ZIMO

Division for Marine and Environmental Research

As the largest division of marine and environmental research in Croatia, our mission is to continue our leadership in the fundamental and applied study of environmental systems, processes and states. The goal is to contribute to optimum environmental management for the benefit of our country and the world. 

Marina Mlakar

Head

Marina Mlakar

+385 1 456 1190

Administration

Magdalena Rožmarić
Tel: +385 1 4680 215
Fax:+385 1 4680 242
Email: mrozmar@irb.hr

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The Division of Marine and Environmental Research, with 104 scientists and technicians organized in 12 laboratories and one marine station (Martinska, near the city of Šibenik), is the largest interdisciplinary RBI division.

Group Division photo, 2001

Group Division photo, 2001

The laboratories carry out research in oceanography, aquatic chemistry, radioecology, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, environmental electrochemistry, ecotoxicology, aquaculture and fish pathology, ecological modeling and environmental informatics. The scale of research problems spans from nanoscience to satellite oceanography.

Since 1989, the DMER has acted as the National Reference Laboratory for the State Office Directorate for Water of the Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management, and participated in the implementation of the network of Croatian accredited laboratories that analyze waste waters and natural waters.

Since 1989, the DMER has acted as the National Reference Laboratory

In 2008, the Laboratory for Radioecology was accredited according to the norm HRN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2007, the Croatian Accreditation Agency and the Decision of the State Office for Metrology, and became the National Laboratory for Radioactivity Measurements.

LBEM is a specialized interdisciplinary team of assistants, researchers and scientists focused on research and development of biomarkers for early detection of the effects of metals in order to estimate contamination of the water environment.

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The Laboratory is focusing on research in the field of ecological modelling and environmental informatics, and research in the field of biodiversity. The activities are aimed at assessment of natural ecosystems, risk assessment, and sustainable management of natural resources.

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The mission and vision of Laboratory for marine and atmospheric biogeochemistry includes fundamental and applied interdisciplinary research in the marine and atmospheric sciences and the education of young scientists.

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Laboratory research is focused on the understanding of cellular defense mechanisms in aquatic organisms.

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Our research is intended to improve understanding and generally involves laboratory or field investigations and data analysis designed to answer specific questions and test hypotheses.

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The members of laboratory are involved in fundamental and applied electrochemical research and in determinations of traces of matter in the environment by complementary physical and chemical methods.

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Laboratory for Radioecology works on alpha, beta and gamma radioactivity measurements.

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Abra Penezić
PhD

research assistent
+385 1 456 0952
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Ana-Marija Cindrić
PhD

Postdoc student
+385 1 457 1246
1298 1448

Armin Mešić
Dr.

Higher Research Associate
+385 1 456 0930
1710

Biserka Raspor

+385 1 468 0216
1278 1447

Blaženka Gašparović
PhD

senior researcher
Head of Laboratory for marine and atmospheric biogeochemistry
+385 1 456 1148
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Damir Kapetanović
dr.sc.

research associate
+385 1 468 0943
1476 1937

Damir Valić
dr. sc.

Research Associate
+385 1 468 0943
1476 1937

Dario Omanović
PhD

Senior researcher
+385 1 468 0231
1298 1863

Delko Barišić
PhD

senior scientist
+385 1 456 0931
1716
+ 385 98 1947 223

Dijana Jadreško
B. Sc.

assistant
+385 1 456 1181
1581

Dubravka Mutvar

+385 1 468 0124
1215

Dušica Ivanković
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1047
1447 1604

Gorana Karanović
B.Sc.

technical associate
+385 1 456 1060
1220

Irena Vardić Smrzlić
dr.sc.

Senior assistant
+385 1 468 0943
1476 1938

Ivan Grabar

+385 1 456 1190
1490 1846

Ivan Senta
PhD

Research Associate
+385 1 456 1003
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Ivana Coha
dipl. ing.

technical associate
+385 1 456 1060
1220 1718

Ivana Kušan
PhD

External associate
+385 1 456 1075
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Ivana Tucaković

+385 1 457 1221
1778

Ivica Janeković
Ph.D.

senior research associate
+385 1 456 1139
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Ivica Ružić
Ph. D.

extramural research advisor
+385 1 456 1140
1340

Jadranka Pečar Ilić
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1140
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Jakov Žunić

+385 1 468 0943
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Jasmin Pađan

+385 1 468 0231
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Jasminka Klanjšček
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
+385 1 456 1131
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Jelena Godrijan
PhD

