Adj. Prof. Metka Petrič, PhD

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Fields of research:

  • karst hydrogeology.



  • IAH Commission on Hydrogeology of Karst;
  • Association of Tracer Hydrology;
  • Slovenian Geological Society.


Advanced scientific study abroad:

  • Grant »Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst« at the Department of Applied Geology, University Karlsruhe in Germany (1 October - 31 December 1996);
  • Research work in Brazil, Croatia, China, Iran, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Great Britain, and United Arab Emirates.


Pedagogical activity:

  • Karstology study programme, Graduate School, University of Nova Gorica (subjects: Karst hydrogeology; Research methods and techniques in karst hydrogeology; Tracing of karst waters), and first degree programme at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Nova Gorica (subject: Hydrology);
  • Faculty of Humanities Koper, University of Primorska  (subject: Karst hydrology and ecology).

Selected bibliography:


  • Kogovšek, J., Petrič, M., 2014. Solute transport processes in a karst vadose zone characterized by long-term tracer tests (the cave system of Postojnska Jama, Slovenia). Journal of Hydrology, 519A: 1205-1213, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.08.047.
  • Petrič, M., Kogovšek, J., 2016. Identifying the characteristics of groundwater flow in the Classical Karst area (Slovenia/Italy) by means of tracer tests. Environmental earth sciences, 75/22: 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s12665-016-6255-4.
  • Petrič, M., 2019. The use of artificial tracer tests in the process of management of karst water resources in Slovenia. In: Younos, T. (ed), et al. Karst water environment: advances in research, management and policy, (The handbook of environmental chemistry. Cham: Springer. P. 133-156, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-77368-1_5.
  • Petrič, M., 2010. Characterization, exploitation, and protection of the Malenščica karst spring, Slovenia: case study. In: Krešić, N., Stevanović, Z. (eds). Groundwater hydrology of springs: engineering, theory, management, and sustainability. Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 428-441.
  • Rusjan, S., Sapač, K., Petrič, M., Lojen, S., Bezak, N., 2019. Identifying the hydrological behavior of a complex karst system using stable isotopes. Journal of Hydrology, 577: 1-11, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.123956.
  • Petrič, M., Kogovšek, J., Ravbar, N., 2018. Effects of the vadose zone on groundwater flow and solute transport characteristics in mountainous karst aquifers: the case of the Javorniki-Snežnik massif (SW Slovenia). Acta carsologica, 47/1: 35-51, doi: 10.3986/ac.v47i1.5144.
  • Vižintin, G., Ravbar, N., Janež, J., Koren, E., Janež, N., Zini, L., Treu, F., Petrič, M., 2018. Integration of models of various types of aquifers for water quality management in the transboundary area of the Soča/Isonzo river basin (Slovenia/Italy). Science of the total environment, 619/620: 1214-1225, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.017.
  • Petrič, M., 2017. Flow dynamics in a karst aquifer studied by means of natural and artificial tracers: a case study of the Malenščica and Unica karst springs. Geologija, 60/2: 211-221, doi: 10.5474/geologija.2017.015.

Education: PhD in Geology

Title: Research Advisor

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