Asst. Prof. Mateja Ferk, PhD


01 470 63 58

mateja.ferk@zrc-sazu.si




Education
B.Sc. in Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2009
Ph.D. in Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2014

Research fields
geomorphology, karstology, speleology, palaeoenvironmental research, palaeohydrology, geodiversity, glaciology, natural hazards

Other activities
- member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Acta geographica Slovenica (2019-)
- member of the editorial board of book series Geografija Slovenije (2015-)
- member of the editorial board of book series Georitem (2015-)
- member of the Geomorphological Society of Slovenia; president 2016-2019, secretary 2011-2016
 

Selected presentations and lectures
- The use of remote sensing methods in geomorphology: examples from Slovenia and Australia. Invited lecture at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States of America, 5. 12. 2019
- Remote sensing in geomorphology : examples from Australia. Invited lecture at the Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung, University of Graz, Graz, Avstria, 12. 6. 2019
- Karst and Caves in Slovenia. Invited lecture at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States of America, 24. 8. 2018
- Contact karst as sediment sink. Oral presentation at the COST project conference The Hydrological and Erosional Cycles in Karstic Terrains at the University of Omalos, Chania, Greece, 15. 3. 2018
- Palaeohydrological Parameters on the Nullarbor Plain in Australia. Oral presentation at the conference Long Term environmental changes, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 11. 5. 2017
- Cave sediments as a paleoflood proxy. Oral presentation at the 5th International Paleoflood Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America, 20. 9. 2016
- Recent behaviour of Slovenian glaciers. Poster presentation at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 2. 5. 2014
- The impact of present climate fluctuations on the Triglav Glacier, Slovenian Julian Alps. Lecture at the International Scientific Seminar: Global change impact on high mountains in Central and Southeastern Europe, Sofija, Bulgaria, 1. 7. 2014
- Palaeofloods on Karst Poljes, Slovenia. Invited lecture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 15. 2. 2012
- Holocene palaeofloods on the Planina Karst Polje, Classical Dinaric Karst, Slovenia. – Oral presentation at the 18. INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland, 19.–28. 7. 2011
The Prešeren Award for a top-level Honours Degree thesis, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2010
Award and Bronze Decoration at the Speleological Association of Slovenia for special achievements in speleology, 2011
ZRC SAZU Silver Award for a top-level PhD, 2016
ZRC SAZU Scholarship for research work at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
Silver Award for the supervision of a high school student at the Young Scientists Competition in Slovenia, 2018
Award »Excellent trainee« at the International Training Course on Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology and Ecological Geology of Karst in Kunming, China, 2017
- Lipar, M., Martín-Pérez, A., Tičar, J., Pavšek, M., Gabrovec, M., Hrvatin, M., Komac, B., Zorn, M., Zupan Hajna, N., Zhao, J., Drysdale, R. N., Ferk, M. 2021: Subglacial carbonate deposits as a potential proxy for a glacier's former presence. Cryosphere 15.
- Ferk, M., Ciglič, R., Komac, B., Loczy, D. 2020: Management of small retention ponds and their impact on flood hazard prevention in the Slovenske Gorice Hills. Acta geographica Slovenica 60-1.
- Burnett, S., Lipar, M., Ferk, M., et al. 2020: Etched linear dunefields of the Nullarbor Plain: a record of Pliocene-Pleistocene wind patterns across southern Australia. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology 557.
- Ferk, M., Lipar, M., Šmuc, A., Drysdale, R. N., Zhao, J. 2019: Chronology of heterogeneous deposits in the side entrance of Postojna Cave, Slovenia. Acta geographica Slovenica 59-1.
- Lipar, M., Stepišnik, U., Ferk, M. 2019: Multiphase breakdown sequence of collapse doline morphogenesis : an example from Quaternary aeolianites in Western Australia. Geomorphology 327.
- Lipar, M., Ferk, M., Lojen, S., Barham, M. 2019: Sulfur (34S/32S) isotope composition of gypsum and implications for deep cave formation on the Nullarbor Plain, Australia. International journal of speleology 48-1.
- Ticar, J., Komac, B., Zorn, M., Ferk, M., Hrvatin, M., Ciglič, R. 2017: From urban geodiversity to geoheritage : the case of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Quaestiones Geographicae 36-3.
- Ferk, M. 2016: Palaeofloods in the karstic Ljubljanica River Catchment. Geografija Slovenije 33.
- Ferk, M., Gabrovec, M., Komac, B., Zorn, M., Stepišnik, U. 2017: Pleistocene glaciation in Mediterranean Slovenia. Special publication of the Geological Society of London 433.
- Lipar, M., Ferk, M. 2015: Karst pocket valleys and their implications on Pliocene-Quaternary hydrology and climate : examples from the Nullarbor Plain, southern Australia. Earth-Science Reviews 150.
- Ferk, M., Lipar, M. 2012: Eogenetic caves in Pleistocene carbonate in Slovenia. Acta geographica Slovenica 52-1.
Geomorphological characteristics on eogenetic carbonate rocks in Slovenia and United States of America ( bilateralni • 01. october 2019 - 30. september 2021)
The Soil Science and Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance: going beyond prospection ( mednarodni • 01. april 2018 - 31. december 2021)
Geomorphological peculiarities of AEOLianite KARST and their palaeoclimatic significance ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. september 2020 - 31. august 2022)
Karst artefacts of the remote northern part of the Nullarbor Plain ( raziskovalni • 06. november 2017 - 05. november 2023)
Novel proxies of the Holocene climate variability in stalagmites in Slovenia ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. september 2020 - 31. august 2023)
Geography of Slovenia - national research programme ( research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)