Postdoctoral researcher
+385 1 456 1148
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Katja Magdić Košiček
PhD

Assistant
+385 1 456 1152
1352

Marijan Ahel
Ph.D.

scientific advisor
+385 1 456 0940
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Marijana Erk
Ph.D.

senior research associate
+385 1 468 0216
1278 1447

Marina Mlakar

+385 1 456 1190
1490 1846

Marta Popović
PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Mathieu Andre Dutour-Sikiric
dr. sc.

viši znanstveni suradnik
+385 1 457 1237
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Nadica Ivošević DeNardis
Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1128
1328 1585

Neda Vdović
Ph.D.

senior research associate
+385 1 456 1176
1376 1215

Nenad Muhin

+385 1 456 1042
1436 1442

Niko Bačić
B.Sc.

Senior Professional Associate
+385 1 468 0124
1215

Petra Vukosav
Ph.D.

research associate
+385 1 456 1190
1490 1846

Rajko Kušić

chemical technician
+385 1 456 0933
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Roko Žaja
dr. sc.

Research associate
+385 1 456 1039
1439

Sanja Frka Milosavljević
PhD

Research Associate
+385 1 456 1185
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Senka Terzić
dr.sc.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 0940
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Slađana Strmečki Kos
PhD

Senior research assistant
+385 1 468 0127
1431 1847
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Sonja Nikolić
Ph.D.

Senior scientist
+385 1 456 1075
1475

Stanislav Frančišković-Bilinski
dr.sc.

higher research associate (at position of research associate)
+385 1 456 1081
1481

Tarzan Legović
Ph.D.

Full professor, scientific advisor
+385 1 468 0230
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Tatjana Mijošek

+385 1 468 0216
1278 1447

Tea Mišić Radić
Ph.D.

research associate
+385 1 456 1128
1328 1810

Tomislav Kardum

chemical technician
+385 1 456 0934
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Tvrtko Smital
Dr.sc.

senior researcher
+385 1 456 1088
1538

Vera Žutić

+385 1 456 1128
1328 1652

Vlado Cuculić
PhD

Senior research associate
+385 1 456 1190
1490 1846

Vlatka Filipović Marijić
Ph.D.

Research Associate
+385 1 468 0216
1278 1447

Zdenko Tkalčec
PhD

research associate
+385 1 456 0930
1710

Zdeslav Zovko

+385 1 456 1148
1348 1847

Zoran Ereš
M.Sc.

professional associate
+385 1 456 1196
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Zvjezdana Šoštarić Vulić

+385 1 468 0943
1435 1939

Željko Grahek
Ph.D.

research associate
+385 1 456 1060
1220

Identification and functional characterization of (eco)toxicologically relevant polyspecific membrane transport proteins in zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tvrtko Smital

A coordinated system of transport proteins, channels, receptors and enzymes act as cellular gatekeepers to foreign molecules, critically determining the so-called ADME-Tox (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion – toxicity) properties of a molecule. The polyspecific uptake and efflux transmembrane proteins are essential components of this complex cellular defense and detoxification/xenobiotic processing machinery in mammals, highly important and widely recognized in the context of pharmacology and human toxicology. However, they are scarcely investigated in non-mammalian species, and are not adequately addressed in the field of environmental toxicology. Consequently, the major goal of the proposed project is identification and detailed functional characterization of novel, (eco)toxicologically relevant uptake and efflux transport proteins that are not addressed so far in the context of environmental toxicology nor in non-mammalian species in general. Our research will be focused on selected polyspecific uptake transport proteins from the SLC21 and SLC22 (Solute Carriers) families, efflux transporters from the MATE (Multidrug and Toxic Extrusion) family, and finally, on the RLIP76 as the most recently discovered stress-responsive, multi-functional membrane protein. We will use zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a highly relevant vertebrate research model. Our methodological approach will be based on several subsequent research phases: phylogenetic and gene expression analyses; transfection studies in appropriate heterologous expression system(s); transport-activity assays; analyses of the transport mechanism and structural properties; high-throughput-screening for the identification of interactors of selected transporters among environmental contaminants; and finally, in vivo evaluation of the (eco)toxicological relevance of selected transporters using the zebrafish functional genomics tools.

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Algal cell biophysical properties as markers for environmental stress in aquatic systems

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Nadica Ivošević DeNardis

Major challenges face the aquatic systems due to different human activities, which may cause substantial damage to the economy of the region (fisheries, tourism). Our common regional challenge is focused on analyzing pressure in aquatic environment and requires transnational action as recognized in EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020.

