Paleobiology and sedimentary geology (2nd Cycle)

Module Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Aleksander Horvat, PhD Research Fellow and head of the Ivan Rakovec Institute of Palaeontology, lecturer at 2nd and 3rd cycle study programmes at Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU


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In the Palaeobiology and Sedimentary Geology module you will gain advanced knowledge of palaeontology, palaeobiology, sedimentary geology, biostratigraphy, Quaternary geology and geoarchaeology. The module includes general subjects that introduce students to research methods and techniques in paleontology and sedimentary geology, as well as geostatistics and numerical modeling of geological processes. With electives you will acquire scientific literacy, scientific specialisation and qualifications, as well as practical experience.

The lecturers of the module Paleobiology and Sedimentary Geology are mostly researchers employed at the Ivan Rakovec Institute of Palaeontology in the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The institute specialises in three basic areas of geology: palaeontology, ( bio ) stratigraphy and sedimentology. Research includes palaeontology, palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography and biostratigraphy of selected groups of organisms (diatoms, silicoflagellates, radiolarians, foraminifera, molluscs, corals and vertebrates), sedimentary geology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate platforms and deep-water basins, and geobiology of Tertiary and recent terrestrial carbonates, and geoarchaeology. Their research is mainly funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and partly by various marketing projects. The lecturers have a wide international network. They have pedagogical experience at Slovenian universities and universities abroad and have participated in the mentorship of many students.

 

Modul objectives:

  • General knowledge of geological science systems.
  • Knowledge of basic scientific concepts and methods in geology, paleontology, stratigraphy, and sedimentary geology.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of basic paleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and sedimentary geology.
  • Knowledge of general and specific knowledge in the fields of paleontology, palaeoecology, stratigraphy and sedimentary geology.
  • Practical experience in scientific work (from study design to field and laboratory exercises, research or project work, and presentation of results).
  • Ability to vertically and horizontally integrate acquired knowledge.
  • Ability to integrate knowledge from the other fields in an interdisciplinary way.
  • Independent and critical thinking about methods, findings and interpretations of scientific work.
  • Independent comprehension of scientific content, meaningful integration of knowledge, and articulate presentation to other users (e.g. seminar, professional article, research paper).

The lecturers of the module Paleobiology and Sedimentary Geology are mostly researchers employed at the Ivan Rakovec Institute of Palaeontology at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The institute specializes in three basic areas of geology: palaeontology, ( bio ) and sedimentology. Research includes palaeontology, palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography and biostratigraphy of selected groups of organisms (diatoms, silicoflagellates, radiolarians, foraminifera, molluscs, corals and vertebrates), sedimentary geology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate platforms and deep-water basins, and geobiology of Tertiary and recent terrestrial carbonates, and geoarchaeology. Their research is mainly funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and partly by various marketing projects. The lecturers have a wide international network. They have pedagogical experience at Slovenian universities and universities abroad and have participated in the mentorship of many students. The organisms studied by the Institute staff lived in different environments: on land (dinosaurs and other Cretaceous vertebrates, Quaternary mammals), in shallow coastal seas (benthic foraminifera, corals, sponges, molluscs) and in deep-sea intracontinental basins (radiolarians, diatoms, planktonic foraminifera), so their remains are found in very different sedimentary rocks. In the last decade, the Institute has put a special emphasis on sedimentology, which includes knowledge of the sedimentological characteristics of rocks as well as the age, diversity and ecology of the fossil inventory, allows comprehensive interpretation and reconstruction of different sedimentary environments, determines their mutual geographical position through time, and reconstructs the complex geological history of a given territory. Their research is mainly funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) and partly by various marketing projects. The lecturers have a wide international network. They have pedagogical experience at Slovenian universities and universities abroad and have participated in the mentorship of many students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Izbirni predmeti modula z nosilci in nosilkami

Research methods and techniques (analytical package) ǀ

Assist. Prof. Andrea Martín Pérez, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 3

Palaeontology and geobiology ǀ

Assist. Prof. Špela Goričan, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 9

Carbonate sedimentary geology ǀ

Assist. Prof. Andrea Martín Pérez, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 9

Geochemistry of sedimentary rocks ǀ

Assist. Prof. Špela Goričan, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6

Geostatistics and numerical modelling of geological processes ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Franci Gabrovšek, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6

Quaternary geology ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Aleksander Horvat, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6

Geology of sedimentary basins ǀ

Assist. Prof. Špela Goričan, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6

Geoarchaeology and bioarchaeology ǀ

Assoc. Prof. Aleksander Horvat, Ph. D. ,

ECTS: 6