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2000 - 2006
Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, B.Sc., ecology
2010 - 2015
Ph.D. studies in Molecular Biosciences (University of Osijek, University of Dubrovnik and Ruđer Bošković Institute)

Research Areas


2022 - 2024 Adris Foundation project "Systematics, taxonomy, and protection of cave spiders of the Rhodinae subfamily". Team: Martina Pavlek PI, team members: Iva Čupić research collaborator, Miquel Arnedo research collaborator.

2021 - ongoing: ERGA Croatia (European Reference Genome Atlas)

2015 - ongoing: core project "Evolution in caves". Team: Martina Pavlek PI, Iva Čupić research collaborator, Nikola Pischiutta master student.

2017 - 2019 Postdoctoral researcher on a HiddenLife project, Marie Curie Sklodowska Actions Individual Fellowship, University of Barcelona,

2015 June– 2016 September, European Social Fond project “Genome evolution of subterranean animals” HR.3.2.01-0015. Team: Martina Pavlek PI, team members: Marko Lukić PhD student; Tanja Vojvoda Zeljko postdoctoral resercher.

Awards and Achievements

2020 Systematics Research Fund award by the The Linnean Society & Systematics Association for the project "Tracing back the origins of Dinaric cave-dwelling Dysderidae spiders"

2020 SYNTHESYS+, IL-TAF-8269, European commission award for the project "Do Levantine and Dinaric cave-dwelling spiders share their evolutionary history?"

2017 100 000 MSCA FELLOWS AWARD for the od HiddenLife project, European Commission, European Researchers' Night, Brussels

2016 Annual prize of Society of university teachers and the other scientist in Zagreb


Arachnids―part of the Medical entomology course at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Croatia


Books and book chapters

Authored books

  • Bregović, P., Mišerić, I., Bedek, J., Ćukušić, A., Čupić, I., Delić, T., Dražina, T., Hlebec, D., Komerički, A., Lukić, M., Pavlek, M., Ružanović, L., Sudar, N., Tvrtković, N., Jalžić, B. & Malenica Čepelak, M. (2022) The hidden animal life of Barać Caves. Karlovac, Javna ustanova Baraćeve špilje.
  • Jalžić, B., Čuković Malenica, T., Mihoci, T., Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Bregović, P., Dražina, T., Jalžić, V., Komerički, A., Kovač Konrad, P., Kutleša, P., Lukić, M., Malenica Čepelak, M., Miculinić, K., Pavlek, M., Perkić, D. & Sudar, V. (2021) Caves of the island Mljet in pictures and words. Zagreb, Nacionalni park Mljet ; Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo.
  • Marguš, M., Bedak, J., Dražina, T., Gracin, J., Jalžić, B., Komerički, A., Lukić, L., Marguš, D., Miculinić, K., Mihelčić, G., Ozimec, R. & Pavlek, M. (2013) Speleological guide to Krka National Park. Šibenik, Nacionalni park Krka.
  • Marguš, D., Barišić, T., Bedek, J., Dražina, T., Gracin, J., Hamidović, D., Jalžić, B., Komerički, A., Lukić, M., Marguš, M., Menđušić, M., Miculinić, K., Mihelčić, G., Ozimec, R. & Pavlek, M. (2012) Underground secrets. Šibenik, Nacionalni park Krka.
  • Ozimec, R., Bedek, J., Gottstein, S., Jalžić, B., Slapnik, R., Štamol, V., Bilandžija, H., Dražina, T., Kletečki, E., Komerički, A., Lukić, M. & Pavlek, M. (2009) Red book of Croatian cave dwelling fauna. Zagreb, Ministarstvo kulture i medija Republike Hrvatske ; Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode.

Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Membership in professional associations / societies

2021 ERGA (The European Reference Genome Atlas), country council representative

2019 Systematics association

2019 International Biogeography Society

2017 Research Institute of Biodiversity (IRBio - Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat), University of Barcelona

2017 CAWEB (European cave spiders’ network)

2016 International Society for Subterranean Biology

2015 International Society of Arachnology

2014 European Society of Arachnology

2012 Croatian Arachnological Society Narcis Damin

2003 Croatian Biospeleological Society (member, vice-president)

2010 - 2014 Society for Experimental Biology

IUCN Spider & Scorpion Specialist Group

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