University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Assoc. Prof. Željka Zgorelec, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Željka Zgorelec, PhD

Department of General Agronomy
Office location: 1st Pavilion, 1st floor, room No. 118
phone: +385 1 239 4091
e-mail: zzgorelec ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: friday from 9am to 10am

Academic qualifications

  • 2006 - 2009: Ph.D.
    "Phytoaccumulation of Metals and Metalloids from Soil Polluted by Coal Ash"
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture in cooperation with
    University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
    PhD in Biotechnology science, field: Agriculture, branche: Ecology and environment protection
  • 2002 - 2006: M.sc.
    "Influence of Plant Cover and Fertilization on Nitrogen Losses from Soil through drainpipe water"
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology in cooperation with
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    M.Sc. in Natural science, field: Chemistry, branche: Analytical chemistry
  • 2002 - 2006: dipl.chem.ing.
    "Seasonal variation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) measured in different size particulate mater in air"
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology in cooperation with
    Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
    Dipl.ing. in Natural science, field: Chemistry, branch: Environmental protection engineering
  • 1991 - 1995: Gymnasium/High school
    Mathematical Informatics Gymnasium (XV., MIOC), Zagreb

Employment and work experience

  • 2002 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Department of General Agronomy

Teaching

Teaching outside the AGR

  • Sustainable soil management
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Postgraduate Specialist Study Ekoengineering

Research interests

  • Agroecology
  • Soil degradation and protection
  • Environmental analytics (soil, water, plant)
  • Instrumental analytical methods (methods validation)
  • phytoremediation/phytoaccumulation of trace elements from contaminated and natural soils
  • biogeochemistry of carbon and nitrogen, soil and climate change

Training and research experience

  • 13. 05. 2017. - 20. 05. 2017.: Institute of Soil Science, Agrotechnology and Plant Protection „Nikola Poushkarov“ (ISS-NP), Department of Soil Chemistry and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Biology, Sofia, Bulgaria (scientific)
    ERASMUS+, Higher Education Staff mobility training
  • 10. 05. 2015. - 16. 05. 2015.: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    ERASMUS+, Higher Education Staff mobility training
    Department of Forest and Soil Sciences in group for Rhizosphere Ecology and Biogeochemistry (leader of the group: Prof.dr.sc. Walter W. Wenzel)
  • 17. 09. 2011. - 22. 09. 2011.: College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), Institute of Agribusiness, Valletta, Malta (teaching)
    - undergraduate teaching (guest lecturer, 30 hours) on block course "Principles of Ecology" organized by the Fraunhofer IAO and WIFI (Institute for Business Improvement) in the framework of interuniversity cooperation and exchange of teachers and teaching experience
    - course development: "Sustainable Land Use" and "Principles of Ecology" (Agribusiness Top-Up Degree courses) at Bs study Animal Management
  • 12. 05. 2011. - 17. 05. 2011.: Institute of Crop Production Science Szent Istvan University & Research Institute of Debrecen University (scientific)
    Trening within bilateral project: “Impact of tillage and fertilization on probable climate threats in Hungary and Croatia, soil vulnerability and protection”(prof.dr.sc. Marta Birkas)
  • 15. 07. 2010. - 20. 07. 2010.: Institute of Crop Production Science Szent Istvan University & Research Institute of Debrecen University (scientific)
    Trening within bilateral project: “Impact of tillage and fertilization on probable climate threats in Hungary and Croatia, soil vulnerability and protection”(prof.dr.sc. Marta Birkas)
  • 16. 10. 2006. - 15. 11. 2006.: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    - scientific and research stay, dissertation work within International interdisciplinary RECOAL Project financed by European Commission (FP6) at Department of Forest and Soil Sciences in group for Rhizosphere Ecology and Biogeochemistry (leader of the group: Prof.dr.sc. Walter W. Wenzel)
  • 03. 07. 2005. - 01. 08. 2005.: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    - scientific and research stay, dissertation work within International interdisciplinary RECOAL Project financed by European Commission (FP6) at Department of Forest and Soil Sciences in group for Rhizosphere Ecology and Biogeochemistry (leader of the group: Prof.dr.sc. Walter W. Wenzel)
  • 18. 10. 2004. - 15. 01. 2005.: Univerzitätu Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (mixed)
    Within the TEMPUS project «Reform of Agriculture Studies in Croatia» participated and finished two block modules which are part of the International Master's Degree Program (MSc): «Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production» (ENVIROFOOD): 1.M7112-Water and Soil as Resources-Prof. Köller 2.M5103-Air Pollution and Air Pollution Control-Prof. Fangmeier

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Climate Change Manipulation Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Networking and Outreach COST in progress
Hiperspektralno snimanje kukuruza u svrhu procjene sadržaja ukupnog dušika i prinosa na razini lista i pokrova Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Bioremedijacija tla konopljom pri različitoj reakciji tla Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Gnojidba dušikom prihvatljiva za okoliš MZOS finished

expert

Title Funding Status
Gospodarenje tlom i klimatske promjene Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished
Utjecaj različitih načina korištenja tla na klimatske promjene Suradnja s tijelima uprave finished

teaching

Title Funding Status
Internationalizing CASEE network by introducing innovative mobility activities and defining quality criteria Other in progress

Publications

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/270772?w_mentor=1

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.hr/citations?user=jz-fP1UAAAAJ&hl=en

Other professional activities

  • 2016 - 2020: Member of
    Editorial board of ACS (Section Editor Agroecology)
  • 2009 - 2009: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Award for Scientific Excellence to the young scientists
  • 2006 - 2006: Croatian Society of Soil Science
    Mihivil Gračanin Award to the best young researchers
  • 2002 - 2017: scientific and professional training
    - finished more than 45 professional educations (workshops, courses, seminars, schools)
  • 2002 - 2017: Member of
    Croatian Society of Soil Science (CSSS)
    Society of DI of Chemical engineering or Almae Matris Alumni Chemicae Ingeniariae Zagrabiensis (AMACIZ)
    Croatian Air Pollution Prevention Association (HUZZ)
    The Society of Croatian Laboratories (CROLAB), vice president of the Section for Environment
    PDNZ - Mountaineering Association "Novi Zagreb"
  • 2002 - 2017: Head of the
    Department Analytical Laboratory