Branka Salopek Sondi
Department of Molecular Biology, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
My research interest lies in plant physiology and molecular biology, with respect to plant bioactive molecules (plant hormones and secondary metabolites) role in plant development and plant stress response. I am senior scientist at Department of Molecular Biology, Head of the Laboratory of Chemical Biology, and mentor of several PhD students. I teach about plant hormones, their role in plant development and potential application, at Interdisciplinary doctoral study Molecular biosciences (MOBI). I am editor-in-chief of Acta Botanica Croatica, traditional Croatian as well as international botanical journal.
Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Italy
My research interest lies in taxonomic and systematic studies on vascular plants, with a special focus on Italian endemics, lilioid bulbous geophytes and carnivorous plants. I am also interested in cytotaxonomy of Italian (and Mediterranean) flora, plant ecology and conservation, and online databasing of karyological and floristic data (see Chrobase.it and Wikiplantbase projects). At my Department, I lead the Systematic Botany research group, I teach about Plant Diversity and Evolution at master degree level and about General and Systematic Botany at bachelor degree.
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skoplje, Macedonia
My research interest is orientated in taxonomy and biogeography of diatoms, as well as use of diatoms in various disciplines. As result of the detailed observations, more than 350 new species were described from all continents (including two species from Croatia). However, the main research is focused on taxonomy of diatoms from the ancient lakes as Ohrid, Prespa, Baikal and Tanganyika. More recently, a large project on scientific deep drilling of Lake Ohrid was initiated, where diatoms are used as main bioindicators of environmental, climatic and limnological evolution of the lake. The research is orientated to explore not only the main geological/climate impacts on the lake biota, but also to follow the morphological evolutionary history and phylogenetic relationships of the family Stephanodiscaceae. I also di have interest in the recent ecology, biomonitoring, and use of diatoms in forensic science.
Department of Biology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
My research interest includes plant vegetation science, as well as plant systematics and flora of Croatia. Currently my focus lies in investigations of macrophyte vegetation and Bryophytes of Croatia. I am an associate professor at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, and I am involved in teaching of several classes at bachelor and master level.