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Dr Ritienne Gauci was appointed by the University of Malta in 2008 as Geography lecturer at Junior College and held the post for two years before joining the Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts in 2010. She is presently lecturing and researching mainly in Physical Geography, with a particular focus on studies of coastal processes and related landforms, erosion studies on rocky coasts, coastal boulder dynamics and related hazards, beach sediment processes, geomorphometric techniques, historical sea level changes, geoheritage and natural hazards. She holds research interests also in traditional cartography, with particular interest in melitensia maps and historical mapping of physical land features.

Dr Gauci formerly occupied a teaching post at San Anton Senior School as a Geography and Environmental Studies teacher (1995-2002) and was then appointed as its Head of the Humanities Department from 2002 till 2007. Between 1996 and 1998, she also acted as research consultant on demography and socio-environmental development for the Planning Council, which led to the drafting the Regional Plan for the South of Malta. She also held part-time lecturing posts in Geography and Environmental Science at St Aloysius College Sixth Form (2001-2007) and St Martin’s College Sixth Form (2007-2009). In 2007, Dr Gauci was offered the post as Commission Officer for Student Affairs with the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE). She was responsible for policies related to student access, welfare and contributed to the setting up of the ESF funded project STEPS and the MGSS Undergraduate Scheme. She has also served as board member on the Malta Resources Authority (MRA), the Appeals Board of the Malta Qualification Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) and STEPS Selection Board (MEDE).  

Dr Gauci holds a PhD in Geography from the Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth, UK. Under the lead supervision of Dr Robert Inkpen, she has researched on processes of surface change on limestone shore platforms on the Maltese Islands. Under the remit of the Geography Department, she is involved in various external research collaborations such as with University of Portsmouth, University of Liverpool Hope, and University of Canterbury in UK and with University of Trieste and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy.  She is the national representative on the International Association of Geomorphology (IAG), member of the British Society of Geomorphology (BSG) and fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (RGS-IBG). She is also serving as a committee member of the Malta Map Society and acts as consultant editor for the Malta Map Society Journal. She works for the MATSEC Board on an annual basis through various appointments and regularly acts as paper reviewer for various international publishers such as Springer and Taylor and Francis.

 

International peer-reviewed publications

§  Edited books

Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds)  (2020) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer Publications, Cham. Info at: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030154547

§   Journal papers 

Main, G., Schembri, J., Gauci, R., Crawford, K., Chester, D. and Duncan, A., (2018) The hazard exposure of the Maltese Islands. Natural Hazards, 92(2), pp.829-855.

Gauci R., Schembri J.A., & Inkpen R. (2017) Traditional use of shore platforms: a study of the artisanal management of salinas on the Maltese Islands. In York K. (Ed.), Traditional Wisdom Before it is too Late, SAGE Open Special Issue, Sage Publications, Vol.7  Issue 2,  pp.  1-16. Available at:  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2158244017706597

Sammut S., & Gauci R. (2017) Pocket beach sediment: A field investigation of the geodynamic processes of coarse-clastic beaches on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Marine Geology, Elsevier, Vol. 387, pp. 58-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2017.02.011

Causon Deguara J., & Gauci R. (2017) Evidence of extreme wave events from boulder deposits on the south-east coast of Malta (Central Mediterranean.  Natural Hazards, Springer, Vol.86 (2): 543-568. DOI 10.1007/s11069-016-2525-4

Furlani S., Antonioli F., Gambin T., Gauci R., Ninfo A., Zavagno E., Micallef A., & Cucchi C. (2017) Marine notches in the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean Sea), Quaternary International, Elsevier, Vol. 439, pp. 158-168.

Biolchi S., Furlani S., Antonioli F., Baldassini N., Causon Deguara J., Devoto S., Di Stefano A., Evans J., Gambin T., Gauci R., Mastronuzzi G., Monaco C., & Scicchitano G. (2016) Boulder accumulations related to extreme wave events on the eastern coast of Malta, Natural Hazards Earth System Sciences (NHESS), Copernicus Publications, EGU, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 737-756; doi: 10.5194/nhess-16-737-2016

Biolchi S., Furlani S., Devoto S., Gauci R., Castaldini D., and Soldati M. (2016) Geomorphological identification, classification and spatial distribution of coastal landforms of Malta (Mediterranean Sea), Journal of Maps, Taylor and Francis, Volume 12, Issue 1, 87-99. DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2014.984001

