• Oana Teodora Moldovan
  • Ľubomír Kováč
  • Stuart Halse
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 235)


This preamble introduces the reader to the importance of caves in the evolution of studies on subterranean biology. It outlines the ideas behind the need of such a book and highlights the value of the diverse perspectives on the functioning and ecology of caves presented in various chapters.



We would like to express our special thanks to Francis G. Howarth for the reading of the book and useful suggestions and comments. OTM acknowledges the financial support from the Romanian Academy and the grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CNCS—UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P4-ID-PCCF-2016-0016, within PNCDI III.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oana Teodora Moldovan
    • 1
  • Ľubomír Kováč
    • 2
  • Stuart Halse
    • 3
  1. 1.Emil Racovitza Institute of SpeleologyRomanian AcademyCluj NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceP. J. Šafárik UniversityKošiceSlovakia
  3. 3.Bennelongia Environmental ConsultantsJolimontAustralia

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