Department of biology and inland waters protection

Department of biology and inland waters protection

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The group for ichthyology and applied aquaculture within the Department of Environmental Science became the Department of Biology and Protection of Inland Waters in 2018. The scientific research team of the Department deals with the characterization of the state of aquatic ecosystems, fish populations in inland waters of Serbia, examination of parameters and possibilities of using freshwater organisms as indicators of the state of aquatic ecosystems, applying different methods.

Research in the Department is carried out by a team consisting of two principal research fellows, five senior research associates, four research associates and two research assistants.

Researchers from the Department of Biology and Inland Waters Protection provide services for the development of the Fisheries Management Program, monitoring of the fish stock and surface water program, environmental impact studies, as well as the development of various expertise in the field of ichthyology.

  1. Nikolić, D., Skorić, S., Poleksić, V., Rašković, B. (2021). Sex-specific elemental accumulation and histopathology of pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) from Garaši reservoir (Serbia) with human health risk assessment. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 1007/s11356-021-14526-w
  2. Nikolić, D., Skorić, S., Janković, S., Hegediš, A., Đikanović, V. (2021). Age-specific accumulation of toxic metal(loid)s in northern pike (Esox lucius) juveniles. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 193(4)
  3. Lenhardt, M., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Spasić, S., Honţ, Ş., Paraschiv, M., Iani, M., Nikčević, M., Klimley, P., Suciu, R. (2021). Seasonal changes in depth position and temperature of European catfish (Silurus glanis) tracked by acoustic telemetry in the Danube River. International Review of Hydrobiology, DOI: 1002/iroh.202002049.
  4. Lenhardt, M., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Hegediš, A., Skorić, S., Cvijanović, G., Višnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Đikanović, V., Jovičić, K., Jaćimović, M., Jarić, I. (2020). Human Impacts on Fish Fauna in the Danube River in Serbia: Current Status and Ecological Implications, In: Bănăduc D., Curtean-Bănăduc A., Pedrotti F., Cianfaglione K., Akeroyd J. (eds) Human Impact on Danube Watershed Biodiversity in the XXI Century. Geobotany Studies (Basics, Methods and Case Studies), pp. 257-279. Springer, Cham.
  5. Nikolić, D., Skorić, S., Rašković, B., Lenhardt, M., Krpo-Ćetković, J. (2020). Impact of reservoir properties on elemental accumulation and histopathology of European perch (Perca fluviatilis). Chemosphere, 244: 125503.
  6. Nikolić, D., Skorić, S., Lenhardt, M., Hegediš, A., Jasmina Krpo-Ćetković, J. (2020). Risk assessment of using fish from different types of reservoirs as human food – A study on European perch (Perca fluviatilis). Environmental Pollution, 257: 113586.
  7. Jaćimović, M., Lenhardt, M., Krpo-Ćetković, J., Jarić, I., Gačić, Z., Hegediš, A. (2019). Boom‐bust like dynamics of invasive black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) in Lake Sava (Serbia). Fisheries Management and Ecology, 26(2): 153-164.
  8. Horvatić, S., Malavasi, S., Parmentier, E., Marčić, Z., Buj, I., Mustafić, P., Ćaleta, M., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Skorić, S., Zanella, D. (2019). Acoustic communication during reproduction in the basal gobioid Amur sleeper and the putative sound production mechanism. Journal of Zoology, 309(4): 269-279.
  9. Krpo-Ćetković, J., Subotić, S., Skorić, S., Ćirović, D. (2019). Diet of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) on the River Gradac, Serbia: Predation in a brown trout-dominated stream. Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(2): 282-291.
  10. Smederevac-Lalić, M., Regner, S., Lenhardt, M., Nikolić, D., Cvijanović, G., Jaćimović, M., Hegediš, A. (2019). Review of allochthonous fish species with the marine origin in Serbian freshwater system. Studia Marina, 32 (1): 33-46.
