Stanka Šebela, PhD

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Fields of research: karst geology, karstology, structural geology, active tectonics, sustainable use of show caves, cave micro-climate.



  • Slovenian Association for Geodesy and Geophysics;
  • International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG);
  • Slovenian Speleological Society;
  • UIS;
  • Slovenian Fulbright Alumni Association.


Advanced scientific study abroad:

  • 1996 – 1997 (scholarship of Slovenska Znanstvena Fundacija for post-doctoral studies in USA);
  • March 1998 –August 1998 (Fulbright grant for post-doctoral studies in USA);
  • 2000- European Sciences Foundation, Groundwater Pollution - GPoll scholarship, Université Montpellier II (France);
  • 2001- Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-NATO Italia, No. 65 NATO Outreach fellowship, No. 5 fellowship for Geology-Mineralogy, Istituto di Ricerca sulla Tettonica Recente-CNR, Italy;
  • December 2003 (advanced scientific study at Universita di Bari, Italy);
  • September 2011- Tbilisi State University, Georgia;
  • July 2012- Tbilisi State University, Georgia.


Pedagogical activity (lecturer):

  • UP FHŠ, graduate study of Geography;
  • University of Nova Gorica, Postgraduate program Karstology.

Selected bibliography:

  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez, PIPAN, Tanja. Cave micro-climate and tourism: towards 200 years (1819-2015) at Postojnska jama (Slovenia). Cave and karst science, ISSN 1356-191X, 2015, vol. 42, no. 2, 78-85, [COBISS.SI-ID 38764589]
  • MULEC, Janez, OARGA-MULEC, Andreea, SCHILLER, Edmund, PERŞOIU, Aurel, HOLKO, Ladislav, ŠEBELA, Stanka. Assessment of the physical environment of epigean invertebrates in a unique habitat: the case of a karst sulfidic spring, Slovenia. Ecohydrology, ISSN 1936-0584, Oct. 2015, vol. 8, iss. 7, 1326-1334,, doi: 10.1002/eco.1585. [COBISS.SI-ID 37903917
  • RAVBAR, Nataša, ŠEBELA, Stanka. The effectiveness of protection policies and legislative framework with special regard to karst landscapes: insights from Slovenia. Environmental science & policy, ISSN 1462-9011, 2015, vol. 51, 106-116, doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.02.013. [COBISS.SI-ID 2658243
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, MILER, Miloš, JARC, Simona, TORKAR, Sonja, ZUPANČIČ, Nina. Characterization of black deposits in karst caves, examples from Slovenia. Facies, ISSN 0172-9179, 2015, vol. 61, 2, 1-13,, doi: 10.1007/s10347-015-0430-z. [COBISS.SI-ID 38197037
  • BRIESTENSKÝ, Miloš, ROWBERRY, Matt D., STEMBERK, Josef, STEFANOV, Petar, VOZÁR, Jozef, ŠEBELA, Stanka, PETRO, Ĺubomír, BELLA, Pavel, GAÁL, Ĺudovít, ORMUKOV, Cholponbek. Evidence of a plate-wide tectonic pressure pulse provided by extensometric monitoring in the Balkan Mountains (Bulgaria). Geologica Carpathica, ISSN 1335-0552, Oct. 2015, vol. 66, no. 5, 427-438, doi: 10.1515/geoca-2015-0035. [COBISS.SI-ID 38996269]
  • ŽIVČIĆ, Mladen, COSTA, Giovanni, SUHADOLC, Peter, ŠEBELA, Stanka. Temporary seismological measurements in Postojna cave system = Občasne seizmične meritve v Postojnskem jamskem sistemu. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2014, 43, 1, 149-157,, doi: 10.3986/ac.v43i1.569. [COBISS.SI-ID 37530669
  • GREGORIČ, Asta, VAUPOTIČ, Janja, ŠEBELA, Stanka. The role of cave ventilation in governing cave air temperature and radon levels (Postojna Cave, Slovenia). International journal of climatology, ISSN 0899-8418, Apr. 2014, vol. 34, 5, 1488-1500, doi: 10.1002/joc.3778. [COBISS.SI-ID 2795259
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez. Sustainable use of the Predjama Cave (Slovenia) and possible scenarios related to anticipated major increases in tourist numbers. Tourism management perspectives, ISSN 2211-9736, 2014, 10, 37-45, doi: 10.1016/j.tmp.2014.01.002. [COBISS.SI-ID 36637997
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez. Natural and anthropogenic influences on the year-round temperature dynamics of air and water in Postojna show cave, Slovenia. Tourism management, ISSN 0261-5177. vol. 40, 2014, 233-243,, doi: 10.1016/j.tourman.2013.06.011. [COBISS.SI-ID 35783725
  • KALENDA, Pavel, NEUMAN, Libor, ŠEBELA, Stanka. Early results of micro-deformation measurements in Magdalena Jama (Slovenia) by a vertical static pendulum. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2013, 42, 1, 143-154, [COBISS.SI-ID 36049709
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, TURK, Janez. Impact of peak period visits on the Postojna Cave (Slovenia) microclimate. Theoretical and applied climatology, ISSN 0177-798X. 2013, vol. 111, no. 1/2, 51-64,, doi: 10.1007/s00704-012-0644-8. [COBISS.SI-ID 33991981
  • ZUPANČIČ, Nina, ŠEBELA, Stanka, MILER, Miloš. Mineralogical and chemical characteristics of black coatings in Postojna cave system. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2011, 40, 2, 307-317, [COBISS.SI-ID 924510
  • GOSAR, Andrej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, KOŠŤÁK, Blahoslav, STEMBERK, Josef. On the state of the TM 71 extensometer monitoring in Slovenia: seven years of micro-tectonic displacement measurements. Acta geodynamica et geomaterialia, ISSN 1214-9705, 2011, vol. 8, no. 4, 389-402, [COBISS.SI-ID 33557549
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez. Air temperature characteristics of the Postojna and Predjama cave systems. Acta geographica Slovenica, ISSN 1581-6613, 2011, 51, 1, 43-64, doi: 10.3986/AGS51102. [COBISS.SI-ID 33522989
  • GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, MIHEVC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, PERNE, Matija, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, RAVBAR, Nataša. Development challenges in karst regions: sustainable land use planning in the karst of Slovenia. Carbonates and evaporites, ISSN 0891-2556, 2011, vol. 26, 4, 365-380,, doi: 10.1007/s13146-011-0072-3. [COBISS.SI-ID 33278253
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez. Local characteristics of Postojna Cave climate, air temperature, and pressure monitoring. Theoretical and applied climatology, ISSN 0177-798X. 2011, vol. 105, no. 3-4, 371-386, doi: 10.1007/s00704-011-0397-9. [COBISS.SI-ID 32213037
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka. Effects of earthquakes in Postojna cave system. Acta carsologica, ISSN 0583-6050, 2010, 39, 3, 597-604, [COBISS.SI-ID 32099117
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, VAUPOTIČ, Janja, KOŠT'ÁK, Blahoslav, STEMBERK, Josef. Direct measurement of present-day tectonic movement and associated radon flux in Postojna cave, Slovenia. Journal of caves and karst studies, ISSN 1090-6924, 2010, vol. 72, no. 1, 21-34, doi: 10.4311/jcks2009es0077. [COBISS.SI-ID 23573031]
EPOS IP - European Plate Observing System Implementation Phase (okvirni_program • 01. october 2015 - 01. october 2019)

