Methodology of research work

This course is part of the programme
Karstology (Third Cycle)

Objectives and competences

• Students are introduced to the basic principles and practices in research work
• Learn the basic research techniques and methods that are commonly used in karstology
• Learn the basic principles on how to prepare and carry out experimental work, analysis and interpretation of the results and the basics of research results presentation
• Students are be capable of independent assessment of literature and sources.




The basic aims and objectives of the course are to introduce students to the procedures and methods of scientific research as well as to basic research techniques and methods that are commonly used in karstology.

Intended learning outcomes

• Educating graduate students and young researchers to perfect the practical skills needed for a successful research career
• Rrecommendations on how to choose a research topic; the ethics of research; using scientific literature; perfecting oral and written communication; writing and publishing papers; etc.
• Introduction to research methods frequently applied in karst hydrogeology and geomorphology


• Ford, D.C. & P. Williams, 2007. Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 562 pp
• Gillieson, D., 1996: Caves: processes, development and management.- Blackwell Publishers, Oxford & Cambridge, 324 pp.
• Goldscheider, N. & D. Drew, 2007: Methods in Karst Hydrogeology.- International Contributions to Hydrogeology, Taylor & Francis, London, 276 pp.
• Scott, M. & B. Whitener, 2006: Speaking about Science: A Manual for Creating Clear Presentations. Cambridge University Press
• Sneider, R. & K. Larner, 2009: The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors. Cambridge University Press
• White, W.B., 1988: Geomorphology and hydrology of karst terrains.- Oxford University Press, New York, ix, 464 pp.


Oral examination 100%.

Lecturer's references

Adjunct professor of Karstology.


RAVBAR, Nataša, MAYAUD, Cyril, BLATNIK, Matej, PETRIČ, Metka. Determination of inundation areas within karst poljes and intermittent lakes for the purposes of ephemeral flood mapping. Hydrogeology journal, ISSN 1431-2174, 2020, vol. , iss. , 16 str., ilustr., doi: 10.1007/s10040-020-02268-x. [COBISS.SI-ID 41163779]

OLARINOYE, Tunde, GLEESON, Tom, MARX, Vera, SEEGER, Stefan, ADINEHVAND, Rouhollah, ALLOCCA, Vincenzo, ANDREO, Bartolomé, APAÉSTEGUI, James, APOLIT, Christophe, ARFIB, Bruno, BLATNIK, Matej, RAVBAR, Nataša, et al. Global karst springs hydrograph dataset for research and management of the world's fastest-flowing groundwater. Scientific data, ISSN 2052-4463, 20 Feb. 2020, 7, article no. 59, ilustr., doi: 10.1038/s41597-019-0346-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 45966637]

PETRIČ, Metka, RAVBAR, Nataša, GOSTINČAR, Petra, KRSNIK, Petra, GACIN, Marina. GIS database of groundwater flow characteristics in carbonate aquifers : tracer test inventory from Slovenian karst. Applied geography, ISSN 0143-6228. [Print ed.], May 2020, vol. 118, 8 str., ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102191. [COBISS.SI-ID 46123309]

MAYAUD, Cyril, GABROVŠEK, Franci, BLATNIK, Matej, KOGOVŠEK, Blaž, PETRIČ, Metka, RAVBAR, Nataša. Understanding flooding in poljes : a modelling perspective. Journal of Hydrology, ISSN 0022-1694. [Print ed.], Aug. 2019, vol. 575, str. 874-889, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.04.092. [COBISS.SI-ID 44973357]

PARISE, Mario, GABROVŠEK, Franci, KAUFMANN, Georg, RAVBAR, Nataša. Recent advances in karst research : from theory to fieldwork and applications. V: PARISE, Mario (ur.), et al. Advances in karst research : theory, fieldwork and applications, (Special publication - Geological Society of London, ISSN 0305-8719, no. 466). London: Geological Society. 2018, str. 1-24, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 43344429]