Valentina Turk


scientific counsellor


+386 (0)5 9232 916

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Areas of interest:

Role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles in coastal waters

Interactions among micorbes and other planktonic organisms

Response of microbes to anthropogenic impacts and different organic pollutants





Academic training

1992 Ph.D. Microbiology, University Umeå, Umeå, Sweden

1991 M.Sc. Ecology, University of Ljubljana

1980 B. Sc. Biology, University of Ljubljana

Present affiliation

2010 - Professor, University of Nova Gorica

2003 - Senior research Scientist - National Institute of Biology 

Professional Experience

2000 Fulbright scholarship - SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography, University of California, USA

1996 Scientific cooperation - CNRS project (France/Banyuls sur Mer)

1992 Scholarship University Umeå, Sweden 

1989 Sholarship University Umeå, Swedish/Yugoslav cooperation 

field experience/research cruises: Skagerrak (RV »Argos«), Expedition Medusa3 (RV »Sagitta«), Mljet island, Croatia; open waters S Adriatic (R/V »Naše More«) Croatia

Appointments - Teaching

University of Nova Gorica, School of Environmental Sciences; Graduate study program Environmental Sciences ; School of Viticulture and Enology;

University of Primorska Joint study - Marine Biology: Microbial Oceanography

Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) - Marine Environment of the Mediterranean Sea






Participation in research program:

P1-0237 Raziskave obalnega morja 


Participation in research projects in Slovenia:


− V1-0484 Biološki elementi za določitev ekološkega stanja površinskih vodnih teles

− J1-1300  Organski polutanti v bioloških virih slovenskega morja

− J1-7385 Trofični gradienti in skopljenost pelagiala z bentosom v polzaprtem zalivu zmerno toplega pasu (Tržaški zaliv, Jadransko morje) 

− L1-1608 Virus kot faktor pri celični lizi in pojavu cvetenja morja

− V2―0190 Raziskava o obremenjenosti obalnega morja zaradi onesnaženja

− 2010- 1000-10-780002 Sofinanciranje uveljavljenega raziskovalca iz tujine (prof. dr. Jure Piškur)

− 2011-ARRS-RPROJ-JR-Prijava/2010 Genes behind aroma compounds in wine


 More on these projects can be found at this link.


Participation in projects / Projects leading  

Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transformazions of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling INTERFACES Initial Training Networks FP7-PEOPLE-2'13-INT (Grant agreement No. 607150) 2013-17
Ballast Water Managment system for Adtriatic Sea Protection BALMAS Adriatic IPA 2013-16
Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptos integrated in label-free biosensor platforms for remote surveillance of toxins and pollutants RADAR FP7-KBBE-2010-4 2011-2014
Marine debris removal and preventing futher litter entry MarineClean Eco-Innovation 2010 2011-2014
Cooperative Research on Ecological Interactions in the Coastal Oceans program in the North Adriatic sea: Collaborative international research on gelatinous zooplankton in the Adriatic Sea, Role of bacteria in production and decomposition of colloidal organic matter in the Northern Adriatic CREICO NSF, USA  
Long-Term Pollution monitoring of the Mediterraneane Sea MED POL-PHASE UNEP/ WHO  



 Other areas of expertise and Participation in expert groups:

− Acted as a expert & consultant for UNEP/MAP and EEA –ETC Water/ EIONET; United Nations Environmental Programme, Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP) for marine pollution indicators, eutrophication problems:  Experts Consultation Meeting to Finalized the Scientific Criteria for Pollution Sensitive Areas in the Mediterranean, Atene, Grčija; Review Meeting of MED POL monitoring activities and the use of indicators (UNEP(DEPI)/MED WG.321 Atene (Greece), 12-14 Dec 2007),CAMP - Coastal Area management Plan, EU Agency for Environment (EEA) (EEA –ETC Water/ EIONET – EUROWATERNET). 

− UNEP/MAP National MED POL coordinator (since 2013)






  Link to COBISS, a Slovenian database containing all my publications