Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology

Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology Members

Head of Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology

Branimir Hackenberger Kutuzović, PhD., Full Professor

hackenberger [at]

Vera Cesar-Lepeduš,PhD, Full Professor


Oleg Antonić, PhD., Full Professor

oleg.antonic [at]

Vesna Peršić, PhD., Assistant Professor

vesna.persic [at]

Goran Palijan, PhD., Assistant Professor

goran.palijan [at]

Olga Jovanović Glavaš, PhD., Assistant Professor

olga.jovavnovic [at]

Željka Lončarić, PhD., Assistant Professor

zeljka.loncaric [at]

Marija Kovačević, assistent HRZZ

marija.kovacevic [at]

Luca Zelić

luca.zelic [at]

Domagoj Hackenberger Kutuzović

zeljka.loncaric [at]

Tamara Đerđ

zeljka.loncaric [at]

Nikolina Stjepanović

marija.kovacevic [at]

Participation in scientific work at the Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology

Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology Activities

Guest at the Sub-Department of Quantitative Ecology

Viktoria Feigl from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science
Research Group of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology.

As part of her stay, she gave a lecture: “Environmental risk assessment of soils and sediments after the Ajka catastrophe and the re-use of red mud as soil ameliorant”, April 9, 2015 at 1 p.m.

ABEL Training School on UAVs and Biogeochemical Cycling

The school was held in the “Las Majadas del Tiétar” place located in western Spain (province of Cáceres). The experimental site is a characteristic “dehesa” (savannah, oak) ecosystem with two vegetation layers: a layer of low tree density (20% coverage) and an average age of trees of 150-200 years; and the bottom layer consists of pastures. The site is a research station of ecological processes that take place in it and is equipped with flux towers operated by the Mediterranean Center for Environmental Studies (CEAM) and the Institute of Biogeochemistry of the Max Planck Institute (MPI-BGC). In addition to the equipment for flux measurements and other micrometeorological variables, there are also measuring devices for continuous spectral reflectance measurements on site. The school was attended by a total of twelve students and eight coaches coming from 10 different European countries. During school, we acquired a number of theoretical knowledge during various lectures in the fields of spectroscopy, sampling, experimental design, spectral databases, modeling, sunlight-induced fluorescence, and data integration. We are acquainted in detail with the models of radiative transfer (so-called radiative transfer model) ( and the spectral base SPECCHIO ( which we covered in lectures and practicums.

Summer school: modeling in R and process modeling in soil

The school was organized as part of the EUFORINNO project – European Forest Research and Innovation (RegPot No. 315982) and as part of the COST project BIOLINK – Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests (FP1305).

Part of the lecture was given by prof. dr. sc. Branimir K. Hackenberger with assistant Željko L

ončarić. The summer school had 36 students from 22 states.

ErIK: software platform for the identification of Croatian earthworms

ErIK software platform for identification of Croatian earthworms released. Designed to facilitate the determination of Croatian earthworms to the level of the species. The key is designed to make it easy to determine up to the level of a species using a variety of tools and images. The main window of the program contains descriptive texts (external and internal material, distribution), a map of finding the species, a drawing of the species and a list of all species in Croatia. The determination can be performed in two ways – using a spreadsheet and using a dichotomous key. The tabular key allows direct entry of morphological and anatomical parameters of the observed individual. It is possible to enter a total of 18 parameters, and it is not necessary to enter all in order for the key to work. The dichotomous key is based on the classical key of determining species according to the principle of two choices. Within the program there is also a manual for use with a description of all morphological and anatomical features. The program is free, and can be ordered on the CD by contacting e-mail:, and will soon be available for download from this website

International meeting of the KEYSOM project In the premises of the Department of Biology, a meeting of the Steering Committee and a meeting of the working groups of the COST project KEYSOM: Soil fauna – key to soil organic matter dynamics and modeling

Initial meeting of the DEFENSoil project

The initial meeting of the HRZZ research project DEFENSoil was held: Different effects of environmentally relevant mixtures of metal-based nanoparticles and pesticides on soil fauna: New guidelines for risk assessment !!!

Project website: