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 in 2008 as a Geography lecturer at Junior College and held the post for two years before joining the Faculty of Arts in 2010 with the Department of Geography. She is presently lecturing and researching mainly in Physical Geography, with a particular focus on coastal geographies, geomorphic processes and resultant landforms, geosites and 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 demography and socio-environmental development for the Planning Council, leading to the drafting of 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 Undergraduate 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 has researched on processes of surface change on limestone shore platforms on the Maltese Islands. She is presently involved in various 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.
  • Physical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Traditional Cartography
  • Geosites and geoheritage
  • Sea Level change

Main, G., Schembri, J., Gauci, R., Crawford, K., Chester, D. & Duncan, A. 2018, "The hazard exposure of the Maltese Islands", Natural Hazards, vol. 92, no. 2, pp. 829-855.

Schembri, J.A., Gauci, R., Furlani, S. & Mizzi, R. 2018, "Malta in the First World War: an appraisal through cartography and local newspapers" in Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary, eds. J. Wallis & D. Harvey, Routledge, , pp. 68-82.

Deguara, J.C. & Gauci, R. 2017, "Evidence of extreme wave events from boulder deposits on the south-east coast of Malta (Central Mediterranean)", Natural Hazards, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 543-568.

Furlani, S., Antonioli, F., Gambin, T., Gauci, R., Ninfo, A., Zavagno, E., Micallef, A. & Cucchi, F. 2017, "Marine notches in the Maltese islands (central Mediterranean Sea)", Quaternary International, vol. 439, pp. 158-168.

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 (Central Mediterranean)", SAGE Open, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 2158244017706597.

Sammut, S., Gauci, R., Drago, A., Gauci, A. & 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, vol. 387, pp. 58-73.

Biolchi, S., Furlani, S., Antonioli, F., Baldassini, N., Deguara, J.C., Devoto, S., Stefano, A.D., Evans, J., Gambin, T. & Gauci, R. 2016, "Boulder accumulations related to extreme wave events on the eastern coast of Malta", Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 719-756.

Biolchi, S., Furlani, S., Devoto, S., Gauci, R., Castaldini, D. & Soldati, M. 2016, "Geomorphological identification, classification and spatial distribution of coastal landforms of Malta (Mediterranean Sea)", Journal of Maps, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 87-99.

Coratza, P., Gauci, R., Schembri, J., Soldati, M. & Tonelli, C. 2016, "Bridging natural and cultural values of sites with outstanding scenery: evidence from Gozo, Maltese Islands", Geoheritage, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 91-103.

Deidun, A., Gauci, R., Schembri, J.A., Å egina, E., Gauci, A., Gianni, F., Gutierrez, J.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)", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 65, pp. 1757-1761.

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, PA Pirazzoli, MB Carre on 'Holocene Sea level Change in Malta'", Quaternary International, vol. 303, pp. 235-236.

Furlani, S., Antonioli, F., Biolchi, S., Gambin, T., Gauci, R., Presti, V.L., Anzidei, M., Devoto, S., Palombo, M. & Sulli, A. 2013, "Holocene sea level change in Malta", Quaternary International, vol. 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, vol. 28, pp. 20-22.

  • GEO1002 - Applied Cartography: Design, Principles and Measurement Practicals
  • GEO2020 - Coastal Processes and Landforms
  • GEO2072 - Skills in Geography 3
  • GEO3001 - Coastal and Ocean Management
  • GEO5012 - Cultural and Geographic Landscapes in Tourism
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

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