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Biological oceanography - lectures, seminars, laboratory and field exercises
Marine management and protection of the sea - lectures
Marine biodiversity - lectures, seminars
Marine management and protection of the sea - lectures, seminars
Diversity of Croatian fauna - lectures
My research focuses on two main fields: a) an autecological approach to the study of marine organisms (mostly corals), and b) a community approach to the study of macrobenthic assemblages (especially in the coralligenous community), including secondary production, biomineralization and response to stress.
Studies on coral ecology
Pattern of growth and secondary production of Mediterranean coral Cladocora caespitosa was investigated at infralittoral rocky sites in the eastern Adriatic Sea. Colony morphology was also studied by means of fractal geometry, and the maintenance of a low, coral growth complexity as an optimal choice in managing relationships between water and the colony's living tissues was highlighted. Studies were also carried out to determinate the effect that mucilage coverage exerted on the Cladocora caespitosa colonies.
Studies on macrobenthic communities
The structure and the secondary production of macrobenthic communities were investigated in several protected areas in the eastern Adriatic Sea (National Parks Mljet and Kornati, Nature Parks Telašćica and Lastovo). Community changes in the long term were also assessed by means of conventional and new indices, such as the average taxonomic distinctness index. Taxonomic sufficiency and the functional and structural redundancy of macrobenthic assemblages were also investigated. The functional role of some species (sponges, corals and bryozoans as target species) was assessed, as well as the relationships among the community structure, the characteristics of sediment, and the amount of algal or macrophytic coverage. Particular attention was paid on the structuring capacity of the habitat.
Work in progress
Ecology of the coralligenous community in the eastern Adriatic protected areas (including habitat mapping).
Energy budget of corals
Ecological monitoring of coral target species in the coralligenous community with particular emphasis on the structuring capacity of the habitat
Effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on macrobenthic communities - influence of global warming on coral community
Autecology of the zooxanthellate Anthozoans in the protected areas (Eastern Adriatic Sea).
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