Associate Professor

05/ 700 19 07
05/ 700 19 99
Research interests
    • numerical modelling of speleogenesis and morphogenesis in karst
    • hydraulics of karst conduits
    • mass and heat transport in karst systems
    • dissolution of carbonate rocks
    • cave microclimate
Selected publications

Selected papers of the last three years


GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, MIHEVC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, PERNE, Matija, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, RAVBAR, Nataša. Development challenges in karst regions : sustainable land use planning in the karst of Slovenia. Carbonates and evaporites, 2011, vol. 26, nr. 4, str. 365-380, ilustr., doi: 10.1007/s13146-011-0072-3.

GABROVŠEK, Franci, STEPIŠNIK, Uroš. On the formation of collapse dolines : a modelling perspective. Geomorphology (Amst.). [Print ed.], 2011, vol. 134, 1-2, str. 23-31, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.06.007.

GABROVŠEK, Franci, DREYBRODT, Wolfgang. Spreading of tracer plums through confined telogenetic karst aquifers : a model. J. Hydrol. (Amst.). [Print ed.], 2011, vol. 409, issues 1/2, str. 20-29, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.07.029.

COVINGTON, M. D., LUHMANN, A. J., SAAR, M. O., GABROVŠEK, Franci, WICKS, Carol M. Mechanisms of heat exchange between water and rock in karst conduits. Water resour. res., 2011, vol. 47, no. 10, 18 str., ilustr., doi: 10.1029/2011WR010683, 2011.


GABROVŠEK, Franci, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, KOVAČIČ, Gregor, PETRIČ, Metka, RAVBAR, Nataša, TURK, Janez. Recent results of tracer tests in the catchment of the Unica River (SW Slovenia) = Novejši rezultati sledilnih poskusov v zaledju reke Unice (JZ Slovenija). Acta carsol., 2010, letn. 39, št. 1, str. 27-37, ilustr., zvd., graf. prikazi, tab. [COBISS.SI-ID 31342893]

GABROVŠEK, Franci, TURK, Janez. Observations of stage and temperature dynamics in the epiphreatic caves within the catchment area of the Ljubljanica river (Slovenia). Geologia Croatica, 2010, letn. 63, št. 2, str. 187-193, ilustr., graf. prikazi. [COBISS.SI-ID 31508269]

SKOGLUND OVREVIK, Rannveig, LAURITZEN, Stein-Erik, GABROVŠEK, Franci. The impact of glacier ice-contact and subglacial hydrochemistry on evolution of maze caves : a modelling approach. J. Hydrol. (Amst.). [Print ed.], 2010, [57], doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.04.037.

GABROVŠEK, Franci, DREYBRODT, Wolfgang. Karstification in unconfined limestone aquifers by mixing of phreatic water with surface water from a local input: a model. J. Hydrol. (Amst.). [Print ed.], 2010, 386, str. 130-141.


DREYBRODT, Wolfgang, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Small-scale terraces and isolated rimstone pools on stalagmites in caves exhibit striking similarity to large-scale terrace landscapes at hot springs = Drobljive sigaste terase na stalagmitih so presenetljivo podobne velikim terasam, ki rastejo ob termalnih kraških izvirih. Acta carsol., 2009, letn. 38, št. 1, str. 19-26, ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 29916973]

MILANOLO, Simone, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Analysis of carbon dioxide variations in the atmosphere of Srednja Bijambarska Cave, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Boundary - layer meteorol.. [Print ed.], 2009, 131, str. 479-493, zvd., graf. prikazi. [COBISS.SI-ID 29791789]

TURK, Janez, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Hidrogeologija Vetrovne jame v vodonosniku severno od Planinskega polja = Hydrogeology of the cave Vetrovna jama in karst aquifer north from Planinsko polje (Notranjska region, central Slovenia). Geologija. [Tiskana izd.], 2009, vol. 52, no. 1, str. 137-144. [COBISS.SI-ID 1650517]

GABROVŠEK, Franci. On concepts and methods for the estimation of dissolutional denudation rates in karst areas. Geomorphology (Amst.). [Print ed.], 2009, issues 1-2, vol. 106, str. 9-14., doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.09.008. [COBISS.SI-ID 29559597]



  • GABROVŠEK, Franci. Evolution of early karst aquifers : from simple principles to complex models. Ljubljana [i. e] Postojna: Inštitut za raziskovanje krasa, ZRC SAZU, Založba ZRC, 2000. 150 str., ilustr. ISBN 961-6358-13-8.
  • DREYBRODT, Wolfgang, GABROVŠEK, Franci, ROMANOV, Douchko, Processes of speleogenessis : a modeling approach, (Carsologica, 4). ZRC Publishing, 2005. 375 str., ilustr. ISBN 961-6500-91-0.
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Curriculum Vitae


1995: Diploma in Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana.

2000: Doctor of natural sciences (Dr. Rer. Nat, Suma Cum Laude), Department of Experimental Physics, University of Bremen. Topic: Evolution of early karst aquifers.


1997-2000: PhD student at the University of Bremen.

2000-: Researcher at the Karst Research Institute, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts. Current position: Research Advisor at the Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU.


2001-: Lecturer at the postgraduate study program Karstology at the University of Nova Gorica.

2010-: Lecturer of Statistics; School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica.

2006-: Supervisor of three doctoral students (1 completed).

2010-: Supervisor of a postdoctoral student from USA, recipient of NSF funds for research abroad.

2000: “Bremer Studienpreiss”: The price of the University of Bremen for the PhD work in natural sciences in year 2000. Two awards were given.


- member of organizing committee of the International Karstological School (1996- present), leader in 2001 and 2009.

- convener of the session "Hydrogeology of karstic and fissured aquifers" at the yearly general assembly of European Geosciences Union (2004-present), leader in 2006-2008,

- the head of the Expert Council of the Škocjan Caves Regional Park (2010-),

- editor the journal Acta Carsologica (co-editor 2001-2010, editor in chief (2011-)),

- editor of a book series “Carsologica”, ZRC Publishing.

Recognitions & awards

Bremer Studienpreiss 2000 (best doctoral thesis award)