Graduate School

Trends in Environment Sciences

This course is part of the programme:
Environmental Sciences (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

The primary aim of the course is to transmit state of art knowledge in the filed of environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology. Students have the possibility to interact an international panel of scientist expert in different disciplines. The participation of activities in the class is an invaluable occasion of scientific and cultural growth offered to students that are strongly advised to actively participate.

To improve student critic attitude, a series of Journal Clubs is proposed, where PhD students study and discuss selected literature. Journal Clubs distributed throughout the year, and are chaired by different group leaders.

Students can propose a seminar wish list to the PhD organizer committee for consideration and selection.

Student can propose to present a scientific article related to his/her own interest

Prerequisites

Inscription in the first academic year.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Seminars in different fields of environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology given by invited international speakers which are top experts in the field.
  • Journal Clubs. Selected topics could be either related to one of the seminar or selected among interesting papers recently published.
  • Integration in the local scientific cultural and research community

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Knowledge of the large complexity of a broad range of topics in environmental science, green chemistry, and biotechnology. Students learn ways of interactive and critic scientific discussion with scientists. It is expected that students critically interact during seminars with questions and discussion. Journal club activities reinforce communication skills and critical interpretation of a published literature.

Readings

Selected literature related to scientific seminars and Journal Clubs.

Assessment

Active attendance to proposed activities (obligatory for ¾ of seminars). Presentation and argumentation of working plan for research.

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor in the feld of Microbiology.

My research field is marine microbial ecology. The focus of my research is the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles in the marine environment. I have also been taking part in monitoring programs and developing methods and procedures to determine the level of pollution and the ecological state of the seawater as well as in nature protection and biodiversity conservation. I am associated to the program group of the Marine Biology Station Piran (NIB) and I have been taking part in numerous research and applicative projects in Slovenia and abroad. I act as a mentor to young researchers as well as to undergraduate and Master’s students.

CARVALHO, Raquel Negrão, ARUQWE, Augustine, AIT-AISSA, Selim, BADO-NILLES, Anne, BALZAMO, Stefania, BAUN, Anders, BELKIN, Shimshon, BLAHA, Ludek, BRION, Francois, CONTI, Daniela, FLANDER PUTRLE, Vesna, TURK, Valentina, et al. Mixtures of Chemical Pollutants at European Legislation Safety Concentrations: How Safe are They?. Toxicological sciences. an official journal of the Society of Toxicology, ISSN 1096-6080, 2014, vol. 141, issue 1, str. 218-233.

TINTA, Tinkara, VOJVODA, Jana, MOZETIČ, Patricija, TALABER, Iva, VODOPIVEC, Martin, MALFATTI, F., TURK, Valentina. Bacterial community shift is induced by dynamic environmental parameters in a changing coastal ecosystem (northern Adriatic, NE Mediterranean Sea) – a 2 year time series study. Environmental microbiology, ISSN 1462-2912. [Print ed.], 2014, [In press], str. 1-16, ilustr. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1462-2920.12519/abstract, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12519. [COBISS.SI-ID 3156559]

SJÖSTEDT, Johanna, PONTARP, Mikael, TINTA, Tinkara, ALFREDSSON, Hanna, TURK, Valentina, LUNDBERG, Per, HAGSTRÖM, Åke, RIEMANN, Lasse. Reduced diversity and changed bacterioplankton community composition do not affect utilisation of dissolved organic matter in the Adriatic Sea. Aquatic microbial ecology, ISSN 0948-3055, 2013, vol. 71, no. 1, str. 15-24. http://www.int-res.com/prepress/a01660.html, doi: 10.3354/ame01660. [COBISS.SI-ID 2890831]

MALFATTI, F., TURK, Valentina, TINTA, Tinkara, MOZETIČ, Patricija, MANGANELLI, M., SAMO, T.J., UGALDE, J.A., KOVAČ, Nives, STEFANELLI, M., ANTONIOLI, M., FONDA UMANI, Serena, DEL NEGRO, P., CATALETTO, B., HOZIĆ, Amela, IVOŠEVIĆ DENARDIS, Nadica, ŽUTIĆ, V., SVETLIČIĆ, Vesna, MIŠIĆ RADIĆ, Tea, RADIĆ, T., FUKS, Dragica, AZAM, Farooq. Microbial mechanisms coupling carbon and phosphorus cycles in phosphorous-limited northern Adriatic Sea. Science of the total environment, ISSN 0048-9697, 2014, vols. 470-471, str. 1173-1183, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.10.040. [COBISS.SI-ID 2983247]

COZZI, Stefano, FALCONI, Claus, CORNICI, Cinzia, ČERMELJ, Branko, KOVAČ, Nives, GIANI, Michele, TURK, Valentina. Recent evolution of river discharges in the Gulf of Trieste and their potential response to climate changes and anthropogenic pressure. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, ISSN 0272-7714, 2012, vol. 115, str. 14-24, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.03.005. [COBISS.SI-ID 2531919]

TINTA, Tinkara, KOGOVŠEK, Tjaša, MALEJ, Alenka, TURK, Valentina. Jellyfish modulate bacterial dynamic and community structure. PloS one, ISSN 1932-6203, 2012, e39274, št. 6, str. 1-11. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0039274, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039274. [COBISS.SI-ID 2589519]

TURK, Valentina, LUČIĆ, Davor, NJIRE, Jakica, TERZIĆ, Senka, TINTA, Tinkara, BENOVIĆ, Adam, MALEJ, Alenka. The epiplankton community in the southern Adriatic: multiple trophic levels along the south – north and inshore-offshore gradients. Acta Adriatica, ISSN 0001-5113, 2012, vol. 53, št. 2, str. 263-276. [COBISS.SI-ID 2692687]

TURK, Valentina, HAGSTRÖM, Åke, KOVAČ, Nives, FAGANELI, Jadran. Composition and function of mucilage macroaggregates in the northern Adriatic. V: SAME 11 – The 11th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology, August 30 – September 04 2009, Piran, Slovenia. DEL GIORGIO, Paul A. (ur.). Progress and perspectives in aquatic microbial ecology, (Aquatic microbial ecology, ISSN 0948-3055, Vol. 61, No. 3, 2010). Oldendorf/Luhe: Inter Research, 2010, vol. 61, št. 3, str. 279-289, doi: 10.3354/ame01447.

TINTA, Tinkara, SLOT CHRISTIANSEN, Louise, KONRAD, Anke, LIBERALES, David A., TURK, Valentina, MUNCH-PETERSEN, Birgitte, PIŠKUR, Jure, CLAUSEN, Anders Renegaard. Deoxiribonucleoside kinases in two aquatic bacteria with high specificity for thymidine and deoxyadenosine. FEMS microbiology letters, ISSN 0378-1097. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 331, issue 2, str. 120-127, doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2012.02565.x. [COBISS.SI-ID 2545487]

University course code: 3OK001

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1-2

Course principal:

ECTS: 30

Workload:

  • Seminar: 75 hours
  • Individual work: 825 hours

Course type: compulsory

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
• participation to seminars • active participation to jurnal club activities • proposal of seminar topics or extra journal club sections • individual work, study of the literature • ability to critically integrate and interpret new information and knowledge.