Department of Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems Research
The Department of Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems Research is carrying out the research within three main fields: ecophysiology, biodiversity and ecology. Our research is oriented towards better understanding the impacts of human activities on selected species or entire ecosystems in order to prepare environmental impact assessments, and developing guidelines for sustainable use of the environment and efficient conservation strategies.
- In the field of eco-physiology, by measuring the activity of the respiratory system and actual respiration, we study the responses of species to changes in environmental parameters, the ability of species to tolerate these changes, and the effects of these changes on function of entire ecosystems.
- Within the field of biodiversity we study the distribution of species in Slovenia. We are specialists for certain groups of crustaceans, coleopterans and birds. The species data we collect are being used for environmental impact assessments.
- In the field of ecology, we study population dynamics, interspecific relationships, influence of environmental features and the ecology of invasive species. Research is focused on long-term studies of high alpine lakes and the impacts of climate change as well as on studies of invertebrate communities in ground waters in relation to environmental parameters and human impacts. Further, we are studying the interspecific relationships of predators (owls) and the predator-prey relationship in forest ecosystems, population dynamics of beetles and the interaction between man and birds within cultivated land.
Head: Uni. Prof. Anton Brancelj, PhD