Graduate School

Selected Topics in Water Pollution

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

Objectives and competences

To present to the students deepen knowledge on principles of water ecosystems and up-to-date research activities related to problems of water pollution.



Content (Syllabus outline)

Content of course is selected by student in agreement with supervisor on topics covered by his/her research work. Topics of course are confirmed by scientific committee of Postgraduate studying program at the Faculty of environmental studies.

Intended learning outcomes

Understanding of principles of structure and dynamic of aquatic ecosystems, sources of pollution, their consequences on aquatic ecosystems. Autonomous work on problems related to the problems of water pollution.


Wetzel, R.G., 2001: Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems. Academic Press, San Diego.

Selected articles related to water pollution (at least 20 articles).


  • Seminar work 50% • Oral exam 50%

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Anton Brancelj is full professor of ecology at the University of Nova Gorica

Selected references:

  • SIMČIČ, Tatjana, JESENŠEK, Dušan, BRANCELJ, Anton. Effects of increased temperature on metabolic activity and oxidative stress in the first life stages of marble trout (Salmo marmoratus). Fish physiology and biochemistry. 2015, vol. 41, no. 4, str. 1005-1014. ISSN 0920-1742. DOI: 10.1007/s10695-015-0065-6. [COBISS.SI-ID 3448911]
  • MORI, Nataša, KANDUČ, Tjaša, OPALIČKI, Maja, BRANCELJ, Anton. Groundwater drift as a tracer for identifying sources of spring discharge. Ground water. 2015, vol. 53, issue s1, str. 123-132. ISSN 0017-467X. DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12314. [COBISS.SI-ID 3299407]
  • SIMČIČ, Tatjana, JESENŠEK, Dušan, BRANCELJ, Anton. Metabolic potential, respiration rate and their relationship in offspring of different sizes of marble trout (Salmo marmoratus Cuvier). Turkish journal of fisheries and aquatic sciences. 2015, vol. 15, no. 1, str. 39-48. DOI: 10.4194/1303-2712-v15_1_05. [COBISS.SI-ID 3452239]
  • BRANCELJ, Anton, ŽIBRAT, Uroš, JAMNIK, Brigita. Differences between groundwater fauna in shallow and in deep intergranular aquifers as an indication of different characteristics of habitats and hydraulic connections. Journal of limnology. 2016, vol. 75, no. 2, str. 248-261. ISSN 1129-5767., DOI: 10.4081/jlimnol.2016.1294. [COBISS.SI-ID 3815247]
  • SIMČIČ, Tatjana, JESENŠEK, Dušan, BRANCELJ, Anton. Metabolic characteristics of early life history stages of native marble trout (Salmo marmoratus) and introduced brown trout (Salmo trutta) and their hybrids in the Soča River. Ecology of freshwater fish. 2017, vol. 26, str. 141-149. ISSN 0906-6691. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12264. [COBISS.SI-ID 3678287]
  • MORI, Nataša, SIMČIČ, Tatjana, BRANCELJ, Anton, ROBINSON, Christopher T., DOERING, Michael. Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of actual and potential respiration in two contrasting floodplains. Hydrological processes. 2017, vol. 31, iss. 14, str. 2622-2636. ISSN 0885-6087., DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11211. [COBISS.SI-ID 4307023]
  • MORI, Nataša, DEBELJAK, Barbara, ŠKERJANEC, Mateja, SIMČIČ, Tatjana, KANDUČ, Tjaša, BRANCELJ, Anton. Modelling the effects of multiple stressors on respiration and microbial biomass in the hyporheic zone using decision trees. Water research. 2019, vol. 149, str. 9-20. ISSN 0043-1354., DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.10.093. [COBISS.SI-ID 4885071]
  • BRANCELJ, Anton, MORI, Nataša, TREU, Francesco, STOCH, Fabio. The groundwater fauna of the Classical Karst : hydrogeological indicators and descriptors. Aquatic ecology. 2020, vol. 54, str. 205-224. ISSN 1386-2588. DOI: 10.1007/s10452-019-09737-w. [COBISS.SI-ID 5247567]
  • BRANCELJ, Anton. Shifts in zooplankton communities in high-mountain lakes induced by singular events (fish stocking, earthquakes) : evidence from a 20-year survey in Slovenia (Central Europe). Aquatic ecology. 2021, 19 str., [in press]. ISSN 1386-2588. DOI: 10.1007/s10452-021-09858-1. [COBISS.SI-ID 59250947]
  • OPALIČKI, Maja, DANEVČIČ, Tjaša, HUG, Katrin, FILLINGER, Lucas, MANDIĆ-MULEC, Ines, GRIEBLER, Christian, BRANCELJ, Anton. Key drivers of microbial abundance, activity, and diversity in karst spring waters across an altitudinal gradient in Slovenia. Aquatic microbial ecology. 2021, vol. 86, str. 99-114. ISSN 0948-3055., DOI: 10.3354/ame01956. [COBISS.SI-ID 56743171]

University course code: 3OK008

Year of study: 2

Semester: 3-4

Course principal:


ECTS: 10


  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 240 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures, seminar