Assoc. Prof. Željka Zgorelec, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Željka Zgorelec, PhD

Associate Professor
Division for Agroecology
Department of General Agronomy
Office location: 6th Pavilion, 1st floor, room No. 118
Phone: +385 1 239 4091
Email: zzgorelec ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: Friday from 9 to 10 am

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
    Agroecology Unit - 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
  • Remediation of contaminated soil
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Geotehnical Engineering PhD study- Environmental engineering

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

  • 2019/05/13 - 2019/05/17: Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem (UJEP) (teaching)
    ERASMUS+, Higher Education Staff mobility for teaching
    Faculty of the Environment, Department of Technical Sciences
  • 2017/05/13 - 2017/05/20: 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
  • 2015/05/10 - 2015/05/16: 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)
  • 2011/09/17 - 2011/09/22: 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
  • 2011/05/12 - 2011/05/17: 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)
  • 2010/07/15 - 2010/07/20: 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)
  • 2006/10/16 - 2006/11/15: 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)
  • 2005/07/03 - 2005/08/01: 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)
  • 2004/10/18 - 2005/01/15: 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 Duration AFZ role
Proizvodnja hrane, biokompozita i biogoriva iz žitarica u kružnom biogospodarstvu Europski fond za regionalni razvoj - program Konkurentnost i Kohezija 2014. - 2020 2019/09/18 - 2023/06/01 partner
Utjecaj otvorenih požara na kvalitetu tla i voda Croatian science foundation 2018/12/01 - 2022/11/30 coordinator
Stanje degradacije šumskih fragmenata u poljoprivrednoj ravnici rijeke Drave od Maribora do Čakovca MZOS 2020/01/30 - 2021/12/31 coordinator
NATO - Science for Peace and Security (SPS Programme) "New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites" NATO - Science for Peace and Security (SPS Programme) 2016/10/06 - 2021/02/01 partner
CLIMMANI - „Climate Change Manipulation Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Networking and Outreach“ COST 2014/04/24 - 2018/04/23 partner
Risk Identification and Land-use Planning for Disaster Mitigation of Landslides and Floods in Croatia SATREPS Program FY2008 (JICA and JST, Japan) 2009/01/01 - 2014/01/01 partner
Gnojidba dušikom prihvatljiva za okoliš MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
ClimMani Climate Change Manipulation Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: Networking and Outreach ESF - The European Science Foundation 2008/06/01 - 2013/05/31 partner
Impact of Tillage and Fertilization on Probable Climate Threats in Hungary and Croatia, Soil Vulnerability and Protection Mađarski nacionalni ured za istraživanje I tehnologiju 2009/01/01 - 2011/01/01 partner
LIFE Third Countries 2005 Project “Development of the Croatian Soil Monitoring Programme with a Pilot Project” LIFE+ 2006/01/01 - 2008/12/31 partner
RECOAL "Reintegration of Coal Ash Disposal Sites and Mitigation of Pollution in the West Balkan Area" EU 6th Framework Program, Project Number: INCO-WBC-1-509173 2005/01/01 - 2007/12/31 partner