Stanka Šebela, geologist, finished her Ph. D. in 1995 at University in Ljubljana (Slovenia) with thessis title: Importance of tectonic structures for formation of cave passages and karst surface features, example of Postojnska jama cave. In the time of her postgraduate study she presented her scientific studies on many international conferences. With international exchange projects she improved the knowledge about structural-geological implications for development of karst areas. She participated in geological and karstological field studies on karst areas in China within the international cooperation between People's Republic of China and Republic of Slovenia in 1996 and 2004. As a schoolar of Slovene Sciences Foundation and Fulbright schoolar in years 1996, 1997 and 1998, she spend 10 months working with US Geological Survey and Desert Research Institute. Her work was tectonic-lithological studies of karst areas in Missouri, Nevada and Arizona.


Activity in international projects:

  • 9 February 2000-8 February 2006, project COST Action 625 "3-D Monitoring of Active Tectonic Structures”, project chief for Slovenia;
  • 1 January 2001-31 December 2002, a project chief together with Ira D. Sasowsky of the project SLO-US 2001/03 "Determination of neotectonics in karst caves with paleomagnetic analyses of cave sediments", cooperation with University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geology, Ohio, USA;
  • 2004-2006 a project chief together with Ira D. Sasowsky of the project BI-US/04-05/2 “Neotectonic and seismic faults in karst caves, their role for speleogenesis”;
  • 2006-2011, three bilateral projects with Czech Republic, BI-CZ/06-07/11, BI-CZ/08-09-015 and BI-CZ/10-11-012;
  • 2010-2014, EPOS-European Plate Observing System, EU FP7 call INFRA-2010-2.2.2;
  • 2011-2013, BlackSeaHazNet project (Complex Research of earthquake's forecasting possibilities, seismicity and climate change correlations), EU FP7 IRSES People;
  • 2015-2016, projekt BI-US/15-16-054, Monitoring of active tectonic micro movements: comparison of conditions from Slovene karst caves with karst areas of Southern Nevada USA;
  • 2015-2019, EPOS IP (EPOS Implementation Phase) H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1, ID 676564.


Scientific interests: karstology, geology, structural geology, active tectonics, sustainable use of show caves, cave micro-climate.

Pedagogical work: lecturer at University of Nova Gorica and at Faculty of Humanities (FHŠ) Koper.

Membership in scientific organizations: member of Speleological Society of Slovenia, International Union of Speleology (UIS), Slovene association for geodesy and geophysics, and International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).

structural geology