WG Anthropogenic impacts

WG Anthropogenic impacts


The group is composed of researchers from various disciplines. They study the impacts and consequences of human activities on the marine environment, from marine pollution and the effects of climate change to responses at different levels of biological organisation.



 Fields of research and expertise



- Marine pollution: study of marine pollution with different organic and inorganic pollutants, hydrocarbons (aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic), PCBs and chlorinated pesticides, organotin compounds and metals (determination of pollutant distribution, concentrations, sources and the impact on marine environment)
- Marine litter, plastics, microplastics: study of pollution of the sea by plastic materials and especially microplastics (determination of microplastics distribution, concentrations in seawater, marine sediments and organisms, determination of sources of plastic materials)
- the degradation and transformation of organic compounds in marine environment, especially the photochemical degradation
- photocatalysed degradation of organic pollutants in different aqueous media under artificial light and in field conditions
- anthropogenic impact (mariculture, marine transport and port activities, sewage release, hypoxia and anoxia) on meiofauna communities
- climate change impacts (ocean acidification, hypoxia, warming, marine heat wave) and biological vulnerability and risk assessment
- impact of climate change on marine calcifying organisms: study of the responses across various levels of biological organisation (genetic, subcellular, cellular, physiological and organismal) and community structure
- Ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) strategies
- Study of environmental stress on physiology and connectivity of marine species (jellyfish, mussels)




- Sampling, sample preparation and analyses of organic compounds, including pollutants, by different chromatographic techniques
- Sampling, sample preparation and analyses of microplastics in seawater, sediments and organisms; determination of plastic material by infrared spectroscopy (ATR FTIR and µ-FTIR)
- Photochemical and photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants; determination of kinetics, influence of different matrices and analyses of formed photoproducts
- identification of harpacticoid copepods
- biomarker development for global change biology
- correlation, synthesis of multiple stressors on various levels of biological organization and across different trophic levels
- data and approach synthesis related to the modelling, physical-chemical observational and biological responses
- threshold science for ocean acidification assessment for regional and global assessments




Staff members


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oliver Bajt, Scientific Counsellor, Head of WG Anthropogenic impacts


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Dr. Nina Bednaršek, Senior Research Associate


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Dr. Mateja Grego, Scientific Associate


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Jena Jamšek, Young Researcher


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Hanna van de Mortel, Assistant

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Živa Muhič, Associate


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Assist. Prof. Dr. Andreja Ramšak


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Coastal Sea Research – ARRS Research Programme P1-0237 




Plastic Pirates - Go Europe; young Citizen Scientists with a mission to collect data and disseminate knowledge about plastic and microplastic pollution of rivers (V1-2040)

1.4.2021 - 30.6.2022



Biomarkers of subcellular stress in the Northern Adriatic under global environmental change

1.11.2020 - 31.10.2023



Marine pollution with microplastics and organic pollutants - ARRS Research Programme P1-0237



Bilateral Project Slovenia-Serbia:  Induction of oxidative stress by microplastic particles with adsorbed hydrophobic organic pollutants in edible mussels

 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022

Leader: dr. Oliver Bajt




1.1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022

Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak




29. 12. 2019 - 30. 9. 2021

Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak



Application of DNA technology for the detection of adulteration in fishery products through the evaluation of socio-economic aspects (CRP Let's secure food for tomorrow, project V1-1808)

1. 11. 2018 - 31. 10. 2020 (extension to 31.03.2021)

Leaders: dr. Lovrenc Lipej, dr. Andreja Ramšak



FISH-AGRO TECH CBC Interreg Italia-Slovenia-European Regional Development Fund 01.07.2017 - 31. 12. 2019 (extension to 31.03.2021)

Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak



AssemblePlus - Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded (H2020 Research and Innovation Action), duration 01. 10. 2017 do 30.09.2021 (extension to 30.09.2022)

Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak



MARISTEM COST Action 16203 Stem cells of marine/aquatic invertebrates: from basic research to innovative applications

Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak

02.10.2017 - 30.09. 2021 (extension to 31.03.2022)




Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak




Leader at NIB: dr. Andreja Ramšak






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RASPOR DALL'OLIO, Lucija, BERAN, Alfred, FLANDER-PUTRLE, Vesna, MALEJ, Alenka, RAMŠAK, Andreja. Diversity of dinoflagellate symbionts in scyphozoan hosts from shallow environments : the Mediterranean Sea and Cabo Frio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Frontiers in marine science. May 2022, vol. 9, str. 1-13, ilustr. ISSN 2296-7745. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.867554, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.867554. [COBISS.SI-ID 108221187],


ROMANO, Giovanna, ALMEIDA, Mariana, VARELA COELHO, Ana, CUTIGNANO, Adele, MOREIRA GONÇALVES, Luís, HANSEN, Espen, KHNYKIN, Denis, MASS, Tali, RAMŠAK, Andreja, ROCHA S., Miguel, SILVA, Tiago Henriques da, SUGNI, Michela, BALLARIN, Loriano, GENEVIERE, Anne-Marie. Biomaterials and bioactive natural products from marine invertebrates. Marine drugs. 2022, iss. 4, vol. 20, str. 1-45, ilustr. ISSN 1660-3397. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/20/4/219, DOI: 10.3390/md20040219. [COBISS.SI-ID 103233539]


