CMR Rovinj

Center for Marine Research

The Center for Marine Research (CMR) of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb is an interdisciplinary center, whose activities are focused upon basic and applied oceanographic research.

Head of department

Prof.dr.sc. Renato Batel

+385 52 804 701
Fax: + 385 52 804 780

Administration

Alemka Hrelja
Tel: +385 52 804 700
Fax:+385 52 804 780
Email: hrelja@irb.hr

Aqvarivm

Darko Ferenčević, dipl.ing.biol.
Tel: +385 52 804 712, 804 724
Fax:+385 52 804 780
Email: ferencevic@cim.irb.hr

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The Center for Marine Research (CMR) of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb is an interdisciplinary center, whose activities are focused upon basic and applied oceanographic research, including the following areas:

  • Processes and dynamics within and between trophic levels (primary and secondary production, cycle of basic and biogenic elements);
  • Investigation of water mass dynamics;
  • Flora, fauna and animal communities (taxonomy, ecology and organism communities in natural and polluted areas);
  • Ecological, physiological and genetic research on marine organisms and the impacts of pollution; monitoring of pollution and marine water quality; investigation of eutrophication.

The influence and correlation of ionic regulation mechanisms and activities of carbonic anhydrase, (CA) within the biomineralization process of marine organisms. Protein content analysis of tissues and hard structures. The role of protein and its correlation with morphological changes to shell and skeleton.

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Laboratory forEcology andSystemtics ofBenthos (LESB) conducts basic and applied reserch of marine biology and ecology.

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... understand proteotoxic, cytotoxic and genotoxic mechanisms involved in toxification of xenobiotics on cellular and molecular level as well as on the population level of marine organisms

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We are studying the ecology and evolution of microbial communities.

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The Laboratory mission is investigation of natural processes and anthropogenic pollution impacts on selected marine organisms.

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Mechanisms of long-term changes in the ecosystem of the northern Adriatic, which is reflected in its trophic status.

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Milan Antić

+385 52 804 731

Nevenka Bihari
dr. sc.

Senior scientist
+385 52 804 715

Maria Blažina
Ph. D.

scientific associate
+385 52 804 767

Vesna Čačić

+385 52 804 775

Ema Damijanić

+385 52 804 775

Massimo Devescovi
PhD

senior research associate
+385 52 804 733

Maja Fafanđel
dr.sc.

senior research associate
+385 52 804 718

Bojan Hamer
Dr.

Senior Research Associate
+385 52 804 718

Alemka Hrelja

+385 52 804 700

Ingrid Ivančić
dr.

senior scientific associate
+385 52 804 743

Ljiljana Iveša
PhD

Scientific associate
+385 52 804 728

Željko Jakšić
dr. sc.

scientific asociate
+385 52 804 717

Džemila Jošić

+385 52 804 712

Romina Kraus
PhD

Research Associate
+385 52 804 746

Daniel Lyons
Dr.

Senior Scientific Associate
+385 52 804 725

Daniela Marić Pfannkuchen
PhD

Higher research assistant
+385 52 804 760

Draško Maros

+385 52 804 729

Mirjana Najdek-Dragić
dr.sc.

senior scientist
+385 52 804 727

Vedrana Nerlović
dr.sc.

research associate
+385 52 804 722

Lorena Perić
dr. sc.

Research associate
+385 52 804 736

Mirta Smodlaka Tanković
B.Sc.

PhD student
+385 52 804 716

Nastenjka Supić
dr

senior scientific associate
+385 52 804 739

Ana Travizi
dr.sc.

research associate
+385 52 804 769
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BALlast Water MAnagement System For Adriatic Sea Protection – BALMAS

Principal Investigator: Romina Kraus

The IPA Adriatic Cross-border Programme aims at strengthening the cooperation and sustainable development of the Adriatic region, through the realisation of the initiatives referring to three priority axes: economic, social and institutional cooperation.

