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Research interests

Education
- Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, 2015
- School Teacher of Geography and History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2010

Research fields
Karstology, speleology, geomorphology, physical geography, geology, geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, sedimentology, geochronology

Selected presentations and lectures
- Aeolianite, calcrete, and pinnacle karst in southwestern Australia, as indicators of middle to late Pleistocene palaeoclimates. Oral presentation at Climate Change: Karst Record 7 in Melbourne, Australia, 2014.
- The formation of solution pipes on Cape Bridgewater, western Victoria. Oral presentation at Victorian Universities Earth and Environmental Sciences Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
- The formation of the pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Oral presentation at Victorian Universities Earth and Environmental Sciences Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 2012.
- The formation of the pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Oral presentation at 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, 2012.
- Syngenetic karst in young soft-rock carbonates, Australia. Invited lecture by Geomorphological Association of Slovenia, 2012.
- Pocket valleys on the Nullarbor Escarpment, Australia. Poster presentation at 20th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” in Postojna, 2012 (co-author M. Ferk).
- Limestone pinnacles in Western Australia – the result of karstic processes and microbial cementation. Oral presentation at 20th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” in Postojna, 2012.
- Eogenetic caves in conglomerate: an example from Udin Boršt, Slovenia. Poster presentation at 19th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” in Postojna, Slovenia, 2011 (co-author M. Ferk).
- Australia and New Zealand through the eyes of a Slovene Geographer. Invited lecture by Depratment of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2009.
- Geographic outline of Australia and New Zealand – chosen topics. Invited lecture by Depratment of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2009.

Selected publications

Lipar, M., Webb, J.A., Cupper, M.L., Wang, N., 2017: Aeolianite, calcrete/microbialite and karst in southwestern Australia as indicators of Middle to Late Quaternary palaeoclimates. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 470

Lipar, M., 2016: A contribution to Slovenian terminology of karst and its features developed in eogenetic Quaternary calcarenites. Geographical Bulletin 88

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

Lipar, M., Webb, J.A., 2015: Middle-late Pleistocene and Holocene chronostratigraphy of the Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 127.

Lipar, M., Webb, J. A., 2015: The formation of pinnacle karst in Pleistocene calcarenites (Tamala Limestone) in southwestern Australia. Earth-Science Reviews 140.

Lipar, M., Webb, J. A., White, S.Q., Grimes, K.G., 2015: The genesis of solution pipes: Evidence from the Middle-Late Pleistocene Bridgewater Formation calcarenite, southeastern Australia. Geomorphology 246.

Lipar, M., Webb, J. A., 2014: Middle – Late Pleistocene and Holocene chronostratigraphy and depositional history of the Tamala Limestone, Cooloongup and Safety Bay Sands, Nambung National Park, southwestern Western Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 61.

Ferk, M., Lipar, M., 2012: Eogenetic caves in Pleistocene carbonate conglomerate in Slovenia. Acta geographica Slovenica 52-1.

Lipar, M., Ferk, M., 2011: Eogenetic caves in conglomerate: an example from Udin Boršt, Slovenia. International Journal of Speleology 40-1.

Stepišnik, U., Žebre, M., Tičar, J., Lipar, M., Ferk, M., Kodelja, B., Klemenčič, I., 2010: Obseg pleistocenske poledenitve na Lovčenu v Črni Gori (The extent of Pleistocene glaciation of Lovćen in Montenegro). Geographical Bulletin 82.

Lipar, M., 2009: Pinnacle syngenetic karst in Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Acta Carsologica 38.

Recognitions & awards

La Trobe University Postgraduate Writing-up Award (Web of Science) (2014) • Best presentation award at 25th Victorian universities Earth and Environmental Sciences Conference (2012) • La Trobe University Full Fee Research Scholarship (2011-2015) • La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2011-2015) • Department of Geography Award (University of Ljubljana) for special achievements during geography study (for diploma Geomorphological features, developed on Tamala Limestone in surroundings of Cervantes and Jurien Bay, Western Australia) (2009) • Department of Geography Award (University of Ljubljana) for special achievements during geography study (for a seminar Land use change, based on the distance of town centres in Slovenia according to Von Thünen model – using Esri ArcGis) (2007)