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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WETADAPT – adaptive and plasticity potential of ectotherm physiology to respond to climate change

Project coordinator: Anamarija Žagar, PhD

Coordinator for NIB: University of Ljubljana, Slovenian Forestry Institute, CIBIO/InBIO Institute

Code: J1-2466

Duration: 1.9.2020 - 1.9.2023

The main goal of the project is to identify the adaptive and plasticity potential of physiology, namely, traits involved in metabolism and water retention, in ectotherms. We will conduct research on two mountain lizard species that occur across large elevation spans, one from the sub-tropical climate in the Tenerife Island (species Gallotia galloti) and the other from temperate climate in Slovenia (species Iberolacerta horvathi).

Project team

Name Role Institution
Dr. Anamarija Žagar Principal Investigator (PI) National Institute of Biology (NIB)
Dr. Tatjana Simčič Researcher National Institute of Biology (NIB)
Dr. David Stanković Researcher National Institute of Biology (NIB)
Dr. Damjana Drobne Researcher University of Ljubljana (UL)
Dr. Sara Novak Researcher University of Ljubljana (UL)
Valentina Perc Technical assistant University of Ljubljana (UL)
Dr. Maarten de Groot Researcher Slovenian Forestry Institute (GIS)
Dr. Rodrigo Megía-Palma Researcher (foreign) CIBIO/InBIO Institute (CIBIO)
Dr. Catarina Pinho Researcher (foreign) CIBIO/InBIO Institute (CIBIO)
Nina Serén PhD student (foreign) CIBIO/InBIO Institute (CIBIO)


  • ŽAGAR, A., CARRETERO, M.A., DE GROOT, M. Time changes everything: Analysing temporal patterns of evaporative water loss. Submitted to Oecologia (under review)
  • DAJČMAN, U., CARRETERO, M.A., MEGÍA-PALMA, R., PERERA, A., KOSTANJŠEK, R., ŽAGAR, A. Shared haemogregarine infections in competing lacertids. Submitted to Parasitology (under review)