The general BALMAS objective is to establish a common cross-border system linking all Adriatic research, experts and national responsible authorities to avoid the unwanted risks to the environment and humans from the feasible impacts of HAOP (Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Patogens) through the potential transfer by Ballast Waters (BW) and sediments. An early warning system (EWS) about the presence of HAOP in ports, as well as a decision support system (DSS) for faster and effective decision making on BWM to responsible authorities will be developed. By developing a joint Adriatic BWM DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS), BWM Plan and Strategy, BALMAS will ensure uniform BWM requirements to ease shipping and at the same time to maximize environmental and economical protection of all sea users.

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Biodiversity and biotechnological characterization of bacteria of the Adriatic Sea

Principal Investigator: Sandi Orlić

Oceans are very complex ecosystem in which microorganisms play an important role in biogeochemical processes and in the cycling of matter.

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Biodiversity of benthic communities in the Adriatic Sea: natural and anthropogenic influences

Biodiversity of benthic communities in the Adriatic Sea: natural and anthropogenic influences

Principal Investigator: Ana Travizi

One of the priority task starting from the local and national levels to the regional and global levels, is research of benthic communities biodiversity as one of the best indicators of the environmental quality and most reliable indicator of human activities and natural changes consequences.

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Biomineralization processes during embryonic development of marine organisms: snails, bivalves and echinoids

Biomineralization processes during embryonic development of marine organisms: snails, bivalves and echinoids

Principal Investigator: Daniel Lyons

This project focuses on studying and comparing key biological and inorganic aspects of shellfish, gastropod and sea urchin biomineralization during embryonal development through the use of advanced materials characterization and proteomics techniques as a basis for furthering the development of a fundamental and comprehensive model of biomineralization.

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Biomineralization processes of marine organisms

Biomineralization processes of marine organisms

Principal Investigator: Davorin Medaković

Biomineralization is a complex combination of biochemical and physiological processes in the creation hard structures, depending on endogenous activity of an organism and the exogenous environmental influence. In marine organisms biomineralization starts in early stages of development and continues during the entire life.

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Cope with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century: Integrated Basic and Applied training in a Success-oriented Bioprospecting - BIOCAPI...

Cope with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century: Integrated Basic and Applied training in a Success-oriented Bioprospecting - BIOCAPI...

Principal Investigator: Renato Batel

There is an increasing interest of pharmaceutical industry in the natural environment as a source for new lead compounds. This interest is based on the fact that the chemical diversity of natural bioactive compounds is much higher than that of compounds synthesized by standard combinatorial chemistry.

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Development of a nanotechnology-based targeted recognition system for bio-macromolecules

Development of a nanotechnology-based targeted recognition system for bio-macromolecules

Principal Investigator: Daniel Lyons

Shellfish represent a significant part of the Croatian and global fish markets, however their susceptibility to contamination by algal toxins, with the resulting periodic outbreak of food poisoning in humans, places their commercial value at constant risk.

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Ecotoxic effects of contamination on marine organisms

Ecotoxic effects of contamination on marine organisms

Principal Investigator: Nevenka Bihari

Anthropogenic pollution is characterised by the dispersal of contaminants in all parts of biosphere so there are no ecosystems free from traces of human activity, because even areas unknown to human habitation are contaminated by pollutants carried by the movements of air masses or by marine currents

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Functional analyssis and molecular characterization of yeast

Functional analyssis and molecular characterization of yeast

Principal Investigator: Sandi Orlić

Wine production as a biotechnological process is based on traditional alcohol fermentation technology, where different yeast species have main role. Application of modern molecular techniques, such as analysis on the level of genome, transcriptome and proteome, enables determination of their phylogenetic linkage and physiological activity.

