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Academic Staff member

Dr. W.A.H.P. Guruge

Senior Lecturer (Grade I)

B.Sc. (Ruhuna, SL)
Diploma in Psychology and Counselling (Institute of Psychological Studies-SL)
M.Sc. (Chiangmai, Thailand)
Ph.D. (Ruhuna, SL)

Email - Guruge@zoo.ruh.ac.lk
Office - 0412222681/4701

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  • I have been involved in teaching, undergraduate courses of:
  • ZOO 1112 Invertebrate Diversity I (Poriferans and Cnidarians),
  • ZOO 2112 Comparative animal Physiology (Feeding & nutrition, excretory system),
  • ZOO 2142 Conservation and management of Biological resources,
  • ZOO 3133 Wetland and Aquatic ecosystem
  • ZOO 3192 Biological Psychology,
  • ZOO 3253 Environmental impact assessment,
  • ZOO 3223 Fishries & Aquaculture
  • ZOO 4164 Conservation and management of Environment
  • Coordinator of ZOO 2142 Conservation and management of Biological resources; ZOO 3133 Wetland and Aquatic ecosystem; ZOO 3223 Fishries & Aquaculture
  • Supervision of undergraduate research projects of special degree students in Zoology.
  • Research Interests
  • Fisheries Ecology/Biology, Biodiversity conservation, Aquaculture
  • G.J Piet, J.S. Pet and W.A.H.P. Guruge (1994). Niche partitioning of indigenous riverine carps and the exotic lacustrine tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) in a reservoir in S.E. Sri Lanka.
  • Gerbrand J. Piet and Wimal A.H.P. Guruge. 1997. Diel variation in feeding and vertical distribution of ten co-occurring fish species: consequences for resource partitioning. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 50:293 - 307. 1997.
  • Piet, G.J., J.S. Pet, W.A.H.P. Guruge, J.Vijverberg, W.L.T. van Densen, 1999. Resource partitioning along three niche dimensions in a size-structured tropical fish assemblage. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 56: 1241-1254. Publication 2482
  • W.A.H.P. Guruge, N.J. De S. Amarasinghe, P.M.C.S. De Silva & C.H. Priyantha (2003). Water quality monitoring using macro-invertebrates as biological indicators in streams of the Nilwala river basin, Sri Lanka. Chiang Mai Journal of Science 2003; 30(3): 219 – 226.
  • W.A.H.P. Guruge (2016). Fish meal: A Determining Factor of Profitability of Aquaculture farms. Economic Review-Novel approaches for aquaculture and Fisheries Development in Sri Lanka: A quarterly Economic Journal of People’s Bank, Sri Lanka. April-June, 2016. 15-17.
  • Publications in the proceedings of Conference, Seminar, Workshop.
  • Guruge W.A.H.P., Chantaramongkol P. (1999).A comparison of efficiency of two Artificial Substrate Samplers, used in Water quality monitoring in Northern Thailand. Proceedings of International Conference on Water Resources Management in Intermeontane Basins. 2-6 February, 1999. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • W.A.H.P.Guruge (2002). A food and feeding habits of three Co-occuring Cyprinids fishes in shallow lowland reservoir in Sri Lanka (2002): Consequences for resource partitioning. Proceedings of Regional Symposium on Environment and Natural Resources. 10-11 April 2002, Hotel Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • D.N. Ariyasena, W.A.H.P. Guruge, K.A.D.W. Senarathna, S.W. Kotagama,.(2003) Population fluctuation, distribution pattern and threats of eleven species of aquatic avifauna in and vicinity of Tissawewa Reservoir. Proceedings of International conference on conservation of wetlands: Conflict or Compromise. 17th to 18th January 2003. Trans Asia Hotel. Colombo. Sri Lanka
  • P.M.C.S De Silva., N.J.De. S. Amarasinghe., W.A.H.P Guruge (2003). Effect of water quality and substrate on freshwater fish distribution in Nilwala river basin in Southern Sri Lanka. Proceedings of second international symposium on the management of large rivers for fish.
  • W.A.H.P. Guruge, N.J. De S. Amarasinghe, P.M.C. S. De Silva, C.H. Priyantha. (2003). Water quality monitoring using macroinvertebrates as biological indicators in streams of the Nilwala river basin, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International Conference on "Water resources management for safe drinking water". 25-29 March 2003. Novotel Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Guruge, W.A.H.P., Amarasinghe, N.J. De S. and Vijverberg. J. (2006). Effect of natural environment stress on diet and diet overlap of major co-occurring fish species in a Tropical Humid Ecosystem: The Tissawewa, South East Sri Lankan reservoir.. Proceedings of the International conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems: Changes Challenges and Opportunities. Kandy, Sri Lanka, 4-9th December, 2006.
