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DPHIL in Zoology, University of oxford (UK), Oct 2010- Jan 2015

BSc in Ecology, University of Zagreb (Croatia), 2003-2008

V Gimnazija Highschool (Croatia), 1999-2003

I have also finished a music school as a piano player (primary and high school, altogether 6+4 years)

Područja znanosti

Specifični znanstveni interesi

Nagrade i priznanja

My undergrad and PhD were fully funded by scholarships (~ 100 000 EUR sum)


After my PhD I have personally obtained ~ 275 000 EUR:

  • VENI research fellowship, 250 000 EUR by NWO, (2018-2021)
  • Workshop funding, 25 000 EUR by Lorentz Center, Netherlands
  • Dutch Data Prize for SPI-Birds project (2020) – 5 000 EUR
  • Open Science Use Case Award (2020) for SPI-Birds initiative
  • NWO Cooperation and Exchange / Scientific Meetings Grant for organizing 2 day symposium & workshops on Open Science in Ecology (2017) – 10 000 EUR
  • RDA EU Early Career support Programme for the RDA 9th Plenary (2017)
  • Conference travel grant, Welcome Trust, to attend #scidata16 (2016)


2021/2022   Guest Lecturer, Life History course (MSc level): Wageningen University, Netherlands

2019/2020 Guest Lecturer, Quantitative conservation ecology (MSc level), Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

2010-2015 College tutor, Quantitative methods (Undergrad in Biology), St Catherine’s College, u University of Oxford

2013-2015   Lecturer, Introduction to Ornithology, Oxford University Dept. for Continuing Education

2013-2015   Lecturer, Vertebrate Zoology & Animal Behaviour, Oxford Study Abroad Program

2015              Lecturer, Science Communication, Oxford Sparks


Članstva u profesionalnim udrugama / društvima


1. Executive director of SPI-Birds Network & Database (

2. Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology

3. Executive board, Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology (SORTEE) (

4. Honorary fellow at NIOO-KNAW (2022-ongoing)

5. Sounding board fort he Development of the National Software Management plan, the Netherlands (2022)

6. Advisory Board & Champion of FAIRsFAIR EU project ( for Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe

7.  Open Knowledge Maps, Scientific advisor

8.  Go Fair Implementation Network

9.  European Society for Evolutionary Biology

10. British Ecological Society

11.  Research Data Alliance Europe

12.  Edward Grey Institute (University of Oxford), Research associate


I act as a reviewer within areas of Open Science, Evolution, Ecology, and meta-analysis, and have reviewed close to 200 papers from over 30 journals (e.g. Nature, Ecology Letters, PLOS Biology, Nature Ecology and Evolution, eLife, Science Advances, Methods in Ecology and Evolution).


1. Programme committee CUC2022 (Carnet users conference), 2021/2022

2. Assessment committee of the Open science fund, NWO, 2020/2021 round

3. Reviewer for National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary (the NRDI Office, the main organization in Hungary providing funds for R&D, including basic (discovery) research)

4. Review committee, CUC2022, 2021/2022

5. Scientific Project Advisory Group of “Threatened Data for Threatened Species”, University of Greifswald, Germany

6. Co-chair of Education Committee, SORTEE

7. Co-chair of Awards Committee, SORTEE


  • Culina A. (2020): How I managed my work and personal life as a sole parent during the pandemic, Nature. doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-02329-x
  • Culina A. (2018): Navigating the Open Data landscape in Ecology and Evolution – lets make it work. Nature Ecology & Evolution Community: Behind the paper.
  • Culina A. (2018): How I opened up towards Open Science. Springer Nature: Data Dialogues.
  • Culina A. (2018): Open Science and the long-tail of scientists work: Let’s bridge the gap. ZWB


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