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Imapct of pollution on programmed biosynthesis in marine invertebrates

Imapct of pollution on programmed biosynthesis in marine invertebrates

Principal Investigator: Renato Batel

Investigation of natural and anthropogenic influences on marine organisms is complex: it comprises changes at the level of biological communities and populations down to the cellular level, metabolic processes and macromolecules. It is therefore important to know the basic mechanisms and effects of pollutants on cellular and molecular processes, genomic structure and stability.

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Implementation of the Water Quality Monitoring in Western Istrian Coastal Sea (Northern Adriatic) WICOS

Principal Investigator: Tamara Đakovac

WICOS (Implementation of the water quality monitoring in the Western Istrian COastal Sea) is an Adriatic New Neighbourhood Programme-INTERREG/CARDS-PHARE Project

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Picoplankton function and diversity along Northern Adriatic trophic gradients (PICOADRIF)

Picoplankton function and diversity along Northern Adriatic trophic gradients (PICOADRIF)

Principal Investigator: Maria Blažina

Maintenance and preservation of high quality water resources and biological diversity directly having an effect on tourism, fisheries and aquaculture are major tools of socio-economic improvement of the Croatian coastal management.

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Seasonal changes in picoplankton composition in the Northern Adriatic Sea as assessed by CARD-FISH and fingerprinting

Seasonal changes in picoplankton composition in the Northern Adriatic Sea as assessed by CARD-FISH and fingerprinting

Principal Investigator: Sandi Orlić

The picoplankton, composed of Bacteria and Archaea, plays a significant role in marine food webs and in most biogeochemical cycles in marine systems.

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Sensitive MeAsuRmenT, detection and identification of engineered NANO particles in complex matrices

Principal Investigator: Daniel Lyons

Nanotechnology is having a large impact in many industrial sectors and the use of nanoparticles is continuously increasing in many fields, from paints, automotive components, consumer products such as cosmetic sunscreens and anti-odorant up to biology and medicine.

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Structure and physiology of microbial community in northern Adriatic frontal zones

Structure and physiology of microbial community in northern Adriatic frontal zones

Principal Investigator: Mirjana Najdek-Dragić

During the last fifteen years in the northern Adriatic, changes in hydrological regime and exchange of water masses were noticed, as well as an increased frequency of mucilage events. This phenomenon is related to the organic carbon cycle, being favoured when expressed horizontal and vertical gradients occur.

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Sustainable production, Physiology, Oceanography, Natural products, Genetics and Economics of Sponges - SPONGES

Sustainable production, Physiology, Oceanography, Natural products, Genetics and Economics of Sponges - SPONGES

Principal Investigator: Renato Batel

Many   marine   sponges   contain   natural   compounds   that   have   potential   interest   to   society. Limited possibilities to supply these compounds from natural resources often delays or even stops further development of a product after its initial discovery. In the project, systems and processes for the cultivation of marine sponges will be developed in order to create a stable and sustainable supply and reduce pressures on natural resources.

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The mechanism of long-term changes in the ecosystem of the northern Adriatic

The mechanism of long-term changes in the ecosystem of the northern Adriatic

Principal Investigator: Robert Precali

In the framework of the project, historical data series that characterise the marine ecosystem will be analysed in addition to acquisitions and elaborations of data relevant for the explanation of processes related to unusual phenomena in the Adriatic Sea.

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Uncovering composition and diversity of marine picophytoplankton in northern Adriatic coastal waters

Uncovering composition and diversity of marine picophytoplankton in northern Adriatic coastal waters

Principal Investigator: Tina Šilović

Our knowledge of the diversity of picoplankton is very limited for the Adriatic Sea, so developing methods for assessing and monitoring their ecology and diversity is essential for understanding their contribution in food web dynamics and biochemical cycles.

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Determination of markers and biomarkers in  marine water, sediment and organismsfor marine quality, risk assessment

Determination of markers and biomarkers in marine water, sediment and organismsfor marine quality, risk assessment

Determinaton of marine quality for risk assessment of natural and anthropogenic contamination

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