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Prof. M.M.M. Najim
Professor in Environmental Conservation and Management

Department of Zoology and Environmental Management
Faculty of Science
University of Kelaniya
Kelaniya 11600
Sri Lanka
Telephone: + 94 11 2914479, + 94 11 2903413, +94 777412089(Mobile)
Fax: + 94 11 2914479
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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc. Agric. Hons.)  - December 1994, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.

  • Master of Engineering in Irrigation Engineering and Management from the School of Civil Engineering (Water Engineering and Management Program), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

  • Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from University Putra Malaysia (Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Malaysia.

Research Interests

  • Climate change impacts on agriculture and fisheries

  • Hydrological modeling and environmental flows

  • Agricultural water management and

  • Wastewater irrigation

Journal Papers

  1. Bandara, H.M.K.S. and M.M.M. Najim 2014. Compliance with standards and immerging issues of household sewage disposal systems in Gampaha municipality area in Western Sri Lanka, Journal of Environmental Professionals Sri Lanka, 2(2): 1-12.
  2. Halwatura, D., Najim, M.M.M., 2013. Application of the HEC-HMS model for runoff simulation in a tropical catchment, Environmental Modelling & Software, 46: 155-162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.03.006
  3. P.D.H.N. Gunathilaka, R.M.N.S. Ranundeniya, M.M.M. Najim and S. Seneviratne. 2011. Determination of air pollution using Heterodermiaspeciosa from Colombo and Kurunegala, Sri Lanka using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Turkish Journal of Botany, 35(4): 439-446
  4. M.M.M. Najim, M. AminulHaque and S.M. Bockari-Gevao. 2010.  Irrigation energy consumption in a tropical lowland rice field, Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 5(1) : 01 – 08
  5. U.S.C. Udagedara and M.M.M. Najim, 2009. Water Based Disease Incidents due to Inadequate Access to Sanitation and Water Supply in Four PHI Areas in Mawanella, Sri Lanka. The Environ Monitor, 9(11 & 12): 28-33..
  6. U.S.C. Udagedara and M. M. M. Najim, 2009. Potential to enhance the extent of paddy cultivation using domestic and municipal wastewater harvestimg - a case study from the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 44(2): 239-248.
  7. I.H. Rajapakshe, L. W. Galagedara and M.M.M. Najim, 2008.  Microbial water quality variations in consumable water sources and pollution contributions by PussallaOya Catchment Communities, Tropical Agricultural Research. 20: 314-326.

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Publications in Proceedings

  1. D. Halwatura, Najim M.M.M. and N.W.B.A.L Udayanga, 2013. Impacts of Urban Water Management in AttanagaluOya Basin, In proceeding of: Special session on Urban Water Environment Monitoring & Management, 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, 2013, At Kandy Sri Lanka.
  2. D. Waniganethti, M.M.M. Najim and D. Halwatura 2013.  Influence of climate change on water management of Paddy in AttanagaluOya basin. Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional’s Day – October 01 2013, pp. 29-38. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  3. M.T. Jayasuriya and M.M.M. Najim 2013. Assessment of the climate change variability in the intermediate zone of Sri Lanka through continuous wet day rainfall frequency distribution analysis, Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional’s Day – October 01 2013, pp. 39-50. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  4. N.W.B.A.L. Udayanga and M.M.M. Najim, 2013.  Evaluation of the trends in climatic change with respect to severity and occurrence frequency of wet and dry events in the dry zone of Sri Lanka,  Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional’s Day – October 01 2013, pp. 51-62. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya
  5. D. Waniganethti, M.M.M. Najim and D. Halwatura 2012. Seasonal Variation of Rainfall at AttanagaluOya Basin: Symposium proceedings of the Water Professional’s Day – October 01 2012, pp. 31-42. Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya.

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Positions held in professional societies

  • General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Core Group member of the Network for Capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management 2008 –to date
  • Secretary – Board of Trustees of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Secretary – House and Finance Committee of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Secretary – International Relations of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2009 and 2010.
  • Council member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – 2008 – to date
  • Steering Committee member and the Chairman of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) for the year 2009
  • Joint Secretary of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) in 2008/2009, 2009/2010.
  • Member of the Committee for Popularization of Science (CPS) of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Member of the Science Education Committee (SEC) of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – 2009
  • Member of the sectional committee (Section B) of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • President of SLAAS Section B for the year 2008.
  • Steering Committee member and the Joint Secretary of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) for the year 2008
  • Elected Vice-President of SLAAS Section B for the Year 2007.
  • Editor of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka during 2004/2005.
  • Editorial board member of the Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka 2004/2005.
  • Executive committee member and editorial board member of the Young Scientist Forum (2005/2006) of the National Science and Technology Commission Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Assistant Treasurer of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka for 2000/2001.

