Assoc. Prof. Metka Petrič, Ph. D.

Associate Professor at master degree study programme (2nd cycle) Earth and Environmental Sciences at Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

+386 5 700 19 04

Course principal:

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences (master study 2nd cycle):



  • Sc. in Geology (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, University of Ljubljana, 1992);
  • Sc. in Geology (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, University of Ljubljana, 1995);
  • D. in Geology (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana, 2000).


Research interests:

  • karst hydrogeology;
  • recharge of karst aquifers;
  • tracing with natural and artificial tracers;
  • pollution risks and protection of karst water resources.

Project leading:

  • applied research project L2-1152 Use of tracing with environmental and artificial tracers in planning of the protection of karst waters;
  • international projects SMART-KARST: International Karstological School Sustainable management of natural resources on karst (Marie Curie Actions, 6th Framework Programme EU) and Karst and water supply: The role of karst aquifers for economy (Slovenian-Swiss cooperation programme to reduce economic and social disparities within the enlarged EU);
  • partner project team in international projects STALAGMITE: Sustainable management of groundwater in karstic environments (4th Framework Programme EU), Groundwater management of coastal karstic aquifers (Action COST 621) GEP: Joint Geo-Information System (GIS) for Emergency Protection of Drinking Water Resources (Slovenia-Italy Cross-Border Cooperation Programme) and ŠKOCJAN-RISNJAK: Common system for the evaluation of the sustainability of water resources management in the Natural Parks Škocjanske Jame and Risnjak (Slovenia-Croatia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme);
  • bilateral research projects with UK, Turkey and Serbia.


Educational activity:

  • three successfully completed and one ongoing Ph. D. supervisions;
  • supervision of two M. Sc. theses (2nd cycle programmes), four B. Sc. diplomas (old study programmes) and two B. Sc. diplomas (1st cycle programmes);
  • lecturer at University of Nova Gorica and University of Primorska.



  • member of the IAH Commission on Hydrogeology of Karst;
  • section Editor (karst hydrogeology) of Acta Carsologica;
  • member of the Slovenian National Committee of the IHP UNESCO Programme;
  • member of the expert group of the UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija;
  • member of organizing committees of several international scientific conferences;
  • DAAD Grant (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) for an internship at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.

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.


Application karstology

Prof. Tadej Slabe, Ph. D. ,


Ecohydrological processes and pressures in karst

Assoc. Prof. Nataša Viršek Ravbar, Ph. D. ,


Karst and tectonic structures

Prof. Stanka Šebela, Ph. D. ,


Karst geomorphology

Assoc. Prof. Nadja Zupan Hajna, Ph. D. ,


Physical speleology and speleogenesis

Prof. Franci Gabrovšek, Ph. D. ,