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Anchialine cave Čapljina

Anchialine cave Čapljina

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Research of anchialine cave „Jama u Čapljini“

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Anchialine cave Vodena Jama

Anchialine cave Vodena Jama

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Research of anchialine cave „Vodena Jama“

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Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Blaženka Gašparović

The main aim of the project is to investigate quality and quantity of the seawater organic matter (lipids, acidic polysaccharides and polymeric organic matter containing N catalytic atoms) that is produced in the altering environment. Ecosystem changes that will be followed imply opposite nutritional regimes, oligotrophy and eutrophy, and temperature variations. Further on, this project aims to clarify how variations in the concentrations and forms of these organic substances are reflected in the availability and cycling of micronutrients metals of interest, being Fe, Co, Cu, Zn and Cd.

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Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress (AMBI...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Blaženka Gašparović

The main aim of the project is to investigate quality and quantity of the seawater organic matter (lipids, acidic polysaccharides and polymeric organic matter containing N catalytic atoms) that is produced in the altering environment. Ecosystem changes that will be followed imply opposite nutritional regimes, oligotrophy and eutrophy, and temperature variations. Further on, this project aims to clarify how variations in the concentrations and forms of these organic substances are reflected in the availability and cycling of micronutrients metals of interest, being Fe, Co, Cu, Zn and Cd.

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Aquatic microbial ecology  as an indicator of the health status of the environment  - AQUAHEALTH

Aquatic microbial ecology as an indicator of the health status of the environment - AQUAHEALTH

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Damir Kapetanović

The majority of studies in aquatic microbial ecology focus on the separate segments of aquatic ecosystem. Our project proposes comprehensive study of bacterial community within water column, sediment and fish as indicator of the aquatic environmental health status and its potential implications to human health.

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Assessment of Carrying Capacity for Tourists in Nature Protected Areas (ACCTA)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tarzan Legović

The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to improve environmental management and increase conservation and social benefits of nature protected areas. We propose to do this by developing a novel, comprehensive method of calculating carrying capacity of protected areas, and demonstrating the method for two protected areas of divergent environmental and socio-economic attributes.

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Biodegradation of the macrolide antibiotic azithromycin and its effect on microbial community composition and structure in wastewater treatment plants

Biodegradation of the macrolide antibiotic azithromycin and its effect on microbial community composition and structure in wastewater treatment plants

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Nikolina Udiković Kolić

The extensive use of antibiotics for human, veterinary and agricultural purposes results in their continuous release into the environment. There is a widespread concern that this environmental pollution contributes to the increasingly problematic development of antibiotic resistance genes and bacteria, which reduce the therapeutical effectiveness of antibiotics. Many studies have shown that the elimination of antibiotics in conventional wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is poor simply because these units have not been designed to remove such compounds. Consequently, WWTPs are considered as one of the main ˝hotspots˝ for the release of antibiotics into the aquatic environment. As the maximum allowable concentrations of antibiotics in environmental waters are not regulated yet, scientists are concerned about negative effects of these compounds on ecosystems and public health. Therefore, in order to reduce the prevalence and dispersion of antibiotics from WWTPs, it is imperative to better understand the mechanisms relevant for their removal within WWTPs. 

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Calibrations of paleoenvironmental records in (sub)recent tufa

Calibrations of paleoenvironmental records in (sub)recent tufa

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

The aim of the study was to compare for the first time environmental records (stable isotope ratios, metal concentrations and radionuclide activities) obtained from the recent tufa with those from ambient water where tufa precipitated for the first time.

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Comprehensive assessment of the environmental behaviour and fate of pharmaceutically active contaminants: macrolide antibiotics and opioid analgesic...

Comprehensive assessment of the environmental behaviour and fate of pharmaceutically active contaminants: macrolide antibiotics and opioid analgesic...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Senka Terzić

Aquatic ecosystems throughout the world are exposed to an increasing pressure from various anthropogenic sources that release large variety of potentially harmful synthetic organic contaminants, including pharmaceutically active compounds. Most of the environmental studies of pharmaceuticals are focused mainly on the determination of parent compounds and encompass only one environmental compartment. Such simplified approach often underestimates the ecotoxicological relevance of a contaminant class, either by neglecting the contribution of its transformation products or by overlooking some critical mechanisms that may pose a threat to the environmental safety and human health. As opposed to that, this project aims at demonstrating the importance of the comprehensive assessment of aquatic contaminants, based on the study of two important groups of pharmaceuticals, macrolide antibiotics (MAs) and opioid analgesics (OAs), by including their main transformation products (TPs) and addressing the issue of physico-chemical partitioning in the exposure assessment. 