  • Amarasinghe N.J. De S. Guruge, W.A.H.P., and W.M.S.R Wijesundara. (2006). Status assessment of a tropical humid reservoir: The Pattiyapola tank in the Southern Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems: Changes Challenges and Opportunities. Kandy, Sri Lanka, 4-9th December, 2006.
  • P.M.C.S De Silva, Amarasinghe, N.J. De S. Guruge, W.A.H.P., and C.H. Priyantha (2006). Threats to the native freshwater fish fauna in the Nilwala river basin in Southern Sri Lanka and possible conservation strategies. Proceedings of the International conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems: Changes Challenges and Opportunities. Kandy, Sri Lanka, 4-9th December, 2006
  • W.A.H.P Guruge and N.J De S Amarasinghe (2007) Food Resource Utilization of Three Co– Occurring Carnivorous Fish in a Shallow Lowland Reservoir in South Eastern Sri Lanka : Approach to Minimize Competition. Proceedings of the International conference on “12th World Lake Conference – Taal 2007, Conserving Lakes and Wetlands for Future. Jaipur (India): 28 October - 2 November 2007.
  • Guruge W.A.H.P, Senivirathna J.D.M. (2010). Preliminary study to investigate the suitability of vermiwash as an environmentaly friendly culture media to enhance plankton productivity. Proceedings of the International conference on “Aquatic Microbiology: Status, Challenges and opportunities). Annamalai University, Tamilnadu.
  • Pathirana H.N.K.S., Guruge W.A.H.P. (2014). Nutrient removal efficiency of two plant bed substrates, and changes of selected water quality parameters in aquaponic system. Proceedings of the International conference on “1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference”.
  • Wijesinghe. M.P.N.S., Guruge W.A.H.P., Amarasingha N.J. De S. (2015). Assessment of efficiency of nutrient removal by two type of aquatic plants (Water spinach & Water Lettuce) in fish/plant growth system in outdoor concrete ponds. International Conference on “Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society and Environment (EPESE-2015).
  • Guruge W.A.H.P. (2016). “Ecosystem Services of Wetlands- “Ardrabhumi 2016. B.N Bandodkar College of Science. Chendani. Thane, India February 16-17 2016. Key note address. ISBN:978-81-923628-3-0. PP 12-13.
  • Guruge W.A.H.P. (2017). Fish diversity in tributaries of Bentota River and potential threats from Chitala ornata (Osteichthyes; Notopteridae), an invasive fish species in Sri Lanka. National Symposium on Invasive Alien Species 2017.
  • Guruge W.A.H.P. Amarasinghe, N.J. De S. (2018). Trophic status of Chitala ornata (Osteichthyes; Notopteridae), an invasive fish species in Sri Lanka and impacts of its invasion on Fish diversity in tributaries of Bentota River. International conference on “17th World Lake Conference – Ibaraki, Japan, 2018.
  • The President’s Research Bonus 1999 – present award in appreciation of authorship of the citation of Can. J. Fish & Aquat. Sci. 56: 1241-1254, 1999
  • Best oral presenter- Present Research paper at Regional Symposium on Environmental and Natural Resources, 10-11th April 2002, Hotel Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • The awardee of “Ibaraki Kasumigaura prize” for the research paper titled “Trophic status of Chitala ornata (Osteichthyes; Notopteridae), an invasive fish species in Sri Lanka and impacts of its invasion on Fish diversity in tributaries of Bentota River”
  • Head/Department of Zoology since August 2020
  • Student Counselor and Mentor
  • Member of Course Coordinator Committee
  • Senior Treasurer of the Birder's Club, Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna
  • Membership in societies
  • - Life membership of Sri Lanka Association for advancement of Science (SLASS)
  • - Life membership of Sri Lanka Association for fisheries and aquatic resources (SLAFAR).
  • - Member of Asian Association of Biological education (AABE)
  • - Life membership of Indian Association of Aquatic Biologists (IAAB).
  • - Member of the Editorial board of the “Journal of Aquatic Biology” India.