People / current lab members and alumni
Cene Fišer – Assistant Professor, Group LeaderI am studying phenotype diversity and diversification within the subterranean amphipod genus Niphargus. A part of my research is dedicated to the on-going taxonomic revision of the genus, the other part to studying mechanisms underlying its evolutionary radiation.
Peter Trontelj – Professor of Evolutionary BiologyI am interested in the evolution of subterranean biodiversity at the phenotypic as well as the molecular level. Currently, with my PhD students and collaborators, I work on the question of adaptive radiation within extreme environments like caves, and on the processes that drive diversification and speciation in those environments.
Simona Prevorčnik – Assistant ProfessorThe main objects of my taxonomical work are isopod crustaceans from the genera Asellus and Monolistra. I am using morphometry and multivariate statistical tools to study their diversity and mechanisms of speciation.
Rudi Verovnik – Assistant Professor of ZoologyMy main interest in cave organisms is connected with our model organism Asellus aquaticus and its phylogeograpy, speciation and adaptation to the subterranean environment. I am currently working also on the phylogeny and phylogeography of isopods in the genus Monolistra. In addition, I am involved in butterfly studies and conservation at national and European level.
Maja Zagmajster – Assistant Professor of Zoology, ResearcherI am interested in biodiversity, distribution and ecology of subterranean fauna, from the scale of individual sites (caves) to large geographical extents (Dinaric karst, continents). I am updating and managing the SubBio Database. My research is devoted also to ecology and conservation of bats, I am coordinating bat research in the EU Life+ project "Life at Night".
Špela Borko - PhD StudentMy first steps into subterranean biology were via deep caves: I studied how subterranean fauna changes through the karst massif. In my PhD I will analyse evolutionary dynamics of target groups of subterranean crustaceans in the Dinarides. I am also interested in Alpine karst, its speleogenesis and subterranean fauna.
Marko Lukić - PhD StudentI am studying diversity and distribution of cave Collembola in Dinarides, with special interest in morphological and behavioral adaptations to cave environment and in some examples of disjunct distributional patterns. In my PhD research I focus on systematics and biogeography of the disjunctly distributed subgenus Heteromurus (Verhoeffiella). I also work on popularization and conservation of cave fauna within Dinarides (e.g. www.biospeologica-dinarica.org).
Petra Bregović - PhD StudentMy research interest is mainly about subterranean beetles. For the master thesis I worked on distribution and taxonomy of the subterranean beetles of the genera Anthroherpon and Leptomeson in Croatia. Now, as a PhD student I am studying the influence of environmental factors on biodiversity of subterranean beetles in Dinaric karst and trying to understand the variations in body size.
Ajda Moškrič – PhD StudentFor my PhD I am developed nuclear molecular markers to provide a framework for large-scale phylogenetic analysis of the subterranean amphipod genus Niphargus. In combination with morphological evidence, this is enabling us to understand cryptic speciation and adaptive radiation within the genus.
Martin Turjak – PhD Student 2007-2012During his PhD Martin developped a new "Hennigean" method for evaluating taxic synapomorphies on phylogenetic trees (Turjak & Trontelj 2012). He was also working on the SubBio Database and programming the user interface for the online version of the database (read more on the database page).
Jure Jugovic – PhD Student 2005-2010Worked on the taxonomy and morphometrics of the cave shrimp genus Troglocaris.
Špela Gorički - PhD Student 2002–2006Worked on the phylogeography and systematics of the European cave salamander Proteus anguinus.
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