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Determination of ecotoxic metals in water environment of Rijeka harbor using passive samplers

Determination of ecotoxic metals in water environment of Rijeka harbor using passive samplers

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Continuous monitoring of trace metal concentrations in the Port of Rijeka using passive samplers („Diffusive Gradients in Thin films – DGT“).

2011.-2012., client The Port of Rijeka Authority (http://www.portauthority.hr/,) head of the project Ph.D. Neven Cukrov

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Determination of ecotoxic metals load and evaluation of drainage water influence of Zagreb roundabout on Mala mlaka waterwell's,

Determination of ecotoxic metals load and evaluation of drainage water influence of Zagreb roundabout on Mala mlaka waterwell's,

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Determination of ecotoxic metals fro subterranean waters from Mala mlaka water field

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Determining the history of antropogenic influence on sediments in Port of Rijeka

Determining the history of antropogenic influence on sediments in Port of Rijeka

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

We studied metal pollution in the sediments of Rijeka harbor, including anthropogenic influence during recent decades and at the present time.

2008, client The Port of Rijeka Authority (http://www.portauthority.hr/, head of the project Ph.D. Neven Cukrov

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Development and evaluation of innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticide application in agriculture on soil func...

Development and evaluation of innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticide application in agriculture on soil func...

The ECOFUN-MICROBIODIV project aimed at developing and evaluating innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticides used in agriculture on soil functional microbial biodiversity. It proposed to estimate the impact of sulfonylurea herbicide on soil microbial biodiversity and functioning. This project is based on an interdisciplinary approach conducted at different scale, from the field plot to the greenhouse, to test in corn crop the impact of chemical weeding compared to mechanical.

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Development of voltammetric methods for the characterisation of natural antioxidant

Development of voltammetric methods for the characterisation of natural antioxidant

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Šebojka Komorsky-Lovrić

Oxidant is an ion or a compound that reacts with a certain component of a living cell and oxidizes it. The reactive oxygen species produced in cells include hydrogen peroxide, hypochlorous acid, hydroxyl radical and superoxide anion. Antioxidant is a foreign substance that reacts with the oxidant faster than the components of the cell. An imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants in favour of the oxidants is termed oxidative stress. Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers and therefore can lower the risk of numerous degenerative diseases by preventing damages caused by free radicals. Fruits and vegetables are the major sources of antioxidants in human diet. Several natural compounds found in food, such as polyphenols, vitamins A and E, and some carotenoids, have been found to show excellent antioxidant activity. Chlorophylls and their derivatives have also been reported to possess this activity. However, literature is still scarce regarding their antioxidant properties. It is known that the amount of each antioxidant in fruits, vegetables and their derivatives is strongly influenced by numerous factors such as agro-technical processes, environmental conditions, processing factors and storage conditions. Continuous monitoring of antioxidant capacity of plant-based foods through different phases, from cultivation to storage, is needed to maintain or even improve the beneficial properties of food. The goal of this project is to develop several cyclic multi-pulse voltammetric techniques for the characterization of natural antioxidants and to apply them in routine analysis of food quality. Experimental results will be explained by the comparison with the theoretical simulation of responses of various electrode mechanisms of independent and conjugated multiple redox centers.

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Ecotoxicological significance of ABC transport proteins in aquatic organisms

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tvrtko Smital

Project supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science Education and Sports

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Environmental impact assessment of Mandalina - Kuline Harbour

Environmental impact assessment of Mandalina - Kuline Harbour

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Environmental impact assessment of Mandalina - Kuline Harbour

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Estimating the role of marine biogenic organosulfur compunds in the formation and properties of atmospheric organic aerosols

Croatia-Slovenia cooperation in science and technology, 2016-2017, PI S. Frka Milosavljević

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Exploring the Adriatic Sea Dynamics using Advanced Data Assimilation Methods and Measurements (ADAM-ADRIA)

Exploring the Adriatic Sea Dynamics using Advanced Data Assimilation Methods and Measurements (ADAM-ADRIA)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Ivica Janeković

During the project we will explore open questions in the field of physical oceanography of the Adriatic Sea.

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Exploring the impact of wastewaters from pharmaceutical industries on the composition and antibiotic resistance profile of exposed microbial communi...