Coratza P., Gauci R., Schembri J., Soldati M., & Tonelli C. (2015) Bridging natural and cultural values of sites with outstanding scenery: evidence from Gozo, Maltese Islands. Geoheritage, Springer,  Vol. 8, 91–103 DOI:10.1007/s12371-015-0167-712/2015

Furlani S., Antonioli F., Biolchi S., Gambin T., Gauci R., Lo Presti V., Anzidei M., Devoto S., Palombo M., Sulli A. (2013)Reply to comment by C. Morhange, C. Flaux, P.A. Pirazzoli, M.B. Carre on “Holocene Sea level Change in Malta”, Quaternary International, Elsevier, Volume 303 (2013), 235-236. ISSN 1040-6182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.04.005

Deidun A., Gauci R., Schembri J.A., Šegina E., Gauci A., Sciberras A. &  Sciberras, J. (2013) Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) In: Conley, D.C., Masselink, G., Russell, P.E. and O’Hare, T.J. (Eds.), Proceedings 12th International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, England), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 65, 1757-1761, ISSN 0749-0208

Furlani S., Antonioli F., Biolchi S., Gambin T., Gauci R., Lo Presti V., Anzidei M., Devoto S., Palombo M., Sulli A., (2013) Relative Sea Level Change in Malta. Quaternary International, Elsevier, Vol. 288,  146-157

Biolchi S., Gambin T., Gauci R., Antonioli F., Furlani S., Anzidei M., Devoto S. (2011) Late Holocene sea level change in Malta. Il Quaternario – Italian Journal of Quaternary Sciences 24, 20-22

§  Book chapters

Gauci R., and Inkpen R. (2020) The physical characteristics of limestone shore platforms on the Maltese Islands and their neglected contribution to coastal land use development. In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Gauci R. and Scerri S. (2020) A synthesis of different geomorphological landscapes on the Maltese Islands. In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (2020) Introduction to Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Furlani, S., Gauci R., Devoto S., Schembri J.A. (2020) Filfla: a case study of the effect of target practice on coastal landforms.  In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Furlani, S., Gauci R., Biolchi S. (2020) Sea caves and coastal karst scenery along the Maltese coasts: the case study of Blue Grotto In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Sammut S., Gauci R., Inkpen R., Lewis J.J. and Gibson A. (2020) Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Satariano B. and Gauci R. (2020) Landform loss and its effect on health and wellbeing: The collapse of the Azure Window (Gozo) and the resultant reactions of the media and the Maltese community. In: Gauci R. and Schembri J.A. (Eds) Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands, Springer, Cham.

Schembri J.A., Gauci R., Furlani S. & Mizzi R. (2018). Malta in the First World War: an appraisal through cartography and local newspapers. In Harvey D. and Wallis J. (Eds.), Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary. Routledge, Research in Historical Geography Series, Chp 5: pg 68-82. ISBN-13: 978-1138121188.

 

Contributions in local journals and feature articles

Gauci R. & Schembri J.A. (2019) From outcrops to maps: the birth of geological maps of the Maltese Islands in the 19th century - Part 2, Malta Map Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, February 2019, pgs 48-47. ISSN- 2412-1622.

Gauci R., & Schembri J.A. (2017) From outcrops to maps: the birth of geological maps of the Maltese Islands in the 19th century - Part I, Malta Map Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, February 2017, 16-26, ISSN- 2412-1622.

Gauci R., &  Zammit W. (2016). Charting Space and Time, University of Malta Think Magazine, 56-61.

Gauci R. & Caruana Smith D. (2015). Cartographic Analysis of Nautical Charts: A proposed systematic model based on selected charts of the Maltese Islands, Malta Map Society Newsletter, Special Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1, 65-71, ISSN – 2409-3211.

Schembri J.A., &  Gauci R. (2015). Malta and Gozo in a 1907 Public Works Series of Sketches of Villages – A study of street patterns, hachures and lost coastlines, Malta Map Society Newsletter, Special Edition, Volume 3, Issue 1 56-64. ISSN –2409-3211.

Gauci R. (2008). EU seeks to increase university-business co-operation, a media article published in the Sunday Times of Malta, 23th March 2008. Accessible at: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080323/education/eu-seeks-to-increase-university-business-co-operation.201188

 

Contribution to Consultancy and Policy Papers

Gauci R. (2010) Ambiguous application cases under the Malta Government Scholarship Scheme (MGSS) Undergraduate Scheme 2009: an evaluation report, a cnosultancy report presented to the Malta Government Scholarships Scheme Board, Ministry of Education, Youth and Family, January 2010.

