Research interests

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 editorial board of book series Geografija Slovenije (2015-)
- member of editorial board of book series Georitem (2015-)
- member of the Geomorphological Society of Slovenia; president 2016-2019, secretary 2011-2016
- member of the Caving club Železničar

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

Selected publications
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Stepišnik, U., Ferk, M., Kodelja, B., Medenjak, G., Mihevc, A., Natek, K., Žebre, M. 2009: Glaciokarst of western Orjen, Montenegro. Cave and karst science 36-1.
- Stepišnik, U., Ferk, M., Gostinčar, P., Černuta, L., Peternelj, K., Štembergar, T., Ilič, U. 2007: Alluvial fans on contact karst: an example from Matarsko Podolje, Slovenia. Acta carsologica 36-2.
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Selected projects

Geography of Slovenia - national research programme (research programme • 1 January 201531 December 2021)

The Soil Science and Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance: going beyond prospection (international project • 1 April 201831 December 2021)

Geomorphological characteristics on eogenetic carbonate rocks in Slovenia and United States of America (bilateral project • 1 October 201930 September 2021)

CapHaz-Net (framework program • 1 June 200931 May 2012)

Recognitions & awards

ZRC SAZU Silver Award for a top-level PhD in humanities, 2016 • The Prešeren Award for students, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2010 • Speleological Asociation of Slovenia Award and Bronze Decoration for special achiwements in speleology, 2011 • Received a scholarship of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts for research work at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2012.