SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. LV Ranaweera

Senior Lecturer


PhD. (Analytical Planetary Chemistry), Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University (Japan), 2011

MPhil. (Structural Geology), Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), 2008

BSc (Hons.) in Geology, Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), 2003

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

2004 - Present - Member, Geological Society of Sri Lanka

2008-Present-Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

Research Interests

Structures and Deformation of High-Grade Rocks

Mineralization in the lower crust and origin of fluid and melt sources

Fluid and melt related processes in mantle rocks

Study of Geological Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

Geological Evolution of Sri Lanka

Current Research Projects

Brittle Structures of High Grade Rocks in Central and Southern Sri Lanka: Implications for Its Brittle Deformation and Mass Movements. SUSL/RD/2016/17

Geology of rocks from the Ranna Complex, Sri Lanka: Implications for upper to lower crustal evolution. UGC/VC/DRIC/SRSP/2014/SUSL-01

Recent Publications


Ranaweera, L.V., Moriguti, T., Ryoji, T. and Nakamura, E. Circa 1 Ga sub-seafloor hydrothermal alteration imprinted on the Horoman peridotite massif. Scientific Reports 8:9887, 1-12 (2018) [DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-28219-x].

Nakagawa, M., Kehelpannala, K.V.W., Manabe, T., Ranaweera, L. and Nasu, A. Kaolin Deposit at Meetiyagoda, Southwestern Sri Lanka. Clay Science 21, 29-34 (2017).

Kehelpannala, K.V.W. and Ranaweera, L. Structural and kinematic evolution of a possible Pan-African suture zone in SriLanka. International Association for Gondwana Research Conference Series 4, 83-88 (2007).

Ranaweera, L.V., Perera, L.R.K. and Hiroi,Y. Blue Dumortierite From Habarana, SriLanka: Field Occurrence and Mineral Chemistry. Journal of Geological Society of Sri Lanka 12, 53-74 (2007).

Kehelpannala, K.V.W., Wada,H., Ranaweera, L. and Hamana, N. Cataclastic rocks from the granulite terrain of Sri Lanka: evidence for younger brittle deformation of the exhumed lower crust. Geoscience Reports. Shizuoka University 33, 9-19 (2006).



Undergraduate Supervision


Failure mechanism/s of the Niyendigala Landslide, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. M.T.M. Anuradha

Hydrology and Landuse pattern of the Upper region of the Ma Oya catchment with special reference to Aranayake Landslide area. P. Karunarathne

Hydrology, soil physical characteristics and Landuse of the Meeriyabedda landslide area. T. Paranavithane


Published in abstract/Extended abstract at the National/International Conferences/Symposium

Wijerathna, S.D.S.A., Ranaweera, L.V. & Jayathissa, G. Landslide risk assessment for the North Eastern part of the Imbulpe Divisional Secretariat, Rathnapura: A Novel Approach. Proceedings of the Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 24-25 August 2018. pp 107 (2018).

Ayesha, A.G.T., Ranaweera, L.V. and Subasinghe, N.D. Magnetite-bearing boulders from Belihuloya area, Balangoda. Proceedings of the 73rd Annual Sessions, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. pp. 67 (2017).

Gnathilake, R.A.P.R., Ranaweera, L.V., Udaya Kumara, E.P.N. and Samansiri, S. Anatomy of the Niyandigala Landslide, Belihuloya and Resident’s perception of landslides. 7th Annual Research Session, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.pp. 42 (2017).

Ota, T., Watanabe, M., Ranaweera, L.V., Moriguti, T., Kobayashi, K., Tanaka, R. & Nakamura, E. Fluid-rock interactions imprinted on lithium isotopes in the Horoman peridotites, Japan. Goldschmidt Conference, Japan. pp. 2402 (2016).

Premarathna, U., Suzuki, N, Rathnayake, N.P. & Ranaweera, L.V. Origin and Tectonic setting of Igneous rocks in the Mannar basin of Sri Lanka. Fourth Conference on Sri Lanka-Japan collaborative Research, 19-21 .University of Perademiya, Sri Lanka. pp. 10 (2016).

Ranaweera, L.V., Moriguti,T., Tanaka, R., Makishima, A. & Nakamura, E. Ancient hydrothermal fluid-peridotite interaction at mid-ocean ridges preserved in recycled peridotites from the Horoman massif, Japan. Abstracts: Misasa IV, International Symposium. Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior, Okayama University, Japan.pp. 73 (2012).

Ranaweera, L.V., Moriguti, T., Tanaka, R., Makishima, A. & Nakamura, E. Li-O-Pb-Nd-Hf isotopes and trace element systematics and S in residual peridotites: Evidences for ancient hydrothermal fluid-rock interactions at mid-ocean ridges. Mineralogical Magazine 75 (3), 1693 (2011).