Gauci R. (2007) Exemptions from University Fees: a review, a policy paper presented to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Family, October 2007.

Gauci R. (2007) Review of the Malta Government Scholarship Scheme 2006-2007, a review report presented to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Family, October 2007.

Gauci R. (2007) National Transposition of Council Directive 2004/114/EC: implications for local employment and long-term residence status, a consultancy paper presented to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, 27th September 2007.

Abela R. (1998) Demography in the Southern Regions of Malta, a policy paper published in The Regional Development Plan for the South of Malta Report, Planning Council, Ministry of Housing and Local Councils, February 1998.

 

Contribution to International Conferences: oral/poster presentations or full conference proceedings

Schembri J.A., Gauci, R., Causon-Degura, J. (2018) Coastal Swimming Zones in Malta: a geo-historical evaluation – an oral paper presented by Schembri J.A. at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018, 'Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography', Cardiff, UK, 28th – 30th August 2018.

Coratza P., Gauci R., Selmi L., Soldati M. (2017) Geomorphosite Recognition and Assessment in Northern Malta (Mediterranean Sea): a Tool for Sustainable Tourism Development. A poster paper presented at the IAG 9th International Conference on Geomorphology, ‘Geomorphology and Society’, New Delhi, India, 6th - 11th November 2017.

Main G., Schembri J.A., Gauci R., Crawford K.,  Chester D., & Duncan A. (2017) The safest place on Earth: The Hazard Exposure of the Maltese Islands. An oral paper presented by Main G. at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, 'Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world', London, UK, 30th Aug- 1st September 2017.

Sammut S., Gauci R., Drago A., Gauci A., & Azzopardi J. (2017). Nearshore wave modelling in pocket beaches: Adoption of SWAN model approach for sediment tracer studies on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean), Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-16783-1, 2017 EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23rd-28th April 2017. 

Causon Deguara J., & Gauci R. (2017). Assessing the role of coastal characteristics in erosional process of rocky shores by boulder quarrying. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-6479, 2017 EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23rd-28th April 2017. 

Biolchi, S., Furlani, S., Antonioli, F., Baldassini, N., Cucchi, F., Deguara, J.,Devoto, S., Di Stefano, A., Evans, J. ,Gambin, T. , Gauci, R. , Mastronuzzi, G.A. ,Monaco, C., & Scicchitano G. (2015). Extreme waves impact on the island of Malta (Mediterranean Sea), a poster presented at Georisks in the Mediterranean and their Mitigation, Malta, 20th-21st July 2015.

Causon Deguara J., & Gauci R. (2015). Evidence of extreme wave events from boulder deposits on the SE Coast of Malta: a geographic and geomorphometric analysis, a poster presented at Georisks in the Mediterranean and their Mitigation, Malta, 20th-21st July 2015.

Schembri J.A., Gauci, R., & Mizzi R. (2015) Hachures as identifiers of lost coastal landscapes in Malta. An oral paper presented by Schembri J.A. at the International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, 5th-10th July 2015. 

Schembri J.A., Attard M., & Gauci R. (2015) “Adieu, ye curse’d streets of stairs!” Living behind stone curtains of walled towns in Malta. An oral paper presented by Schembri J.A. at the Cities and Citizens Seventeenth Century Studies Conference, Durham University, 13th- 15th July 2015.

Schembri J.A., Attard M., & Gauci R. (2015). Applying a GeoHumanities interpretation to Maltese place-name nomenclature. An oral paper presented by Schembri J.A. at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA, 21st – 25th April 2015.

Gauci R., Schembri J.A., Mizzi R., & Inkpen R. (2015) Coastal salt pans: strengthening the new emerging role of Maltese shore platforms for geo-tourism with GIS Mapping, a poster presented at EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12th-17th April 2015.

Schembri J.A., & Gauci R. (2015). Geographies of coastal vulnerability in Malta: the traffic flow scenario in selected localities. A poster paper presented at World Conference on Transport Research Society.  Valletta, 13th -14th April 2015.   

Coratza P., Gauci R., Schembri J.A., Soldati M., & Tonelli C. (2015). Integration of the Geomorphological Environment and Cultural Heritage for Tourism Promotion: A case study of Gozo (Maltese Islands). A poster paper presented at EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 12th-17th April 2015.

