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Academic Staff member

Dr. J.A.P. Bodhika

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. in Lightning (Thunder) Physics
(1st Aug. 2008) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
M.Sc. in Atmospheric Physics
(01st November 2004) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
B.Sc. Special (Hons) in Physics
(25th April 1997) University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Email - jbodhika@phy.ruh.ac.lk
Office - +944122226812/4306


  • Electronics (45 hrs), Atmospheric Physics(30 hrs.), Medical Physics(30 hrs.), Acoustics(20 hrs), Classical Mechanics(45 hrs), Electricity & Magnetism(45 hrs), Waves & Optics (45 hrs), Modern Physics (30 hrs.), Atomic & Nuclear Physics (30 hrs).
  • 1. Noise contour mapping and noise induced health impacts on humans: A study in the southern province of Sri Lanka – 2012
  • 2. Study of thunder generated by cloud and ground lightning flashes – 2013.
  • 3. Investigating the possible health impacts due to exposure of heavy noise - 2016
  • 4. Identification of potential plant species for traffic noise attenuation- 2016
  • International Journals
  • 1. A brief study on thunder claps, J.A.P. Bodhika, Journal of Applied Acoustics, Volume 145, February 2019, 98-103.
  • 2. Reconstruction of Lightning Channel Geometry by Localizing Thunder Sources, J.A.P. Bodhika, W.G.D.Dharmarathne, M. Fernando, Vernon Cooray, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, 102 (2013), 81-90
  • 3. A study on behavioral effects of laboratory rats (albino wistar) after the sub-chronic noise stress. J.A.P. Bodhika , J.R.I.A. Jayakody. Int J Res Med Sci 2018; 6:739-42.
  • 4. Decibel Level of Firecrackers and its possible Impact on the Hearing of Marauding Elephants in Sri Lanka, V. Sivakumar, J.A.P. Bodhika, Ruchira Jayatillaka, Chandrawansa Pathiraja, S.K. Pathiratne, S.R.B. Dissanayake, S. Wijeyamohan and Charles Santiapillai, International Journal of Science Environment and Technology, Vol. 2, No 4, 2013, 593 – 600
  • International Conferences (full papers)
  • 1. Characteristics of thunder pertinent to tropical lightning, J A P Bodhika, W.G.D. Dharmarathna, Mahendra Fernando and Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of Proceedings of ICLP 2018 (International Conference on Lightning Protection), Rzeszow, Poland,
  • 2. Audible frequency analysis of Ground Flashes, Sidath Abegunawardana , J A P Bodhika, Sanka Nanayakkara, Upul Sonnadara, Mahendra Fernando and Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of Proceedings of ICLP 2018 (International Conference on Lightning Protection), Rzeszow, Poland.
  • 3. Sound localization of lightning discharges, Sidath Abegunawardana , J A P Bodhika, Ruwan Abeygunawardhana, Mahendra Fernando and Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of Proceedings of ICLP 2018 (International Conference on Lightning Protection), Rzeszow, Poland.
  • 4. Frequency Analysis of Thunder Features, Sidath Abegunawardana , J A P Bodhika, Mahendra Fernando and Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of Proceedings of ICLP 2016 (International Conference on Lightning Protection), Estoril, Portugal, 1982-1990.
  • 5. Study of Thunder Signatures Using STFT, Sidath Abegunawardana, J A P Bodhika, Mahendra Fernando and Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of Asia-Pacific International Conference on Lightning (APL 2015), Nagoya, Japan, TC1.1-4.
  • 6. A priliminary study of the features of acoustic pressure pulses of lightning, J.A.P. Bodhika, M. Fernando, Vernon Cooray, W.G.D.Dharmarathna Proceedings of Proceedings of ICLP 2014 (International Conference on Lightning Protection), Shanghai, China, pp 2019-2023.
  • 7. Reduction of traffic noise due to improved road conditions: Evidence from Matara & Hambantota, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cities, People & Places-ICCPP, 31-02 November 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp 208-216.
  • 8. Traffic noise contour mapping in Galle city, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W.G.D. Dharmaratne. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE-2014) on green technology and green energy, Kandy Sri Lanka. pp 1-8 .
