald Fritz in University Graz, Austria

Understanding of cooling history of Sri Lankan lower crust through mineral equilibrium studies collaboration with Prof. Sumit Chakraborty of University of Bochum, Germany

Identification of Goitrogenic Factors and Histological Variations in Goitres of Sri Lanka

Characterizing of Asbestos in Roofing Sheets and its Radiation Impact

Assessment of Groundwater quality in Gampaha District with special reference to Rathupaswala area

Study of the levels of Iodine and selenium content in drinking water sources in Nuwara-Eliya District

Spatial and temporal changes of geochemical parameters due to recent excavations of lakes in and around Colombo suburbs with special reference to Thalawathugoda area

 

Research Supervision

M.Phil. Students

5. Walpita, S.C. Analysis of stability of rain-induced shallow landslides in residual formations in Sri Lanka (in progress), OUSL

4. Rajapakshe, D.C. Identification of Goitrogenic Factors and Histological Variations in Goitres of Sri Lanka ((in Progress), The Open University of Sri Lanka

3. Siriwardena, H. H. D. A. L. Heat Treating of Some Non-Gem Quality ‘Geuda’ in Sri Lanka (in Progress), Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

2. Weerasinghe, H.A.S. (2011). Ecology of the Ussangoda Serpentine FloraPostgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective date: 7th November 2011)

1. Amaraweera, T.H.N.G. (2009). Genesis of Pegmatites and use of Pegmatite waste as fertilizer, Matale District, Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date: 29th December 2009)

 

M.Sc. Students

26. Attanayake, D.S.M. (2017). PREVALENCE OF FLUOROSIS IN THE MONARAGALA DISTRICT: SOME SIGNIFICANT CAUSATIVE FACTORS, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

25. Kumara, Y.P. (2017). DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE OF MARINE PLANKTON IN RELATION TO NUTRIENTS IN SOUTHERN BAY OF BENGAL, , Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

24. Dissanayake, D.M.D.O.K. (2016). DEVELOP A DEMAND ESTIMATION MODEL TO PREDICT FUTURE SAND REQUREMENTS AND IDENTIFY SUITABLE ALTERNATIVES TO RELATED TO EXCESSIVE RIVER SAND MINING IN SRI LANKA, CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENT STUDIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA

23. AMEEN , M.M.A.(2016). SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR GREEN HOTEL DESIGN: A CASE STUDY OF HERITANCE KANDALAMA, CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENT STUDIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA

22. S.P.S.Bandara (2016). MODELLING of Groundwater Quality in THE AREA AROUND Rathupaswala IN THE Gampaha District OF SRI LANKA, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 19th September 2016)

21. Deershika Ranatunge (2016). Qualitative Method for Identification of Synthetic and Natural corundum: A study using XRD analyses, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 15th March 2016)

20. P.C.T. Karunaratne (2015). Characterization and health effects of Asbestos in roofing sheets, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 21th September 2015)

19. Nayomi Sarathchandra – Study of the levels of Iodine and selenium content in drinking water sources in Nuwara-Eliya District, PGIS

18. L.M.M.U. Lekammudiyanse (2013). Two Dimensional Multielectrode Resistivity Survey for Subsurface Mapping: A Case Study from Matale District, Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 9th April 2013)

17. H.M.A.B. Herath (2012). Forest Die-Back at Rajawaka Forest Reserve. Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 31st December 2012)

16. K.S. Somapala (2011). Genesis and Distribution of Silica Sand Deposit at the Sri Lanka Air Force Premises-Ekala, Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 19th August 2011)

15. M.P.M. Irsad (2011). Estimating fluoride Exposure in Rural communities in Sri Lanka: a Case study from Irakamam village in Ampara District, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 19th August 2011)

14.  T.M.Kumara (2011). Enhance the Mechanical Strength of Bricks and Construction Materials, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 3rd March 2011)

13. Swarna R Wijesundara (2011). Water Distribution Systems and Diarrheal Disease Transmission: A Case Study in Kegalle District, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 15th February 2011)

12. Manawadu, U.D. (2010) Water Quality Variations of Villagers around Serpentinite Bodies at Indikolapelessa, Udawalawe, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 1st October 2010)

11. Liyanage, P.L.C.L.  (2010).Study of Distribution of Goitre in the Kalutara District, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 10th August 2010)

10. Santharuban, S. (2010). Effect of different industrial effluents on the water quality of Valaichchenai Lagoon, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 8th May 2010)

9. Jayasinghe, I.M.A. (2010). Assessment of A Risk from Exposed Acid Sulphate Soils in the Southern Highway from Kottawa to Dodangoda, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 15th January 2010)

8. Shanmuganathan, S. (2009).Study on surface-subsurface hydrology in Vavuniya UC limits, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya , (Effective Date 15th December 2009)

7. Silva, K.R A de (2008). Geochemistry of the Serpentinite Deposit in Ussangoda, Sri Lanka and its possible environmental impacts, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 29th November 2008)

6. Wijekoon, R.D.W.M.J.L.S. (2008). Some Factors influencing the Kidney Failure in Padaviya area, Anuradhapura District, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, (Effective Date 1st December 2008)

5. Wimalasena, M.D.N.R. (2007). Possible Effects of some Toxic Elements of Soil and Plants in Forest Dieback areas of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 25th August 2007)

4. Thayanath, S. (2007). A modelling Approach to Explain the Impact on the Batticaloa Lagoon by the Irrigation Tanks connected to it: A case Study of Unnichchai Tank Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective Date 26th December 2007)

3. Gurusinghe, D.I.C. (2007). Acid Sulphate Soils in the Area around Colombo, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective date 18th January 2007)

