My expertise in cave palaeontology grew by completing my PhD degree in 2015, participating in various research projects dealing with topics related to the subterranean environment, attending various regional and international conferences, and publishing my research results in Quaternary journals. During this time, I successfully generated stable isotope data for the Upper Pleistocene Romanian cave bears and associated fauna, using traditional methods (δ13C, δ15N and δ18O). The published papers quickly become seminal within my research field, entailing the scientific community into constructive debates. Moreover, after starting my PhD and involving more incoming researchers in my work, the Romanian Carpathians MIS 3 cave mammal fauna has become better known to the international scientific community.
The expertise gained during the 14 years of working in research projects and with various teams (from Romania, France, Germany, Norway and the US), dealing with quaternary deposits, gave me a desirable knowledge utterly necessary for conducting research in caves. Almost all projects where I was working involved mammals’ palaeontology, geochemistry, taphonomy, sedimentology, geochronology and geomorphology of quaternary cave/surface deposits. Moreover, the backbone of these projects was based on inter-/multidisciplinarity which I appropriated, as the publication list shows.