Our research focuses on study of biological, geological and chemical factors that are involved in the cycling of chemical elements (light elements: C, N, S, O, H; metals and metalloids: Hg, Cd, Pb, As, Se) in various environmental compartments at the scale of molecules to watersheds. We develop and employ chemical and biological techniques to follow elements transformations, their speciation and fractionation, including the use of stable and radioactive isotopes as tracers. Our goal is, in cooperation in wider medical and public health research, to provide and insight into the source-pathway-receptor-consequences relationships.



Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS): A global approach to effective mercury reduction strategies

This EU-funded project distributes global monitoring data that can be used to measure mercury concentrations in sensitive ecosystems and the food chain. The data can be used to assess the effectiveness of efforts to reduce mercury concentrations and fluxes entering aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

GLOBAQUA: Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity

This EU-funded project has assembled a multidisciplinary consortium in order to study the interaction of multiple stressors within the frame of strong pressure on water resources. The main aim of the project is to achieve a better understanding on how current water management practices and policies could be improved by identifying their main drawbacks and alternatives.

Evaluating geological sequestration of CO2 in low rank coals; Velenje basin, Slovenia as a natural analogue


This applied project focuses on geological-structural mapping at coal excavation fields; origin, transport pathways of fluids and geochemical background of the system with the use of models; circulation of fluids and determination of interaction and biogeochemical processes between the rock-lignite-water-CO2 system.



                      AMOS, Helen M., JACOB, Daniel J., KOCMAN, David, HOROWITZ, Hannah M., ZHANG, Yanxu, DUTKIEWICZ, Stephanie, HORVAT, Milena, CORBITT, Elizabeth S., KRABBENHOFT, David P., SUNDERLAND, Elsie M. Global biogeochemical implications of mercury discharges from rivers and sediment burial. Environmental science & technology, 2014, vol. 48, no. 16, 9514-9522, doi: 10.1021/es502134t
    KOTNIK, Jože, HORVAT, Milena, OGRINC, Nives, FAJON, Vesna, ŽAGAR, Dušan, COSSA, Daniel, SPROVIERI, Francesca, PIRRONE, Nicola. Mercury speciation in the Adriatic Sea. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2015, vol. 96, vol. 1/2, str. 136-148, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.05.037.
     GAMS PETRIŠIČ, Marinka, MURI, Gregor, OGRINC, Nives. Source identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Lake Bled (NW Slovenia) sediments using stable carbon isotopes. Environmental science & technology, 2013, vol. 47 (3), 1280-1286, doi: 10.1021/es303832v, ISSN 0013-936X.
    DOMÍNGUEZ-VILLAR, David, LOJEN, Sonja, KRKLEC, Kristina, BAKER, Andy, FAIRCHILD, Ian J. Is global warming affecting cave temperatures?, Experimental and model data from a paradigmatic case study. Climate dynamics, 2015, 45 (3-4), str. 569-681, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2226-1, ISSN 0930-7575.
    PERDRIAL, Julia N., KANDUČ, Tjaša, et al. Stream water carbon controls in seasonally snow-covered mountain catchments : impact of inter-annual variability of water fluxes, catchment aspect and seasonal processes. Biogeochemistry, 2014,118 (1-3), 273-290, doi: 10.1007/s10533-013-9929-y, ISSN 0168-2563.
    BRENČIČ, Mihael, KONONOVA, Nina, VREČA, Polona. Relation between isotopic composition of precipitation and atmospheric circulation patterns. Journal of Hydrology, 2015, 529 (3), 1422-1432, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.08.040, ISSN 0022-1694.
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