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Paleontology and Sedimentary Geology

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   

Code Science Field
P6   Natural sciences and mathematics  P6  

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
Paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology; diatoms, silicoflagellates, radiolarians, moluscs, echinoderms, vertebrates; Mesozoic, Cenozoic; carbonates, clastics.
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  30482  PhD Miloš Bartol  Geology  Researcher  2010 - 2012  83 
2.  17351  Kata Cvetko-Barić    Technical associate  2009 - 2012 
3.  25794  PhD Alenka Eva Črne  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  40 
4.  11325  PhD Irena Debeljak  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2009 - 2012  104 
5.  05794  PhD Špela Goričan  Geology  Head  2009 - 2012  279 
6.  08392  PhD Aleksander Horvat  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  185 
7.  32279  PhD Duje Kukoč  Geology  Junior researcher  2010 - 2012  32 
8.  08229  PhD Vasja Mikuž  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  353 
9.  01384  PhD Nina Zupančič  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  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 goal of the present program is to continue current investigations on biochronology, evolution, paleoecology, and biogeography of selected fossil groups. Because an adequate time and environmental framework is necessary for interpreting taxonomic structure of fossil assemblages, the program will include detailed studies on stratigraphy, sedimentology, mineralogy, and geochemistry. In addition, this integrated approach will allow us to reconstruct sedimentary evolution and paleogeography of the studied sedimentary basins. In the next five years, our research will be focused on the following topics: 1. Jurassic-Cretaceous sedimentary evolution of the Julian Nappe and correlation with neighbouring basins in Slovenia and Italy; comparison between the evolution of the south Tethyan continental margin in a divergent (Jurassic) and convergent regime (Cretaceous). 2. Catalog and biochronology of Pliensbachian, Toarcian and Aalenian Radiolaria; detection of major global radiolarian faunal turnovers, comparison with extinction/radiation events of other fossil groups and correlation with contemporaneous paleoceanographic changes. 3. Mesozoic sedimentary evolution of the Hawasina Basin in Oman. 4. Systematics, taphonomy and paleobiogeography of Late Cretaceous vertebrate assemblages from Kozina and Stranice; implications for paleogeographic reconstruction of the western Tethys in the Late Cretaceous. 5. Miocene diatoms and silicoflagellates of Slovenia; paleoecologic evolution of Miocene sedimentary basins in Slovenia; paleogeographic reconstruction of the Central Paratethys. 6. Tertiary mammals of Slovenia - systematics, paleobiolgy and paleoecology. 7. Cave bear from Slovenian sites - paleobiology and population dynamics.
Significance for science
The proposed research program has brought 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 have been obtained in the regions which had previously not been systematically investigated. The results enable broader regional correlations and can 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 possible in other disciplines, e.g., environmental sciences, agronomy and archaeology.
Significance for the country
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. Among the activities, directly linked to the natural heritage management, the program group takes part in the projects of geological monitoring of the motorway construction, funded by DARS (Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia). Our provenance studies of archeological raw materials contribute to the research of Slovenian cultural heritage. Four researchers of the program group are faculty members at the University of Ljubljana.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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