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University of Zadar

department/unit: Department of ecology, agronomy and aquaculture

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services: University of Zadar is the largest integrated University in the Republic of Croatia, which includes 27 university departments. A special effort is put into the development of scientific and teaching activities in natural sciences, engineering, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, which are closely connected to the regional economic development. The Department of Ecology, Agronomy and Aquaculture started working in 2006 when the first academic staff was employed. Today Department offers two undergraduate studies: Applied Ecology in Agriculture and Underwater Science and Technologies, and one graduate study: Sustainable Management of Aquatic Ecosystems. Academic staff expertise are within biotechnical and natural science area. The Department performs scientific, teaching and professional work, grows and progresses each day and contributes to the blue sector development. In particular, active research and teaching activities are performed in the field of marine biology and ecology, environmental science, fisheries, aquaculture, oceanology, marine and coastal environment protection, small pelagic fish, new farming technologies and diversification of species (fish and shellfish), aquatic animal health, benthic assemblages (meiofauna), etc.

previous experience: Special attention is given to the cooperation with local and regional communities through preparation and execution of joint projects, participation in creation of strategic development planning documents, the encouragement of the civil society development, organizing various activities with the aim to popularize science, encourage research and sustainable regard for cultural and natural heritage. The Department performs scientific, teaching and professional work, grows and progresses each day and contributes to general development. University of Zadar was a leading partner in following projects: BLUE SMART - Blue Education for Sustainable Management of Aquatic Resources (co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund); INOVADA – Quality Research and Promotion of Novigrad Mussels – (financed by the European Social Fund); UWST - Underwater Science and Technologies – (co-financed by the TEMPUS III program); Prosperity in Diversity (co-financed by the IPA IV program). University of Zadar was partner in following projects: ADRIREEF - Innovative exploitation of Adriatic Reefs in order to strengthen blue economy (co-financed by the INTERREG program), Monitoring the content and sources of heavy metals in sediments, water, flora and fauna in coastal brackish lakes in Fiesi (Slovenia) and Vrana lake (Croatia): Intensity, history and origin (financed by the MZOS), COREBIO-Conditions, resources, enemies and biodiversity: Forces structuring marine communities of the shallow Adriatic Sea (financed by the HrZZ), CoCoNET -Towards COast to COast NETworks – (financed by the FP7), SCOOL - Sclerochronology as a tool for detecting long-term Adriatic environmental changes (financed by the HrZZ), DORY - Capitalization actions for aDriatic marine envirOnment pRotection and ecosYstem based management (co-financed by the INTERREG program). Through these projects, University of Zadar has acquired good management, professional and operational capacities important for the successful implementation of future projects.


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