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Paleontology and Sedimentary Geology

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   

Code Science Field
P005  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology, physical geography 

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy; Mesozoic, Cenozoic; radiolarians, diatoms, silicoflagellates; dinosaurs, proboscideans, cave bear; carbonate sedimentary geology and geobiology, anthropogenic sediments.
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source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on November 27, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  118  2,117  1,884  15.97 
Scopus  140  2,754  2,420  17.29 
Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  39186  PhD Tim Cifer  Geology  Researcher  2018 - 2023  20 
2.  17351  Kata Cvetko-Barić    Technical associate  2018 - 2020 
3.  11325  PhD Irena Debeljak  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2018 - 2023  104 
4.  05794  PhD Špela Goričan  Geology  Head  2018 - 2023  279 
5.  08392  PhD Aleksander Horvat  Geology  Researcher  2018 - 2023  185 
6.  54760  Urša Kastelic Kovačič  Geology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023 
7.  54761  Anja Kocjančič  Geology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023  10 
8.  13607  PhD Adrijan Košir  Geology  Technical associate  2018 - 2019  243 
9.  54464  Filip Litera    Technical associate  2020 - 2023 
10.  36049  PhD Andrea Martin Perez  Geology  Researcher  2018 - 2023  97 
11.  01384  PhD Nina Zupančič  Geology  Researcher  2018 - 2023  317 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,799 
The program, carried out at the Ivan Rakovec Institute of Paleontology ZRC SAZU, covers paleontology, sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The main research areas are in Slovenia, but other regions are also included. In the next years, our research will be focused on the following subjects: 1. Mesozoic radiolarians, Miocene diatoms and silicoflagellates – taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology and paleobiogeography. 2. Late Cretaceous hadrosaurid dinosaurs - taxonomy, paleobiogeography and paleoecology. 3. Taxonomy of Neogene Proboscidea. 4. Cave bear paleobiology – growth and reproductive parameters. 5. Stratigraphy of Mesozoic deep-water basins in the Dinarides. 6. Mesozoic and Paleogene carbonate platform systems in the Dinarides. 7. Sedimentology, biostratigraphy, and paleoecology of Oligocene and Miocene sedimentary basins in the Central Paratethys. 8. Carbonate sedimentary geology and geobiology – burial diagenesis, terrestrial carbonates and meteoric diagenesis, geobiology of calcretes. 9. Anthropogenic vs. geogenic contribution of heavy metals in speleothems, soil, and urban sediments. 10. Cooperation in other scientific disciplines (e.g. environmental sciences, archeology, agronomy). The institute closely collaborates with other institutes in Slovenia (Department of Geology at Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute) and has a well-established cooperation with several foreign institutes from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, USA and Switzerland.
Significance for science
The proposed research program will bring new insights into biology, ecology and evolution of the studied fossil groups as well as into sedimentary processes in corresponding paleoenvironments. New paleontologic and stratigraphic data will be obtained in the regions which have previously not been systematically investigated. The results will enable broader regional correlations and will thus substantially contribute to further development of palinspastic models for the Mediterranean realm. Though primarily aimed at contributing to basic geological research, wider implications of the program are also envisaged for other disciplines, e.g., environmental sciences, agronomy and archaeology.
Significance for the country
Paleontology, stratigraphy and sedimentology in general are contributing to a better understanding of our natural habitat and are thus needed to help the society in addressing the environmental issues. More specifically, the investigations on geochemistry of soils have a direct impact on defining measures for environment preservation and health protection. An important goal of the research program is to advance the activities related to the Slovenian natural heritage. The results provide a background for the evaluation of geological sites in terms of protection and their potential use in natural history education. Our studies on provenance of archeological raw materials and on taphonomy of animal remains from archeological sites contribute to the research of Slovenian cultural heritage. With mineralogical and geochemical studies, we participate in applied research on insecticidal efficacy of siliceous sediments and on re-use of waste materials in agriculture and civil engineering.
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