Text Books

  1. M.M.M. Najim and I.H. Rajapakshe 2011. Health implications related to mismanagement of domestic and municipal wastewater in Sri Lanka. In: Water and Health Reader,Anjal Prakash, Saravanan SV and JayatiChourey(Eds.), ISBN: 978-81-321-0725-5(HB), Sage Publishers, India.
  2. DeSilva, S.S., AmarasingheU.S. and Nguyen T.T.T. (Eds), 2009. Better-practice approaches to culture-based fisheries development in Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 120c, 117 p. Translated to Tamil by M.M.M. Najim and M.S.N. Husna,  ISBN 978 1 921531 71 2 (Print), ISBN 978 1 921531 72 (Online)
  3. M.M.M. Najim and K.P.K. Jayakody. 2008. Salinity Development in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka – a Review, In: Crop and Forage Production Using Saline Waters, M. Kafi (Ed.) pp319 – 327, ISBN10 81-7035-531-1 and ISBN13 978-81-7035-531-1, Daya Publishing House, Delhi.
  4. M.M.M. Najim, 2006. Water Pollution Prevention, Control and Water Conservation, In: Water Pollution  in Sri Lanka, N.D.K. Dayawansa (Ed.),  ISBN: 955-1308-06-09

Fellowships, awards and distinctions

  • Merit Certificate for best presentation during the session on Environmental Sciences at the YSF Symposium 2012 held on 18 January 2013 – Title of the presentation: Estimation of environmental flow variations at AttanagaluOya basin by range of variability approach.
  • Vice-Chancellors award for bringing honor to the University, 01 January 2011.
  • “Presidential Award for Research – 2005” awarded on 27 July 2010.
  • “Presidential Award for Research – 2004” awarded on 27 July 2010
  • Award for the popularization of Science – 2008. Awarded by the Young Scientists Forum of The National Science and Technology Commission of the Ministry of Science (Awarded on 19 January 2010)
  • Merit certificate for popularization of Science - 2007 awarded by the Young Scientists Forum of The National Science and Technology Commission of the Ministry of Science (Awarded on 16 January 2009)
  • Sessional award for the best presenter during 16th Annual congress of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.
  • Hisamatzu Prize (2000) for the outstanding performance in the field of study Irrigation Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Life member of the Institute of Biology (M. Biol)
  • Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR)
  • Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)  (Membership Number 7899/B)
  • Life Member of Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka
  • Life member of the Geo-Informatics society of Sri Lanka (Membership Number: OM(L)/04/108)
  • Life member of the Soil Science Society of Sri Lanka.

Editorial Board member of Journals

  • Editorial Board Member of Biodiversitas, Journal of Biological Diversity, ISSN 1412-033X, E-ISSN 2085-4722
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Environment, ISSN 2091-2854, 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied and Industrial Sciences, ISSN 2328-4595, ISSN 2328-4609 (Online)
  • Editorial Board Member, Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences – ISSN 1391-9318 (2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Editorial Board Member / Sectional Editor, Taprobanica (ISSN 1800-427X), The Journal of South Asian Biodiversity, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Country editor/Editorial Board member, South Asian Water Studies (SAWAS) Journal, www.sawasjournal.org, South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, India. Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Editorial Board Member, Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences – ISSN 1391-9318 (2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Ecology & Development (IJED) - ISSN 0972-9984, 2006-2007
  • Chief Editor of the Volume 9 of the Journal of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka, (ISSN 1391-0671), 2006
  • Chief editor of the Volume 8 of the Journal of the Agricultural Engineering Society of Sri Lanka, (ISSN 1391-0671), 2004

1. M.M.M. Najim and I.H. Rajapakshe 2011. Health implications related to mismanagement of domestic and municipal wastewater in Sri Lanka. In: Water and Health Reader,Anjal Prakash, Saravanan SV and JayatiChourey(Eds.), ISBN: 978-81-321-0725-5(HB), Sage Publishers, India.

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