Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management

FACULTY OF EARTH SCIENCES AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT
al. Kraśnicka 2cd
20-718 Lublin
tel. 81 537 68 62
www.wnozigp.umcs.lublin.pl

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management was created in 2011 following the transformation of the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences into two separate faculties. Its structure consists of 14 organizational units (11 Departments, 2 Laboratories and the Research Station in the village of Guciów, the Roztocze region) representing the most important research trends in Earth sciences and spatial management.

The Faculty has a modern, innovative and functional teaching and research building with advanced analytical and laboratory equipment meeting world standards and comprising top-class research apparatus housed in several specialist laboratories, and with excellent teaching facilities adjusted to the needs of students in three fields of study: geography, tourism, and spatial management.

The Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management employs over 120 people. Among 87 university teachers there are 7 full (titular) professors, 12 associate professors, 1 assistant professor with a postdoctoral degree, 12 assistant professors with PhD, 7 teaching assistants with PhD, 9 teaching assistants with MSc and 4 lecturers. The technical research and engineering staff consists of 21 persons. The remaining 13 are administrative, library, and maintenance personnel.

The Faculty’s new research priorities based on the scientific tradition of the Lublin geographic center and meeting the challenges of the present day comprise the following scientific specialties: 1) Paleogeography of the Central and Eastern European Cenozoic, 2) The condition and changes of the geographical environment of polar and sub-polar areas, 3) Dynamics of contemporary transformations and the environmental protection of South-Eastern Poland, 4) Transformations in the spatial organization and socio-economic structures in Poland as compared with Europe, with special consideration of border areas, 5) Development determinants and directions of transformations in the cultural landscape, 6) Natural, economic and social aspects of tourism and recreation development, 7) Theory and practice of spatial management, 8) Application of new methods and techniques in investigating the natural environment, 9) Problems of contemporary geographical and ecological education.

The Faculty is currently conducting ca. 30 academic and research projects funded by external (domestic and international) sources, inter alia Paleolithic Ecumena of the Peri- and Meta-Carpathian Zone: A Study of Environmental changes in Western Ukraine and South-Eastern Poland in the Pleistocene and Their Effect on Primitive Settlements and Migration Routes (Based on Loess and Cave Stations); Interdisciplinary Research of Water and Water-Swamp Ecosystems in the Margins of the Polesie Region (Eastern Poland, Western Russia) as the Key to Cross-Regional Comparative Studies of the State and Predicted Changes of Environmental Conditions in Central-Eastern Europe; Pollen Dispersal and Deposition of the Main European Trees – an international project as part of scientific cooperation between Polish and Hungarian Academies of Sciences; Dynamics of Matter Cycle in the Polar Catchment undergoing Deglaciation (Scottelva, Spitsbergen); “Evaluation of Changes in Water Resources and Conditions for the Development of Surface Flow in the Lublin Agglomeration; The Effect of Socio-economic Transformations on the Population Potential in Eastern Poland – Diagnosis and Forecasts; The Role and Scope of Indispensable Natural Determinants in Spatial Planning in Rural Areas in South-Eastern Poland; Geological-Environmental-Mining Conditions for the Creation of the Little Poland Geopark ‘Przełom Wisły’ [the Vistula Gap] (from Zawichost to Puławy); ‘The Golden apple’ of Polish Archeology. Settlement Complexes in Czermno and Gródek (Red Ruthenia) – Their Chronology and Function in Light of Previous and Verification Studies.


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