Exploring the impact of wastewaters from pharmaceutical industries on the composition and antibiotic resistance profile of exposed microbial communi...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Nikolina Udiković Kolić

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is currently one of the most serious health threats. There is growing evidence that continuous environmental discharge of antibiotics and heavy metals contributes to this issue. The selection pressure imposed by these pollutants has promoted the development and spread of antibiotic resistance among commensal and pathogenic bacteria. Although pharmaceutical waste is recognized as the most important point source of these pollutants in the receiving aquatic environment, its impact on the composition and antibiotic resistance profile of exposed microbial communities is not known. To fill this important research gap, we propose to take an interdisciplinary approach focusing on freshwater sediments impacted by wastewaters of two local pharmaceutical industries. We will assess the prevalence of antibiotics and heavy metals in these sediments and identify potential hot spots for resistance evolution. Antibiotic resistance genes from hot spots and reference sites will be discovered using functional metagenomics. This will lay the groundwork for a quantitative study that will establish spatio-temporal relationships between industrial discharge and the occurrence of antibiotic resistance. This, in combination with direct capturing of resistance plasmids from sediment bacteria to a model pathogens will be critical to draw conclusions about the spread of resistance genes among bacteria. Complete sequencing of transferable plasmids will furthermore assist in identifying novel plasmids that carry clustered antibiotic and heavy metal resistance gene loci. Finally, the impact of discharge on dynamics of sediment community composition will be analyzed by Illumina sequencing of 16S rRNA genes. We believe that the obtained knowledge will have vital implications for the development of effective management strategies to reduce the spread of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance determinants via environmental pathways.

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Finfish mariculture dynamic energy budget model (FiMDEB)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tin Klanjšček

Wild fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and mariculture – cultivating marine organisms in a controlled environment – can provide an alternative source of seafood. Worldwide mariculture fish production is rapidly growing, and developing mariculture is one of Croatia's strategic goals. Achieving this goal requires minimizing production costs and environmental impacts of mariculture.

The aim of the UKF project FiMDEB was to create a model relating feeding to fish growth, and use it to investigate how common feeding scenarios could be improved. The model was to be based on Dynamic Energy Budget theory of metabolic organization, which describes how organisms acquire and partition energy. Since fish feed constitutes  approximately 50% of operational costs of mariculture, any savings in fish feed can lead to substantial savings in production costs.

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Geochemistry of ecotoxic metals in National Park " Krka " aquatoria

Geochemistry of ecotoxic metals in National Park " Krka " aquatoria

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Determination of spatial distributions of trace metal concentrations in the Krka River, and the parameters which influence this distribution.

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Geochemistry of ecotoxic trace metals in water, air and anchialine caves of Mljet National Park

Geochemistry of ecotoxic trace metals in water, air and anchialine caves of Mljet National Park

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Vlado Cuculić

This project concluded the first systematic research on spatial and temporal distribution of ecotoxic trace metals (Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn) in aquatic anchialine ecosystems

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Hydrogeological investigations of the upper flow of Kupa River and its tributaries

Hydrogeological investigations of the upper flow of Kupa River and its tributaries

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Stanislav Frančišković-Bilinski

The main objective of the project is to perform hydrogeological investigations to define exact origin of water of the Kupa River.

Hypothesis is that the sources of Kupa and Rječina rivers (belonging to Black Sea and Adriatic Sea watersheds respectively) both originate from the same groundwater body situated at the boundary of the two watersheds under the mountain Risnjak. The two sources are at the distance of 22 km, at 313 and 385 meters above sea level, respectively.

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Influence of the water mass circulation on spatial and temporal distribution of ecotoxicants in Malo jezero and Veliko jezero lakes of Mljet Nationa...

Influence of the water mass circulation on spatial and temporal distribution of ecotoxicants in Malo jezero and Veliko jezero lakes of Mljet Nationa...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Vlado Cuculić

The distribution pattern of ecotoxic trace metals Cd, Co, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb and Zn in marine lakes (Malo jezero and Veliko jezero), which could be harmful for the water ecosystem biodiversity of the Mljet National Park, will be established

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Information systems for environmental quality and risk assessment

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Jadranka Pečar Ilić

Application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has been recognized worldwide through environmental monitoring and risk management in the case of natural hazards, industrial accidents and dangerous influence of energy and traffic systems (Environmental Informatics). Of special interest are ICT-based in-situ measurement systems and Monitoring of the Environment based on networking of sensors and communication systems. Our research is interdisciplinary and belongs to these strategic directions. The main goals of our project concern development of specialized information systems (IS), Web applications for temporal and spatial presentations and services necessary to provide the efficient management of complex data and processes in investigations of the water quality, natural and anthropogenic pollution sources, the risk assessment and particularly the influence of river traffic on the waterways.