  11. Đikanović, V., Skorić, S., Cvijanović, G., Nikolić, D., Jaćimović, M., Nikčević, M., Mićković, B. (2019). Biometry and diet of Perccottus glenii Dybowski, 1877 found in stagnant water nearby Veliko Gradište (Northeastern Serbia). International Conference Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro 2019. Kotor, Montenegro, 07-10. April, 2019, Book of Abstracts: pp. 110.
  12. Hegediš, A., Simonović, P., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Skorić, S., Višnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Jaćimović, M., Jovičić, K., Lenhardt, M., Mićković, B., Nikčević, M., Gačić, Z., Nikolić, V., Tošić, A., Škraba Jurlina, D., Kanjuh, T., Regner S. (2018). Different aspects of sustainable use of fish resources in serbia for the period 2006-2017. VIII International conference “Water & Fish” – Conference Proceedings, 51-57.
  13. Nikolić D., Skorić S., Cvijanović G., Jaćimović M., Jovičić K., Hegediš A., Krpo-Ćetković J. (2018). Assessment of fish species diversity and water quality in five reservoirs in Serbia based on the Shannon’s diversity index. VIII International conference “Water & Fish” – Conference Proceedings, 226-231.
  14. Jaćimović, M., Krpo-Ćetković, J., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Lenhardt, M., Nikolić, D., Hegediš, A. (2018). Assessment of the fyke-nets selectivity during black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) population research in Sava Lake. VIII International conference “Water & Fish” – Conference Proceedings, 197-201.
  15. Jaćimović, M., Krpo-Ćetković, J., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Lenhardt M., Hegediš A. (2018). Health status of the black bullhead population (Ameiurus melas) in Sava Lake. VIII International conference “Water & Fish” – Conference Proceedings, 175-181.
  16. Rašković, B., Poleksić, V., Skorić, S., Jovičić, K., Spasić, S., Hegediš, A., Vasić, N., Lenhardt, M. (2018). Effects of mine tailing and mixed contamination on metals, trace elements accumulation and histopathology of the chub (Squalius cephalus) tissues: Evidence from three differently contaminated sites in Serbia. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 153: 238-247.
  17. Jarić, I., Bronzi, P., Cvijanović, G., Lenhardt, M., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Gessner, J. (2018). Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) in Europe: an aquaculture species and a potential invader. Journal of Applied Ichthyology doi:10.1111/jai.13672 (in press)
  18. Jovanović, J., Kolarević, S., Milošković, A., Radojković, N., Simić, V., Dojčinović, B., Kračun-Kolarević, M., Paunović, M., Kostić, J., Sunjog, K., Timilijić, J., Djordjević, J., Gačić, Z., Žegura, B., Vuković-Gačić B. (2018). Evaluation of genotoxic potential in the Velika Morava River Basin in vitro and in situ. Science of The Total Environment, 621: 1289-1299.
  19. Hribšek, I., Jovičić, K., Karadžić, B., Skorić, S. (2017). Allocation of metals and trace elements in different tissues of piscivorous species Phalacrocorax carbo. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 73(4): 533-541.
  20. Skorić, S., Mićković, B., Nikolić, D., Hegediš, A., Cvijanović, G. (2017). A Weight-length relationship of the Amur Sleeper (Perccottus glenii Dybowski, 1877) (Odontobutidae) in the Danube River drainage canal, Serbia. Acta zoological Bulgarica, Suppl. 9: 155-159.
  21. Lenhardt, M., Pekarik, L., Skorić, S., Smederevac-Lalić, M., Hegediš, A., Jaćimović, M., Djikanović, V. (2017). Influence of the twilight period and different sampling methods on catch of gobiids (Gobiidae) at four locations in the inshore parts of the Danube River. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 9: 225-229.
  22. Smederevac-Lalić, M., Kalauzi, A., Regner, S., Lenhardt, M., Naunović, Z., Hegediš, A. (2017). Prediction of fish catch in the Danube River based on long-term variability in environmental parameters and catch statistics. Science of the Total Environment 609: 664-671.