ROSNER, Amalia, ARMENGAUD, Jean, BALLARIN, Loriano, BARNAY-VERDIER, Stéphanie, CIMA, Francesca, VARELA COELHO, Ana, DOMART-COULON, Isabelle, DROBNE, Damjana, GENEVIERE, Anne-Marie, JEMEC KOKALJ, Anita, KOTLARSKA, Ewa, RAMŠAK, Andreja, et al. Stem cells of aquatic invertebrates as an advanced tool for assessing ecotoxicological impacts. Science of the total environment. 17 Jan. 2021, vol. , [article] 144565, str. [1-117], ilustr. ISSN 0048-9697. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969720380967?via%3Dihub#!, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144565. [COBISS.SI-ID 48752387  ]


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OBST, Matthias, EXTER, Katrina, ALLCOCK, A. Louise, ARVANITIDIS, Christos, AXBERG, Alizz, BUSTAMANTE, Maria, FORTIČ, Ana, MAVRIČ, Borut, RAMŠAK, Andreja, et al. A marine biodiversity observation network for genetic monitoring of hard-bottom communities (ARMS-MBON). Frontiers in marine science. Nov. 2020, vol. 7, str. 1-9, ilustr. ISSN 2296-7745. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.572680/full, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.572680. [COBISS.SI-ID 40033027]


GREGO, Mateja, MALEJ, Alenka, DE TROCH, Marleen. The depleted carbon isotopic signature of nematodes and harpacticoids and their place in carbon processing in fish farm sediments. Frontiers in marine science, ISSN 2296-7745, Jul. 2020, vol. 7, article 572, str. 1-15, ilustr. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.00572/full, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00572. [COBISS.SI-ID 24147971]


BEDNARŠEK, Nina, FEELY, Richard Alan, BECK, Marcus W., ALIN, Simone R., SIEDLECKI, Samantha A., CALOSI, Piero, NORTON, Emily L., SAENGER, Casey, ŠTRUS, Jasna, GREELEY, Dana, NEZLIN, Nikolay, ROETHLER, Miranda, SPICER, John I. Exoskeleton dissolution with mechanoreceptor damage in larval Dungeness crab related to severity of present-day ocean acidification vertical gradients. Science of the total environment, ISSN 0048-9697, 2020, vol. 716, str. 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136610. [COBISS.SI-ID 9403001]


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PALATINUS, Andreja, KOVAČ VIRŠEK, Manca, ROBIČ, Uroš, GREGO, Mateja, BAJT, Oliver, ŠILJIĆ, Jasna, SUARIA, Giuseppe, LIUBARTSEVA, Svitlana, COPPINI, Giovanni, PETERLIN, Monika. Marine litter in the Croatian part of the middle Adriatic Sea : simultaneous assessment of floating and seabed macro and micro litter abundance and composition. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2019, vol. 139, str. 427-439, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.038. [COBISS.SI-ID 4967247]


BAJT, Oliver, RAMŠAK, Andreja, MILUN, Vesna, ANDRAL, Bruno, ROMANELLI, Giulia, ALFONSO, Scarpato, MITRIĆ, Milena, KUPUSOVIĆ, Tarik, KLJAJIĆ, Zoran, ANGELIDIS, Michael, ÇULLAJ, Algi, GALGANI, François. Assessing chemical contamination in the coastal waters of the Adriatic Sea using active mussel biomonitoring with Mytilus galloprovincialis. Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, 2019, vol. 141, str. 283-298, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.056. [COBISS.SI-ID 5013071]


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University of Ljubljana https://www.uni-lj.si

Institut Ruđer Bošković https://www.irb.hr/

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Kiel University (Kiel Science Factory) https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/

Ciencia Viva https://www.cienciaviva.pt/



Other activities



Service in international scientific associations and scientific boards:


- EUROMARINE member of Steering Committee  and GA representative of NIB (dr. Andreja Ramšak) https://www.euromarinenetwork.eu/

- Member of Scientific Advisory and Technical Board of LifeWatch - ERIC (dr. Andreja Ramšak) https://www.lifewatch.eu/web/guest/home

- Member of Steering Committee of LifeWatch Slovenia (dr. Andreja Ramšak) https://www.lifewatch.eu/slovenia





- University of Primorska, FAMNIT

- International Postgraduate School IJS

- University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport



Science communication activities:


- Open Door Day of MBS- NIB yearly on the World Oceans Day

- Researchers night 2018, 2019

- Media communication (national and international media CNN, Seattle Times, National Geographic, Rolling Stone ...)

- Mentoring students from developing countries through Pier2Pier

- Prometheus of Science Award in 2011 (film Between Land and Sea)