Dr Ritienne Gauci

Dr Ritienne Gauci

Dr Ritienne Gauci

 B.A.(Hons)(Melit.),M.A.(Melit.),Ph.D.(Port.),F.R.G.S.

Lecturer

Office No. 6
Block A
Gateway Car Park 6
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2675
Dr Gauci was appointed by the University of Malta as a Geography lecturer at Junior College and held the post for two years before joining the Faculty of Arts with the Department of Geography. She is presently lecturing and researching mainly in Physical Geography, with a particular focus on coastal research, geomorphology, geoheritage, traditional cartography and natural hazards.
She formerly occupied a teaching post at San Anton Senior School (1995-2002) and was then appointed as its Head of the Humanities Department from 2002 till 2007. Between 1996 and 1998, she acted as research consultant on socio-environmental development for the Planning Council which drafted the Regional Plan for the South of Malta. She held part-time lecturing posts 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 student policies and contributed to the setting up of the ESF funded project STEPS and the MGSS Scholarship Scheme. She also served on the STEPS Scholarships Board, the Appeals Board of MQRIC and the Malta Resources Authority [MRA] Board.
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 researched on limestone shore platforms on the Maltese Islands. She provides lecturing services to other departments such as the Department of Geosciences and the Institute of Travel and Tourism. She is currently in research collaborations with University of Portsmouth, University of Liverpool Hope, the University of Trieste and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, and Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany. She is National Scientific Member for the International Association of Geomorphology (IAG) and was the IAG-appointed editor of the Springer volume 'Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands' (2019). She is also a committee member of the Malta Map Society and acts as consultant editor for the Malta Map Society Journal.
  • Physical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Traditional Cartography
  • Geosites and geoheritage
  • Natural Hazards

SCHEMBRI, J.A., CHESTER, D.K., GAUCI, R., SPEAKE, J., DUNCAN, A.M. and DEGUARA, J.C., 2020. Durham University and its role in Malta's development planning during the 1950s through applied research. Land Use Policy, 96, pp. 104705.

FURLANI, S., GAUCI, R. and BIOLCHI, S., 2019. Sea caves and coastal karst scenery along the Maltese coasts: the case study of Blue Grotto. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 317-324.

FURLANI, S., GAUCI, R., DEVOTO STEFANO and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2019. Filfla: a case study of the effect of target practice on coastal landforms. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 261-271.

GAUCI RITIENNE and SCHEMBRI JOHN A, eds, 2019. Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. 1st edn. Switzerland: Spinger Nature.

GAUCI, R. and INKPEN, R., 2019. The Physical Characteristics of Limestone Shore Platforms on the Maltese Islands and Their Neglected Contribution to Coastal Land Use Development. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 343.

GAUCI, R. and SCERRI, S., 2019. A Synthesis of Different Geomorphological Landscapes of the Maltese Islands. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Mlatese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 49-65.

GAUCI, R. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2019. Introduction to Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 1-5.

SAMMUT, S., GAUCI, R., INKPEN, R., LEWIS, J.J. and GIBSON, A., 2019. Selmun: a coastal limestone landscape enriched by scenic landforms, conservation status and religious significance . In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Mlatese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 325-341.

SATARIANO, B. and GAUCI, R., 2019. 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: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 289-303.

SELMI, L., CORATZA P., GAUCI, R., SOLDATI, M., 2019. Geoheritage as a Tool for Environmental Management: A Case Study in Northern Malta (Central Mediterranean Sea). Resources, 8(4), pp. 168.

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.

SCHEMBRI, J.A., GAUCI, R., FURLANI, S., MIZZI and RAPHAEL, 2018. Malta in the First World War: an appraisal through cartography and local newspapers. In: J. WALLIS and D. HARVEY, eds, Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary. Routledge, pp. 68-82.

CAUSON DEGUARA, J. and GAUCI, R., 2017. Evidence of extreme wave events from boulder deposits on the south-east coast of Malta (Central Mediterranean). Natural Hazards, 86(2), pp. 543-568.

FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, F., GAMBIN, T., GAUCI, R., NINFO, A., ZAVAGNO, E., MICALLEF, A. and CUCCHI, F., 2017. Marine notches in the Maltese islands (central Mediterranean Sea). Quaternary International, 439, pp. 158-168.

GAUCI, R., SCHEMBRI, J.A. and INKPEN, R., 2017. Traditional use of shore platforms: a study of the artisanal management of salinas on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). SAGE Open, 7(2), pp. 2158244017706597.

SAMMUT, S., GAUCI, R., DRAGO, A., GAUCI, A. and AZZOPARDI, J., 2017. Pocket beach sediment: A field investigation of the geodynamic processes of coarse-clastic beaches on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Marine Geology, 387, pp. 58-73.

BIOLCHI, S., FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, F., BALDASSINI, N., DEGUARA, J.C., DEVOTO, S., STEFANO, A.D., EVANS, J., GAMBIN, T. and GAUCI, R., 2016. Boulder accumulations related to extreme wave events on the eastern coast of Malta. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 16(3), pp. 719-756.

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, 12(1), pp. 87-99.

CORATZA, P., GAUCI, R., SCHEMBRI, J., SOLDATI, M. and TONELLI, C., 2016. Bridging natural and cultural values of sites with outstanding scenery: evidence from Gozo, Maltese Islands. Geoheritage, 8(1), pp. 91-103.

BIOLCHI, S., FURLANI, S., BALDASSINI, N., ANTONIOLI, F., CUCCHI, F., DEVOTO, S., DI STEFANO, A., GAMBIN, T., GAUCI, R. and MONACO, C., 2014. Large boulder deposits along the Maltese coasts. Geology, 260, pp. 6-18.

DEIDUN, A., GAUCI, R., SCHEMBRI, J.A., SEGINA, E., GAUCI, A., GIANNI, F., GUTIERREZ, J.A., SCIBERRAS, A. and SCIBERRAS, J., 2013. Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Journal of Coastal Research, 65, pp. 1757-1761.

FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, F., BIOLCHI, S., GAMBIN, T., GAUCI, R., LO PRESTI, V., ANZIDEI, M., DEVOTO, S., PALOMBO, M. and SULLI, A., 2013. Reply to comment by C. Morhange, C. Flaux, PA Pirazzoli, MB Carre on 'Holocene Sea level Change in Malta'. Quaternary International, 303, pp. 235-236.

FURLANI, S., ANTONIOLI, F., BIOLCHI, S., GAMBIN, T., GAUCI, R., PRESTI, V.L., ANZIDEI, M., DEVOTO, S., PALOMBO, M. and SULLI, A., 2013. Holocene sea level change in Malta. Quaternary International, 288, pp. 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, 28, pp. 20-22.

  • GEO1001 - Cartography: Introduction, Development and Use
  • GEO1002 - Applied Cartography: Design, Principles and Measurement Practicals
  • GEO2000 - Geology
  • GEO2008 - Geomorphology: Basic Principles, Methods and Applications
  • GEO2009 - Landscapes, Natural Hazards and Human Opportunities
  • GEO2014 - Academic Writing and Research Methods in Geography
  • GEO3022 - Coastal Geomorphology: Physical Processes and Shoreline Management
  • GEO5012 - Cultural and Geographic Landscapes in Tourism
  • GEO5013 - Place, Health and Disability
  • GSC2102 - Earth Surface Processes; Hydrology and Hydrogeology
Affiliations and Memberships:
National Scientific Member of the International Association of Geomorphology (IAG)
Member of the British Society of Geomorphology (BSG)
Member of the Royal Geographic Society (RGS-IBG)
Committee member of the Malta Map Society
Member of the University of Malta Climate Change Platform (CCP)
Member of the University of Malta Maritime Platform
Council member of the Association of Parents of Children attending Church Schools (APCCS)

On-going research collaborations with:
University of Portsmouth, UK
University of Trieste, Italy
University of Liverpool Hope, UK
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
University of Canterbury, UK
Max Planck Institute, Jena, Germany

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