  23. Kostić, J., Kolarević, S., Kračun-Kolarević, M., Aborgiba, M., Gačić, Z., Paunović, M., Višnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Rašković, B., Poleksić, V., Lenhardt, M., Vuković-Gačić, B. (2017). The impact of multiple stressors on the biomarkers response in gills and liver of freshwater breams during different seasons. Science of the Total Environment 601: 1670-1681.
  24. Nikčević, M., Skorić, S., Cvijanović, G., Hegediš, A., Mićković, B. (2016). First record of smoltified rainbrow trout Oncorhyncus mykiss (Walbaum, 1972), in the main riverbed of Serbian part of the Danube river. Journal of applied ichthyology, 32 (6): 1235-1236.
  25. Sunjog, K., Kolarević, S., Kračun-Kolarević, M., Višnjic-Jeftić, Ž., Skorić, S., Gačić, Z., Lenhardt, M., Vasić, N., Vuković-Gačić, B. (2016). Assessment of status of three water bodies in Serbia based on tissue metal and metalloid concentration (ICP-OES) and genotoxicity (comet assay). Environmetal Pollution 213: 600-607.
  26. Lenhardt, M., Navodaru, I., Vassilev, M., Kalauzi, A., Regner, S., Višnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Tošić, K., Smederevac-Lalić, M. (2016). Model of the Pontic shad Alosa immaculata (Bennet, 1835) and anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus (Linnaeus, 1758) catch in the Danube River and Black Sea for the period 1920-2008. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 68 (4): 557-561.
  27. Smederevac-Lalić, M., Skorić, S., Visnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Djikanović, V., Mićković, B. (2015). Growth and weight-length relationship of burbot Lota lota (L.) (Lotidae) in the Danube River at Backa Palanka (Serbia). Acta zoological Bulgarica, 67(1): 97-103.
  28. Rašković, B., Poleksić, V., Višnjić –Jeftić, Ž., Skorić, S., Gačić, Z., Djikanović, V., Jarić, I., Lenhardt, M. (2015). Use of Histopathology and Elemental Accumulation in Different Organs of Two Benthophagous Fish Species as Indicators of River Pollution. Environmental Toxicology, 30(10): 1153-1161.
  29. Jovičić, K., Nikolić, M.D., Višnjić-Jeftić, Ž., Đikanović, V., Skorić, S., Stefanović, M.S., Lenhardt, M., Hegediš, A., Krpo – Ćetković, J., Jarić, I. (2015). Mapping differential elemental accumulation in fish tissues: assessment of metal and trace element concentrations in wels catfish (Silurus glanis) from the Danube River by ICP-MS. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22(5): 3820-3827.
  30. Jarić, I., Jaćimović, M., Cvijanović, G., Knežević-Jarić, J., Lenhardt, M. (2015). Demographic flexibility influences colonization success: profiling invasive fish species in the Danube River by the use of population models. Biological Invasions, 17: 219-229.
  • The European Network for Environmental Citizenship (COST Action CA16229)
  • The European Aquatic Animal Tracking Network (COST Action CA18102)
  • Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (COST Action 17122)
  • Mass removal of the black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) – Possibilities for self-sustaining commercial farming in Serbia (2nd Rufford Small Grant, ID: 31053-2)
  • EU for Serbia - Continued implementation of Chapter 27 in the field of nature protection NATURA 2000 (EuropeAid, ID: 139336)
  • Managing and restoring aquatic ecological corridors for migratory fish species in the Danube River Basin (MEASURES)
  • Comparative ecology of selected invasive fish species in Slovakia and Serbia in respect with climat change and human disturbance
  • Facilitating Fish Migration and Conservation at the Iron Gates (WE PASS)
  • European Commision, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency       Project No 101093985 - Restoration of the Danube river basin waters for Ecosystems and People from Mountains to Coast – DANUBE4All

The team members create:

  • Fisheries Management Programs
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Studies
  • Monitoring programs of the fish fund and inland waters

The team members also provide expertise in fish fund management.