Biolchi S., Furlani S., Baldassini N., Antonioli F., Cucchi F., Devoto S., Di Stefano A., Gambin T.,  Gauci R., Monaco C., & Scicchitano G., (2014). Large boulder deposits along the Maltese coasts, 87th Congress of Italian Geological Society, Volume 31, Issue 1, p 521.

Gauci R., & Schembri J.A. (2014) Maltese coastal salt pans: Measurement, Mapping and Management of Xwejni Salt Pans at Marsalforn, Gozo. In: Benincasa F. (Ed.) Proceedings Fifth International Symposium Monitoring on Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems and Measurement Techniques, Livorno (Italy) 17-19th June 2014, pp. 205-213, full proceedings published by CNR-IBIMET Florence (Italy), ISBN-978-88-95597-19-5.

Causon Deguara J., & Gauci R. (2014) Boulder and megaclast deposits on the south-east coast of Malta: signature of storm or tsunami event? In: Benincasa F. (Ed.) Proceedings Fifth International Symposium Monitoring on Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems And Measurement Techniques, Livorno (Italy) 17-18-19 June 2014, pp. 594-603, full proceedings published by CNR-IBIMET Florence (Italy),ISBN-978-88-95597-19-5.

Sammut S., & Gauci R. (2014) The Morphodynamics of Shingle Beaches in the Maltese Islands – A Temporal and Spatial Perspective. In Benincasa F. (Ed.) Proceedings Fifth International Symposium Monitoring on Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems and Measurement Techniques, Livorno (Italy) 17-18-19 June 2014, pp. 732-741, full proceedings published by CNR-IBIMET Florence (Italy), ISBN- 978-88-95597-19-5.

Schembri J.A, Gauci R., Farrugia C., & Callus L. (2014) Down Memory Lane: Geographies of Malta’s coastal villages at the turn of the 20th Century. A poster paper presented at the EUROGEO Annual Conference 2014, The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information, 15th-17th May 2014, Valletta, Malta.

Furlani S., Biolchi S., Gauci R., & Busetti A. (2014) Wave Activity along the NE Adriatic Coast, Poster Presentation at the EUROGEO Annual Conference 2014, The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information, 15th-17th May 2014, Valletta, Malta.

Sammut S., & Gauci R. (2014) The morphodynamics of shingle beaches in the Maltese Islands – A temporal and spatial perspective, Poster Presentation at the EUROGEO Annual Conference 2014, The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information, 15th-17th May 2014, Valletta, Malta.

Gauci R., & Schembri J.A. (2014) Maltese Coastal Salt pans: Measurement, Mapping and Management of Xwejni Salt Pans at Marsalforn , Gozo, Oral Presentation at the EUROGEO Annual Conference 2014, The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information, 15th-17th May 2014, Valletta, Malta.

Schembri J.A, Gauci R., Soldati M., & Devoto S. (2013) Vertigo: exploring the geographies of sea cliffs in Malta, a poster presented at the Coastal Cliffs and Lake Bluffs Symposium Llandudno, North Wales, Conservation, management and restoration of coastal cliffs and lake bluffs, 17th and 18th September 2013.

Gauci R., Coratza  P., Schembri J.A, Soldati M., & Tonelli C (2013) Understanding the geo-heritage value of Dwejra (Gozo) as a geomorphosite,  8th International Conference held by the International Association of Geomorphologists, Geomorphology and Sustainability, between the 27th- 31st August 2013, Paris, Abstracts Volume  Vol 1, Pg 534.

Gauci R., Inkpen R., Furlani S., & Schembri J.A. (2013) Identification and quantification of surface erosion on shore platforms in Malta and their relationship to environmental change’, 8th International Conference held by the International Association of Geomorphologists, Geomorphology and Sustainability, between the 27th- 31st August 2013, Paris, Abstracts Volume  Vol 2, Pg 858.

Abela R., & Schembri J.A. (2002) Sea level rise on the Maltese Islands: A case-study of Birzebbugia, an oral paper presented at a conference on ‘Mediterranean Maritime History and Environment’, held at the Maritime Museum, Malta, November 2002.

Abela R. (1994) Marsascala: A coastal land use appraisal, an oral paper presented at ‘The Mediterranean Environment: An overview’ Seminar, held at the Foundation for International Studies, September 1994.

 

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