Selected Topics in Nature Protection and Biodiversity Conservation

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Environmental Sciences

Objectives and competences

The students will gain knowledge about the most recent advances in the field of nature conservation: natural science, social science and management aspects of nature protection and biodiversity conservation will be discussed.




A selection of natural science knowledge and skills, necessary for successful implementation of conservation activities, which enables the identification of natural heritage and biodiversity, their conservation, implementation of information system and monitoring.

In-depth knowledge of social sciences for better understanding human dimensions of nature conservation, ethical foundations of nature conservation, the role of environmental awareness, legislation, economic evaluation, conflict of interest in nature conservation and biodiversity, and possible social approaches to resolve them.

Conservation management and implementation of various forms of nature protection and biodiversity conservation will be discussed, with a comparative analysis of organization of nature conservation at national and international level.

Intended learning outcomes

The students will be able to do a multi-disciplinary analysis of nature conservation problems and critical evaluation of scientific results and publications in the field of nature protection and biodiversity conservation.


Sinclair et al. 2006. Wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. Second edition. Blackwell Publishing. Catalogue E-version

Selected literature (articles) related to nature protection and biodiversity conservation (at least 20 articles).


Seminar work (50%) and oral examination (50%)

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., 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., 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., 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]