  • 9. Traffic noise contour mapping of Matara city, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunge, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratna, Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities, People & Places-ICCPP-2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 227-237.
  • 10. Localization of Thunder Source and Reconstruction of Lightning Channel Geometry Using Sound Data, J.A.P. Bodhika, W.G.D.Dharmarathne, M. Fernando, Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of APL 2011, Chendgu, China. 429-435.
  • 11. A comparison of thunder signatures between cloud flashes and ground flashes associated with audio frequency pressure variations over Sri Lanka; J.A.P. Bodhika, M. Fernando, Vernon Cooray, W.G.D.Dharmarathna, Proceedings of ICLP 2008 Uppsala, Sweden. 701-712
  • 12. Characteristics of cloud flashes inferred from measurements of electric fields over Sri Lanka a Tropical Country; J.A.P. Bodhika, M. Fernando, Vernon Cooray, Proceedings of ICLP 2006 Kanazawa Japan.249-252
  • 13. Recording of the acoustic signal from the stethoscope electronically and investigation of abnormalities in the heart function; T.S. Yogeeswaran, J. A. P. Bodhika, D.D.N.B. Daya and K.D.I. Wasudeva, Proceedings of the Technical Sessions, 24(2008) 64-71, Institute of Physics-Sri Lanka.
  • International Conferences (Abstracts)
  • 14. Investigation of sound absorption properties of selected fruit plants, Amarasinghe N.D., Thilakarathna D.M.D.N., Gunasekara T.M.A.D., Bodhika J.A.P.., Dharmarathna W.G.D., Jayatissa L.P., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2020, 57.
  • 15. Noise level measurments at Matara city, Amarasinghe N.D., Thilakarathna D.M.D.N., Rathnayaka R.M.B.D., Sethunga S.M.N., Bodhika J.A.P.., Dharmarathna W.G.D., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2020, 144.
  • 16. A preliminary study on hearing problems of workers due to exposure of high occupational noise for a long period of time, S.M.N. Sethunga, Abesuriya U., J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Wicramasinghe S.A., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2019, 38.
  • 17. Sound absorption characteristics of two selected fruit plants, Anacardium occidentale (cashew) and Mangifera indica (mango), measured by reverberation room method, Nilminin K.A.C., Amarasinghe N.D., Guruge R.S.P., Sandaruwan U.A.T., Sooriyaarachchi S.A.S.N., Bodhika J.A.P.., Dharmarathna W.G.D., Jayatissa L.P., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2019, 66.
  • 18. Hearing threshold shift of workers in metal quarries and crushes due to high occupational noise exposure, , S.M.N. Sethunga, Abesuriya U., J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Wicramasinghe S.A., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2018, 62.
  • 19. Identification of gender from acoustic characteristics of Sinhala vowels, Weerarathna K.A.P., J.A.P. Bodhika, L.A.L.W. Jayasekara, Wicramasinghe S.A., Proceedings of the RISTCON-2018, 64.
  • 20. Traffic volume pattern and its correlation to traffic noise in Matara city, Amarasingha N.D., Darshana I, Abeyrathna M.K., J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the RISTCON-2018, 107.
  • 21. Study on noise exposure of train passengers in Sri Lanka S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne , Proceedings of the RISTCON-2017, 47
  • 22. A preliminary study on behavioral effects of laboratory rats (AlbinoWistar) after the sub-chronic noise stress S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne , Proceedings of the RISTCON-2017, 48
  • 23. Noise level exposure in school classrooms, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne , Proceedings of the RISTCON-2016, 39.
  • 24. Traffic Noise Contour Mapping, Tangalle city, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne , Proceedings of the RISTCON-2015, 110
  • 25. Preliminary results of a study on the measurement of noise level inside the passenger buses in southern province of Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne , Proceedings of the RISTCON-2014, pp-110.
  • 26. Preliminary results of a study of health impacts on human beings due to long term exposure to heavy noise, S.M.N. Sethunga, Upul Abeysuriya, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the One Health International Conference - 2014, 5-6 September, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, pp 12.
