University of Belgrade - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research

Nina Nikolić

PhD in Agricultural sciences

Research Professor

Address: Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade

Research area

I study processes of  spontaneous restoration on marginal lands, in particular on those degraded by industrial activities. The aim of my research is to bring closer together vegetation ecology and plant nutrition (e.g. functional traits and ecophysiological adaptations to mineral stresses, from individual species to vegetation level), in a search for general principles of importance for the efficient and “greener” management of degraded ecosystems.

  • Biography
  • Projects
  • Selected publications

1.Work experience:

  • 2019-present: Research Associate Professor, University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research.
  • 2014-2019: Research Assistant Professor, University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research.
  •  2005-2014: Research Assistant, University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research.
  • 2003-2005: Research Associate, University of Hohenheim (Germany), Institute for Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics.
  • 2003-2007: Senior research fellow, University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research.
  • 1999-2000: Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade.University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture.


  • 2013: PhD (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Ecology), University of Hohenheim.
  • 2002: MSc in Agricultural Sciences, Food Security and Natural Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim.
  • 1998: Graduate engineer degree (B.Sc. with honours) in Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture.

3.Awards and certificates:

  • IAESTE internship grant, Sementes Agroceres – Monsanto in Brazil (1996).
  • DAAD (Germany) award for the best foreign student at the University of Hohenheim (2001).
  • Student scholarships, Richard Winter Foundation and DAAD-Hohenheim University (2001-2002).
  • Research scholarship of the Eiselen Foundation (Germany) for research work in Vietnam (2002).
  • Hans Ruthenberg award of the Eiselen Foundation (Germany) for the M.Sc. thesis (2003)

4.Other professional activities:

Editorial and Reviewer’s activity (journals, books, projects):

  • Editorial Board member of the scientific journal The University Thought – Publication in Natural Sciences (2019-present).
  • External reviewer for the following international scientific journals: Environmental Monitoring and Assesment (IF 1.687), Geoderma (IF 4.036), Applied Microbiology and Biothechnology (IF 3.420), Science of the Total Environment (IF 4.90),  Pedosphere (IF 1.734), Frontiers in Plant Science – Functional Plant Ecology (IF 3.667), Plant and Soil (IF 3.306), Land Degradation and Development (IF 7.290).



  • “Plant Adaptations to Mineral Stress on Marginal Agricultural Soils (ON-173028)”; funded by Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development; total budget: about 90,000 EUR yearly; duration 2011-2019.
  • “Mechanisms of Silicon-mediated Plant Adaptations to Abiotic Stress”, exchange project between Serbia and China; co-funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development; duration 2012-2013.
  • “Rhizosphere Interactions and Functional Adaptive Mechanisms During Spontaneous Re-vegetation of Mining-Waste Degraded Soil (153002)”; funded by the Serbian Ministry of Science; duration 2008-2010.
  • “Photochemical, photocatalytical and microbial decomposition of organic pollutants in soil and waters”  funded by the Serbian Ministry for Science and Environmental Protection (grant # TP-6923B): duration: 2005-2008.
  • “Ecological assessment of barren hills using vegetation classification for subsequent rehabilitation strategies” subproject of the “Sustainable land use and rural development in mountainous regions of Southeast Asia”project financed by the German Research Foundation (#SFB 564 grant to Prof. Rainer Schultze-Kraft and Prof. Reinhard Böcker from the Hohenheim University, Germany); duration: 2003-2005;
  1. Nikolic N., Kostic L., Nikolic M. 2018. To dam, or not do dam? Abolishment of further flooding impedes the natural revegetation processes after long-term fluvial deposition of copper tailings. Land Degradation and Development 29: 1915-1924.
  2. Nikolic N., Böcker R., Nikolic M. 2016. Long-term passive restoration following fluvial deposition of sulphidic copper tailings: nature filters out the solutions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23: 13672-13680.
  3. Nikolic M., Nikolic N., Kostic L., Pavlovic J., Bosnic P., Stevic N., Savic J., Hristov N. 2016. The assessment of soil availability and wheat grain status of zinc and iron in Serbia: Implications for human nutrition. Science of the Total Environment 553: 141-148.
  4. Kostic L., Nikolic N., Samardzic J., Milisavljevic M., Maksimovic V., Cakmak D., Manojlovic D., Nikolic M. 2015. Liming of anthropogenically acidified soil promotes phosphorus acquisition in the rhizosphere of wheat. Biology and Fertility of Soils 51: 289-298.
  5. Nikolic N., Böcker R., Kostic-Kravljanac L., Nikolic M. 2014. Assembly processes under severe abiotic filtering: adaptation mechanisms of weed vegetation to the gradient of soil constraints. PLOS ONE 9: e114290.
  6. Nikolic N., Nikolic M. 2012. Gradient analysis reveals a copper paradox on floodplain soils under long-term pollution by mining waste. Science of the Total Environment 425: 146-154.
  7. Nikolic N., Kostic Lj., Djordjevic A., Nikolic M. 2011. Phosphorus deficiency is the major limiting factor for wheat on alluvium polluted by the copper mine pyrite tailings: a black box approach. Plant and Soil 339: 485-498.
  8. Nikolic N., Schultze-Kraft R., Nikolic M., Böcker R., Holz I. 2008. Land degradation on barren hills: a case study in Northwest Vietnam. Environmental Management 42: 19-36.
  9. Nikolic M., Nikolic N., Liang Y., Kirkby E.A., Römheld V. 2007. Germanium-68 as an adequate tracer for silicon transport in plants. Characterization of silicon uptake in different crop species. Plant Physiology 143: 495-503.