Timotej Turk Dermastia

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Research Assistant


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Areas of interest:

Harmful algal blooms


Climate change




I was born on the 23.11.1992 in Ljubljana, where I finished high school at Gimnazija Poljane. After graduating I began with my studies of biology at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. During my studies I have participated in many workshops and seminars where I deepened my knowledge of life sciences. In the last year of my bachelor’s degree I was accepted to a student exchange in Perth, Australian lead by the European-Australian Network. I spent 5 months in Perth at Edith Cowan University, fulfilling my assignments towards my degree in Biology. Upon returning to Slovenia I started working at the Marine Biology Station in Piran on a student project where we developed a method for fast identification of fish species in food products. Work on this project had lead me to continue my education in marine biology so I applied and was accepted to St Andrews University in Scotland on a Masters course in Ecosystem-based management of marine systems. I spent a year in Scotland and graduated in November 2016 with a thesis titled Investigating immigration as a driver of population growth in the New Caledonian humpback whale breeding grounds using paternity analysis. After finishing my masters, I continued my studies on a PhD programme of Ecotechnology at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and started working as PhD candidate at the Marine biology station in Piran, where I am involved in studies of harmful algal blooms and the phytoplankton composition of the Slovenian sea.





I am a member of the academic assembly of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate school. I frequently write for popular science magazines and websites, where I try to bring my scientific interest to the general public and even children.




 Link to COBISS, a Slovenian database containing all my publications