  • 27. Preliminary results of a study of levels of Noise pollution and its Health impacts due to School western bands, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the 1st Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 29-30 August - 2014, pp 45.
  • 28. Traffic noise contour mapping in Tangalle city, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the 2nd Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference (RISTCON) – January 2015.
  • 29. Traffic noise contour mapping in Weligama city, Sri Lanka, S.M.N. Sethunga, J.A.P. Bodhika, W. G. D. Dharmaratne, Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Environment Management and Planning, Organized by Central Environmental Authority, 15th & 16th of January 2015.
  • 30. Design and Construction of a display system for systematic monitoring of the noodles steaming process at Freelan Enterprises (Pvt.) Ltd., Matara, N.V.D.P.Priyadarshani*, W. G. D. Dharmaratna, K.K.A.S. Yapa and J.A.P.Bodhika, Proceedings of the RISTCON-2014.
  • 31. Design and construction of an automated rain gauge, W.W.Rukshan Medis *, W.G.D.Dharmaratne, J.A.P.Bodhika, S.S.Abeywickrama, Proceedings of the RISTCON-2014.
  • 32. Design and construction of a temperature monitoring system for noodles dryer at Freelan Enterprises (Pvt.) Ltd., Matara, B.H.B.M.De Silva*, W. G. D. Dharmaratna, K. K.A.S. Yapa and J.A.P.Bodhika, Proceedings of the RISTCON-2014.
  • National Symposia
  • 33. Variability of noise level at the main bus stand Matara, Sri Lanka – preliminary results, S.M.N. Sethunge, J.A.P. Bodhika, Proceedings of the 10th Science Symposium, Ruhuna University, 2013.
  • 34. A preliminary study on the attenuation of sound over the ground level R.M.R.M. Jayathilaka, J.A.P. Bodhika, W.G.D. Dharmarathne, Proceedings of the 8th Science Symposium, Ruhuna University, 2011.
  • 35. A Preliminary Study of Ozone Column Density Over Sri Lanka Using TOMs Satellite Data; J.A.P. Bodhika, and H.N.M. Sarangika, Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2010.
  • 36. Ozone column density variation over Sri Lanka; J.A.P. Bodhika, K.P.S.C. Jeyarathna, Proceedings of the Annual sessions of 58th SLAAS 2002, Sri Lanka.
  • 37. Design and Fabrication of a fully automated, low temperature and low pressure evaporation system for food industry; K.A. Kumarasiri, J.A.P. Bodhika, R.M.S.K. Rathnayake, Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 2010.
  • 38. Generation of Hertzsprung-Russel (H-R) diagram using Pleiades Cluster stars to assess the suitability of ACCIMT telescope for photometric studies (abstract); N.L. Dediyagala, R.A.S.Saraj, J.A.P. Bodhika, G.M.L.P. Aponsu In: Proceeding of the 60rd Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science 2004, pg 211.
  • NRC Merit award for Scientific Publications in 2013
  • Letter of Commendation - TURIS Project -2016
  • Chairman: Southern Incubation Center, Sri Lanka Inventors Commission, Ministry of Science & Technology, Sri Lanka
  • Chairman: Ruhuna Invention & Innovation Competition, University of Ruhuna 2016 to date
  • Coordinator: Industrial Training and Research Coordinating Centre, University of Ruhuna. 2012 to 2019
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II): Department of Physics, University of Ruhuna,Matara, Sri Lanka - 2011 March to date
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II): Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka 2008 August to 2011 March
  • Junior Researcher: Atmospheric Research Group, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka From 2003 October to date
  • Lecturer (Probationary): Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka From 1999 June to 2008 August
  • Lecturer (Temporary): Department of Physics, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka From 1997 April to 1999 May
  • Coordinator: Industrial Training and Research Coordinating Centre, University of Ruhuna. 2012 to 2019
  • Visiting Lecturer: Kothalawala Defense University, Faculty of Spatial Sciences. 2016 to date
  • Visiting Lecturer: Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Faculty of Applied Sciences, 2012 to date
  • Visiting Lecturer: National Institute of Education, Bachelor of Education Degree Program, 2013 to date