Associate member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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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

GABROVŠEK, Franci, PERIC, Borut, KAUFMANN, Georg. Hydraulics of epiphreatic flow of a karst aquifer. Journal of Hydrology. [Print ed.]. May 2018, vol. 560, str. 56-74, ilustr. ISSN 0022-1694. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.03.019

DREYBRODT, Wolfgang, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Dynamics of wormhole formation in fractured limestones. Hydrology and earth system sciences. 2019, vol. 23, no. 4, str. 1995-2014, ilustr. ISSN 1027-5606. DOI: 10.5194/hess-23-1995-2019

KAUFMANN, Georg, GABROVŠEK, Franci, ROMANOV, Douchko. Fracture evolution in soluble rocks : from single-material fractures towards multi-material fractures = Odvisnost kraškega razvoja razpoke od vrste in zaporedja vodotopnih kamnin, skozi katere poteka. Acta carsologica. [Tiskana izd.]. 2017, letn. 46, št. 2/3, str. 199-216, ilustr. ISSN 0583-6050., DOI: 10.3986/ac.v46i2-3.5135

BLATNIK, Matej, MAYAUD, Cyril, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Groundwater dynamics between Planinsko Polje and springs of the Ljubljanica River, Slovenia = Dinamika podzemne vode med Planinskim poljem in izviri Ljubljanice, Slovenija. Acta carsologica. [Tiskana izd.]. 2019, letn. 48, št. 2, str. 199-226, ilustr. ISSN 0583-6050., DOI: 10.3986/ac.v48i2.7263

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

BRAITENBERG, Carla, PIVETTA, Tommaso, BARBOLLA, Dora Francesca, GABROVŠEK, Franci, DEVOTI, Roberto, NAGY, Ildikò. Terrain uplift due to natural hydrologic overpressure in karstic conduits. Scientific reports. 8 March 2019, vol. 9, art. no. 3934, str. 1-10, ilustr. ISSN 2045-2322., DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-38814-1.

BLATNIK, Matej, FRANTAR, Peter, KOSEC, Denis, GABROVŠEK, Franci. Measurements of the outflow along the eastern border of Planinsko Polje, Slovenia = Meritve odtoka na vzhodnem robu Planinskega polja, Slovenija. Acta carsologica. [Tiskana izd.]. 2017, letn. 46, št. 1, str. 83-93, ilustr. ISSN 0583-6050., DOI: 10.3986/ac.v46i1.4774

GABROVŠEK, Franci. Speleogenesis : telogenetic. In: WHITE, William Blaine (ed.), CULVER, David C. (ed.), PIPAN, Tanja (ed.). Encyclopedia of caves. 3rd ed. London [etc.]: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, cop. 2019. Str. 989-995, ilustr. ISBN 978-0-12-814124-3. [COBISS.SI-ID 44674349]

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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)