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Invasive Species

Code: 44566
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Jasna Lajtner - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Božena Mitić - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Lectures
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Sandra Hudina - Seminar
izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Seminar

dr. sc. Dario Hruševar - Practicum
izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Practicum

doc. dr. sc. Sandra Hudina - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Dijana Škorić - Lectures
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. Understanding the problem of invasive species at national, regional and global level
2. Predicting the potential dangers of the presence and spread of invasive species
3. Applying the new knowledge in preparation and developing projects related to the invasive species elimination
4. Using the legal framework related to the invasive species and proposing and arguing the necessary changes



1. Invasive species definition and historical overview
2. Invasive species ecology
3. Invasive species genetics
4. Invasive species control, their eradication and prevention
5. Legislation
6. Invasive protist species
7. - 8. Invasive invertebrate species
9. - 10. Invasive vertebrate species
11. Invasive microorganisms
12. Invasive algae
13. Alien and invasive plants - problems in criteria, terminology and classifications
14. - 15. Invasive plant species

Two half-day practical courses in the vicinity of Zagreb
Practical courses 1: Invasive crayfish and mollusc species: Research methodology of invasive species. Invasive species determination. Estimation of invasive species population size.
Practical courses 2: Invasive plant species: Methods of research and plant determination. Mapping and estimation of invasive plant species population size.

Seminars' topics are defined at the beginning of semester, depending on students' interest.
  1. Maguire, I., Lajtner, J., Mitić, B. (2015): predavanja na webu
  2. Nikolić T., Mitić B., Boršić I. (2014): Flora Hrvatske - invazivne biljke. Alfa d.d., Zagreb. Priručnik.
  3. Lockwood, M.L, Hoopes, M.F., Marchetti, M.P.(2007): Invasion Ecology. Blackwell publishing. (pdf)
  4. Maguire I. (2010): Slatkovodni rakovi - Priručnik za inventarizaciju i praćenje stanja. Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode, Zagreb. 40 p.
2. semester
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory studij - Ecology and Nature Preservation
Consultations schedule:
  • prof. dr. sc. Dijana Škorić :

    By appointment (Please, send an e-mail to make an appointment.)