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Integration of geo-chemical laboratory techniques, in situ field measurement, and hyperspectral air-borne remote sensing for environmental risk asse...

Integration of geo-chemical laboratory techniques, in situ field measurement, and hyperspectral air-borne remote sensing for environmental risk asse...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Stanislav Frančišković-Bilinski

The aim of the proposed bilateral project is to start a long term co-operation between two departments having similar scientific interests and results in the field of analysis and risk assessment of environmental heavy metal contamination, however, using different research approaches. Combining the techniques, which are, even separately, at the frontline of scientific applications, an integrated, highly precise and generally applicable method will be developed, validated and tested. Three approaches will be integrated including high scale hyperspectral air-borne imaginary of high resolution, X-ray fluorescent spectrometry for non-destructive in situ measurement with many sampling points to work out adequate and most reliable sampling strategy, and high tech laboratory techniques for geochemical analyses.

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Investigations of ecotoxic trace metals in waters, sediment and biota in Mljet National Park

Investigations of ecotoxic trace metals in waters, sediment and biota in Mljet National Park

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Vlado Cuculić

For the first time, spatial and temporal distributions of Hg, Cd, Pb, Cu and Zn trace metals in seawater, sediment and biota of the Mljet National Park were investigated

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Monitoring the fish farm RibarstvoF, Cres island

Monitoring the fish farm RibarstvoF, Cres island

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Monitoring the sediment quality below fish farm.

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Multixenobiotic Resistance Mechanism as a Biomarker of Environmental Quality

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tvrtko Smital

Project supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology, project No P0098135

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Profiling of transcript levels and functional properties of (eco)toxicologically relevant ABC transport proteins in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus myki...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Tvrtko Smital

Croatia (Ministry of Science Education and Sports) – Germany (DAAD) bilateral project

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Significado ambiental (climático e hidrológico) de registros tobáceos fluviales de la Cordillera Ibérica monitorizados entre 1999 y 2009.Compara...

Significado ambiental (climático e hidrológico) de registros tobáceos fluviales de la Cordillera Ibérica monitorizados entre 1999 y 2009.Compara...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Comparison of paleoenvironmental data from tufa precipitate in Croatia, Slovenia and Spain.

Project - Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (2010-2012). Croatian head of project dr.sc. Neven Cukrov

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The Sulphur and Carbon Dynamics in the Sea- and Fresh-water Environment“(SPHERE)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Irena Ciglenečki-Jušić

The SPHERE as an extension and continuation of the project „Nature of organic matter, interaction with traces and surfaces in environment“ aims to study sulphur (S) and carbon (C) dynamics between different environmental compartments (atmosphere, water, sediment, biota) of the sea- and fresh-water environment including distribution between organic, inorganic, dissolved, colloidal and nanoparticulate fractions. 

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Trace metals analysis in subterranean waters of Petruševec water well’s

Trace metals analysis in subterranean waters of Petruševec water well’s

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Neven Cukrov

Trace metals analysis in subterranean waters of Petruševec water well’s, as attempt to achieve real concentrations.Client City of Zagreb

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Transport and Chemodynamics of Trace Elements in Freshwater and Coastal Sedimentary Systems (TRACESS)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Goran Kniewald

The aim of the proposed project entitled "Transport and Chemodynamics of Trace Elements in Freshwater and Coastal Sedimentary Systems" (TRACESS) is to increase our understanding of the biogeochemical cycles that are important for freshwater and coastal sedimentary systems in karstic areas, using specific groups of elements i.e. anthropogenic and bioactive (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, V, Zn), rare earth elements (REE), redox sensitive elements, toxic elements and compounds (organotin compounds) which were chosen to represent different biogeochemical environments where a suite of geochemical processes can be traced. Sideline research will involve balneochemical investigations of peloid producing environments in pristine and anthropogenically impacted locations along the eastern Adriatic coast.

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AFM service analysis

AFM service analysis

  • visualization and characterization of surfaces and surface processes on the nanoscale using atomic force microscopy (AFM) 
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Radioactivity determination

Radioactivity determination

We provide services for determination of activity concentrations/massic activities of radioactive elements.

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