Biotechnological Hub of the NIB (BTH-NIB)

The purpose of the investment project BTH-NIB is the assurance of the appropriate infrastructural conditions for the use of research and developmental opportunities in the fields of operation of the NIB.

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Dr. Mateja Grego

Working place: Scientific Associate

Telephone number: +386 (0)59 23 29 16
Department: Marine Biology Station Piran



PhD, 2010, Impact of fish culture on meiofauna in the Bay of Piran, Mentor: Prof. Dr. Alenka Malej, Co-mentor: Dr. Marleen De Troch (University of Ghent), University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Biology



  • BALMAS Ballast water management system for Adriatic Sea protection (IPA Adriatic 1° STR/0005)
  • Low dissolved oxygen events in the Northern Adriatic: in situ experimental insights into benthic responses before, during and post-anoxia FWF P21542-B17 (completed)
  • Detrmining biological and ecological characteristics and seasonal dynamics of certain commercially important fish species in the Portorož Fisheries Reserve V4-1071 (completed)
  • ECASA; ECosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture – EU 6th Framework program (completed)
  • MarBEF; Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning – EU 6th Framework program (completed)



  • ecology of meiofauna
  • impact of different stressors on harpacticoid copepod community, namely the organic pollution (fish farming) and hypoxia/anoxia
  • experiments in situ and in vitro,  and with 13C isotopes to study the benthic food webs 
  • large scale harpacticoid copepod diversity and biogeography 
  • diet of economically important fish of Slovenian coastal waters (North Adriatic)
  • microplastic pollution of coastal sediments




World Association of Copepodologists, from 2014 



LAGLBAUER Betty; FRANCO-SANTOS Rita Melo; ANDREU-CAZENAVE Miguel; BRUNELLI Lisa; PAPADATOU Maria; PALATINUS Andreja; GREGO Mateja. Macrodebris and Microplastics from Beaches in Slovenia. Marine pollution bulletin, in press MPB-D-14-00376R1

GREGO, Mateja, RIEDEL, Bettina, STACHOWITSCH, Michael, DE TROCH, Marleen. Meiofauna winners and losers of coastal hypoxia: case study harpacticoid copepods. Biogeosciences, ISSN 1726-4170, 2014, vol. 11, no. 2, str. 281-292, ilustr., doi: 10.5194/bg-11-281-2014. [COBISS.SI-ID 3034703]

DE TROCH, Marleen, ROELOFS, Marleen, RIEDEL, Bettina, GREGO, Mateja. Structural and functional responses of harpacticoid copepods to anoxia in the Northern Adriatic: an experimental approach. Biogeosciences, ISSN 1726-4170, 2013, vol. 10, no. 6, str. 4259-4272, ilustr., doi: 10.5194/bg-10-4259-2013. [COBISS.SI-ID 2809679]

Link to COBISS, a Slovenian database containing all my publications