expert

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Usluga mjerenja radioaktivnosti za definiranje nultog (postojećeg) stanja na lokaciji Centra za zbrinjavanje radioaktivnog otpada i na području općine Dvor s procjenom doze za pojedinca Fond za financiranje razgradnje i zbrinjavanja radioaktivnog otpada i istrošenoga nuklearnog goriva Nuklearne elektrane Krško 2020/08/19 - 2022/08/19 partner
Izgradnja preduvjeta za primjenu viših razina metodologije Međuvladinog tijela o klimatskim promjenama (IPCC-a) u izračunu odliva/emisija stakleničkih plinova u sektoru Korištenja zemljišta, prenamjene zemljišta i šumarstva (LULUCF 3) EKONERG - institut za energetiku i zaštitu okoliša, d.o.o. 2020/06/15 - 2021/06/15 partner
Monitoring okoliša na pogonu Molve, CPS III-2020 Other 2020/01/01 - 2020/12/15 coordinator
Trajno motrenje ekosustava okoliša CPS Molve-2019 Other 2019/01/01 - 2019/12/15 coordinator
Praćenje onečišćenja procijednih voda u 1. zoni zaštite vodocrpilišta Mala Mlaka u cilju provedbe Programa mjera sanacije unutar zona sanitarne zaštite izvorišta za postojeće građevine i postojeće djelatnosti za razdoblje 2016.-2019. Grad Zagreb 2017/01/01 - 2019/01/01 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2018. godini Other 2018/07/06 - 2018/12/31 coordinator
Trajno motrenje ekosustava okoliša CPS Molve-2018 Other 2018/01/01 - 2018/12/15 coordinator
Postavljanje poljskog pokusa s ciljem istraživanja učinkovitosti naručiteljevih proizvoda u poljoprivredi Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2014/06/01 - 2018/06/01 coordinator
Održive mjere gospodarenje tlom u ekološkoj poljoprivredi za klimatske uvjete mediteranske poljoprivrede Ministarstvo poljoprivrede 2016/01/01 - 2018/01/01 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2017. godini Other 2017/07/03 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Trajno motrenje ekosustava okoliša CPS Molve-2017 Other 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/15 coordinator
Monitoring poljoprivrednih tala i šumskog ekosusutava na području CPS Molve Suradnja s tijelima uprave 2016/12/07 - 2017/12/15 coordinator
Gospodarenje tlom i klimatske promjene Suradnja s tijelima uprave 2015/12/11 - 2017/04/30 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2016. godini Other 2016/07/06 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Monitoring poljoprivrednih tala na području CPS Molve Other 2015/12/08 - 2016/12/15 coordinator
Istraživanje učinkovitosti fosfornih i kalijevih gnojiva u poljoprivredi_Moslavka d.d. Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2012/10/16 - 2016/10/16 coordinator
Istraživanje učinkovitosti fosfornih i kalijevih gnojiva u poljoprivredi_PIK Vinkovci d.d. Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2012/09/28 - 2016/09/28 coordinator
Istraživanje učinkovitosti fosfornih i kalijevih gnojiva u poljoprivredi_Vupik Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2012/09/28 - 2016/09/28 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2015. godini Other 2015/06/29 - 2015/12/31 coordinator
Istraživanje utjecaja gnojidbe dušikom u različitim vremenima primjene kao i u različitim količinama na prinos_Vupik Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2013/12/17 - 2015/12/31 coordinator
Istraživanje utjecaja gnojidbe dušikom u različitim vremenima primjene kao i u različitim količinama na prinos_PIK Vinkovci Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2013/10/08 - 2015/12/31 coordinator
Istraživanje utjecaja gnojidbe dušikom u različitim vremenima primjene kao i u različitim količinama na prinos_Belje Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2013/10/03 - 2015/12/31 coordinator
Monitoring poljoprivrednih tala na području CPS Molve Other 2015/01/30 - 2015/12/15 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2014. godini Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2014/09/01 - 2014/12/31 coordinator
Monitoring poljoprivrednih tala na području utjecaja CPS Molve Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2014/01/08 - 2014/12/31 coordinator
Utjecaj različitih načina korištenja tla na klimatske promjene Suradnja s tijelima uprave 2011/07/11 - 2014/12/31 coordinator
Usluga izrade eleborata nultog stanja područja objekata za preradu plina Molve i EP Žutica i područja objekata frakcionacije Ivanić Grad i EP Ivanić Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2014/05/22 - 2014/09/22 coordinator
Monitoring vode iz drenskih cijevi u 2013. godini Suradnja s gospodarstvom 2013/07/13 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Izrada poluautomatske kružne traktorske sonde za mehaničko i precizno uzrokovanje tla Poslovno-inovacijski centrar Hrvatske – Bicro d.o.o. i Sveučilište u Zagrebu (Ured za transfer tehnologije) 2011/01/01 - 2012/01/01 partner

teaching

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Internationalizing CASEE network by introducing innovative mobility activities and defining quality criteria Other 2016/01/07 - 2018/01/06 partner

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Koncentracije Pt, Pd i Rh u zraku, tlu i vegetaciji grada Zagreba Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2018/01/01 - 2018/12/31 coordinator
Hiperspektralno snimanje kukuruza u svrhu procjene sadržaja ukupnog dušika i prinosa na razini lista i pokrova Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Bioremedijacija tla konopljom pri različitoj reakciji tla Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator

Publications

Other professional activities

  • 2002 - 2020: scientific and professional training
    - completed 67 scientific and professional trainings, education, courses, seminars, schools, forums, workshops
  • 2006 - 2006: Croatian Society of Soil Science
    Mihivil Gračanin Award to the best young researchers
  • 2009 - 2009: University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    Award for Scientific Excellence to the young scientists
  • 2002 - 2021: 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
  • 2016 - 2020: Member of
    Editorial board of ACS (Section Editor Agroecology)

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