2. Priyanthi, R.H.C. (2005). Use of Bio-Sorbents in the Remediation of Contaminated Water, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Effective date 18th May 2005)

1. Wijeratne, C.N.B. (2005). Designing the low cost sanitary land fill site in the upper Kotmale hydropower project area at Talawakelle, Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Science University of Peradeniya (Effective date 18th May 2005)

 

Postgraduate Diploma Students

1. Dhanasekera, D.M.A.K. (2005). Environmental Impact of Gem mining in Ratnapura District Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science, The Open University of Sri Lanka,

 

B.Sc. Students

11. Lasanthi Kanthika, Spatial and temporal changes of geochemical parameters due to recent excavations of lakes in and around Colombo suburbs with special reference to Thalawathugoda area (in Progress)

10. Indika, K.W. (2013). Low Frequency Sea Level Variability in the Northern Indian Ocean from 1993 to 2012, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

9. Alwis, W. Lakruwan (2012). Comparative Study of Groundwater Quality in Embilipitiya Assistant Government Agents Division in the Ratnapura District ,Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

8. Arachchi, R.C.W. (2012). Reduction of Chromium Levels in Waste Water and Industrial Sludge using stabilization Technology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

7. Danushka Priyashantha, A.G (2008). Serpentinite Body at Indikolapelessa: Integrated Study of Geo-Vegetation and Geochemical Mapping, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

6. Nupearachchi, C. N. (2008). Evaluation of the Applicability of vertical electrical sounding curves to decipher subsurface geological and hydrological conditions: A case Study from Matale District, Sri Lanka, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

5. Nadeeka Suranganie (2008). Acid formation of Sulfate Soils in the Malimboda, Matara District. Dept of Chemistry, University of Ruhuna

4. Waduge, I.P. (2007 Use of Different Types of Sri Lankan Carbonate Rocks in Ceramic Industry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

3. Hegoda, C. (2006)Minerals of the Mica group used for Ayurvedic Treatments, BSc thesis (unpublished), Department of the Geology, University of Peradeniya, pp.32

2. Chandrasena, Gayan (2003). Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping in Ratnapura-Elapatha Area, Dept. of Geology, University of Peradeniya

1. Silva, D.A.R. (2002) Study of Calc-silicate Gneisses in Gadaladeniya Synform, Dept. of Geology, University of Peradeniya

August 2017 – Feb 2018 Director General/Geological Survey & Mines Bureau

August 2017 – Feb 2018 Member/Board of Management,Geological Survey & Mines Bureau

August 2017 – Feb 2018 Member/Board of Management, Road Development Authority

Nov 2016- August 2017 Director/Research, Open University of Sri Lanka

July 2015 — August 2017 Head/Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

Nov 2016 — August 2017 Member/UGC Standing Committee on Postgraduate and Research, University Grant Commision

Oct 2016 — August 2017 Member/UGC Standing Committee on drafting Promotional Circular to the University System, University Grant Commision

March 2009 — March 2012 Head/Department of Physics, The Open University of Sri Lanka

2009-2017 Council Member of Institute of Geology (IGSL)

2009-2017 Chairman Education Committee/IGSL

2002- 2011 (three terms) Secretary, Board of Study of Environmental Science, Postgraduate Institute of Science, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

May 2008 – June 2008 Acting Head/ Department of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

June 2006 –Sept 2006 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – University of Bochum, Germany –With Prof. Dr. Sumit Chakraborty

Jan 2006 Coordinator, Short Course on ‘Environmental Management: Basic Concept and Legal Framework’, Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), Sri Lanka

Jan 2005 – July 2005 Acting Head/ Department of Physics, The Open University of Sri Lanka

Jan 2002 Coordinator, Workshop on ‘Rocks & Minerals’, Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), Sri Lanka

Jan 1997 – March 2001 Doctoral Research Studentship – Institute for Geosciences
University of Mainz/Germany Advisors: Prof. Dr. Lukas P. Baumgartner, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hofmeister

1992 -1996 Post-Graduate Research Fellow/Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Fundamental Studies/Sri Lanka Advisors: Prof. C.B Dissanayake, Prof. M.S. Rupasinghe

1991 -1992 Geologist – National Building Research OrganizationMember of Board of Study in Environmental Science, Postgraduate institute of Science, University of Peradeniya

President, Geological Society of Sri Lanka (2015/16)

Chairman, Educational committee, Institute of Geology of Sri Lanka

Council Member, Institute of Geology of Sri Lanka

 

 

Awards

2018               OUSL Research award for year 2017

2016                Postdoctoral Fellowship from University of Graz, Austria

2009                Presidential research award for excellence in research (NRC)

2008                Presidential research award for excellence in research (NRC)

2006                DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship from German Academic Exchange Service, Department of Geology, University of Bochum, Germany (July 2006 to August, 2006)

2001                ‘The Commendable Research Finding’ in the field of physical Sciences at the Annual Technical sessions of University of Peradeniya

1996                DAAD Doctoral Scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service, Germany

1996                ‘P.G. Cooray Medal’ for the Most Outstanding Young Earth-Scientist of Sri Lanka in year 1995 (The first P.G. Cooray Medal recipient)

Contribution to National Projects

Team leader of for Mapping of Landslide Prone Areas in Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project Area and Adopting Mitigatory Measures, Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project, Ceylon Electricity Board in 2006-08.

Member of the Kaluganga Mapping project as a part of Moragahakanda reservoir project in 2013

Member of the mineral exploration project of Matale District with REEF project in 2003

Member of the Steering Committee, UNESCO Nomination for ‘Ussangoda’ as Geopark in Sri Lanka, National Science Foundation 

Curriculum Vitae

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