Staff Profiles

Prof. Wilbert Kehelpannala

Wilbert Kehelpannala

Faculty of Science


Associate Professor

Location: Block 236, Office 2535
Phone: +267 355 2535
Email Prof. Wilbert Kehelpannala

  1. B.Sc. (Special Degree) in Geology (Honours), November 1983, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  2. M.Phil. in Geology, June 1987, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  3. Ph.D. in Geology (Magna Cum Laude), August 1993, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany.
  4. Corporate Member, IGSL

Prof. K.V. Wilbert Kehelpannala (Ph.D.) has nearly 35 years of experience as an active geoscientist with focus on the application of field geology, structural geology, tectonics, metamorphic petrology, mineralogy and remote sensing to the study of continental crustal evolution and lower crustal processes in Precambrian terrains. Before joining the University of Botswana in July 2011, he was a senior researcher at the former Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. He was a visiting professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Shizuoka, Japan (2006). He was involved in international collaborations with colleagues from Germany, Japan, France and Australia, and was a member/convenor of three UNESCO-IGCP Projects (368, 440 and 648). He was an associate editor of the Elsevier Journal of African Earth Sciences from January 2018 to February 2020 (resigned) and has co-edited the first issue of the volume 28 of the Journal of Asian Earth Sciences (2006). Prof. Kehelpannala was the recipient of two prestigious JSPS (Japan) fellowships, three DAAD (German) fellowships, Sri Lanka Presidential Research award for 2003 and 2004. For his outstanding contribution towards the advancement of Geology of Sri Lanka, he was awarded the prestigious Ananda Coomaraswamy Medal in 2016. He holds memberships of 8 international and national professional bodies. 

Introduction to Geology I (GEO 111)

Introduction to Geology II (GEO 112)

Structural Geology (GEO 201)

Optical Mineralogy (GEO 202)

Basic Mineralogy (GEO 211)

Field Geology Course (GEO 301) 

Advanced Structural Geology (GEO 304)

Metamorphic Petrology (GEO 308)

Computer Application in Geosciences (GEO 317) 

Geotectonics (GEO 402)

Supervision of B.Sc. Final Year Research Projects (GEO 413 and GEO 414)

Supervision of geology postgraduate students

Structural geology (including brittle deformation of granulite terrains), tectonics, field geology, metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, crustal metasomatism, Precambrian geology, graphite mineralisation, application of remote sensing techniques to study geological structures, geohazards (tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides and slope stability), and hydrogeology.

Structural Geology and Tectonics

Deformation and Metamorphism of Cratonic Rocks

Post-metamorphic K-metasomatism of Crustal Rocks

Structural Control of Mineralisations

Influence of Brittle Fracturing on Rock Slope Stability

Intracratonic Deformation

Influence of fracturing and faulting on Kimberlite Occurrence

(Number of current M.Phil students: 05)

Touret, J.L.R., Huizenga, J.M., Kehelpannala, K.V.W. and Piccoli, F., 2019. Vein-type graphite deposits in Sri Lanka: The ultimate fate of granulite fluids. Chemical Geology, 508, 167-181.

Kehelpannala, K.V.W., 2017. Post-metamorphic K-metasomatism of high-grade rocks – A new cconcept in geology. Journal of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka, Vol. 18, 01-19.

Osanai, Y., Sajeev, K., Nakano, N., Kitano, I., Kehelpannala, K.V.W., Kato, R., Adachi, T. and Malaviarachchi, S.P.K. 2016. UHT granulites of the Highland Complex, Sri Lanka I: Geological and petrological background. Journal of Mineral. and Petrol. Sciences, Vol. 111, 145-156.

Kröner, A., Rojas-Agramonte, Y., Kehelpannala, K.V.W., Zack, T., Hegner, E., Geng, H.Y., Wong, J. And Barth, M. 2013. Age, Nd-Hf isotopes, and geochemistry of the Vijayan Complex of eastern and southern Sri Lanka: A Grenville-age magmatic arc of unknown derivation. Precambrian Research, 234, 288–321.

(A total of 79 publications and 52 abstracts)

In pursuit of academic excellence