Assoc. Prof. Ivana Vitasović Kosić, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Ivana Vitasović Kosić, PhD

Associate Professor
Division for Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Department of Agricultural Botany
Office location: 1st Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Phone: +385 1 239 3808
Email: ivitasovic ( at )
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: tuesday from 10am til 11 am

Academic qualifications

  • 2008 - 2011: PhD in ecology and environmental protection
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    "Grasslands of Scorzonero-Chrysopogonetalia on Ćićarija moutain: Flora, Vegetation and Feed Value"
      doctoral thesis.
  • 2003 - 2006: mr. sc. biology and ecology
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    "Grassland Flora on Family Farms in Istria"
    master's thesis
  • 1996 - 2001: mag. ing. prosp.arch.
    University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    "Investigation of the value, reasons of occurrence, the manner of use and the possibility of renovation of Maksimir Park"
    graduate thesis

Employment and work experience

  • 2002 - : University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
    2016 - current Associate Professor
    2011-2016 Senior Assistant
    2009-2011 assistant
    2003-2009 young researcher
    2002-2003 associate in teaching


Research interests

  • Botany floristic and vegetation research,
  • Ecology and environmental protection,
  • Ethnobotany and ethnoecology
  • Feed value of grassland
  • Geobotany and using GIS technology (GIS, GPS and RS) and fotointerpretation

Training and research experience

  • 2017/09/18 - 2017/09/22: University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biology (scientific)
  • 2016/01/25 - 2016/01/29: University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biology (scientific)
  • 2015/04/20 - 2015/04/25: University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biology (scientific)
    University of Maribor
  • 2014/10/06 - 2014/10/06: Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, (teaching)
  • 2010/02/07 - 2010/02/20: University of Camerino, SARF of Environmental science, Department of Environmental and Natural Science. (scientific)
    Training in the field of vegetation ecology. Academic Mobility.
  • 2006/03/13 - 2006/03/25: Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Biological Institute "Jovan Hadži". (scientific)
    scholarships to the HAZU and SAZU.
  • 2004/06/27 - 2004/07/10: BKAE University, Faculty of Horticultural Sciences, Department of Botany (and Botanical Garden). (expert)



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Utjecaj otvorenih požara na kvalitetu tla i voda Croatian science foundation 2018/12/01 - 2022/11/30 coordinator
Biljna raznolikost i hranidbena vrijednosti ovčjih pašnjaka jadranskog područja MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2011/12/01 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Uspostavljanje kolekcije kultiviranih biljaka u Herbariju ZAGR Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Digitalizacija građe herbarijske zbirke ZAGR Agronomskog fakulteta u Zagrebu Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator


  • Vitasović Kosić, I., Juračak, J. & Łuczaj, Ł. (2017) Using Ellenberg-Pignatti values to estimate habitat preferences of wild food and medicinal plants: an example from northeastern Istria (Croatia). Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 13 (31), -. doi:10.1186/s13002-017-0159-6.
  • Katija Dolina, Marija Jug-Dujaković, Łukasz Łuczaj & Ivana Vitasović-Kosić (2016) A century of changes in wild food plant use in coastal Croatia : the example of Krk and Poljica. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, 85 (3), 3508-3529. doi:10.5586/asbp.3508.
  • Vukojević, M., Vitasović Kosić, I., Alegro, A., Lakušić, D. & Bogdanović, S. (2016) Cardamine fialae Fritsch (Brassicaceae) a new species in Croatian flora. Acta botanica Croatica, 75 (2), 213-216. doi:10.1515/botcro-2016-0033.
  • Vitasović Kosić, I., Tardella, F., Grbeša, D., Škvorc, Ž. & Catorci, A. (2014) Effects of abandonment on the functional composition and forage nutritive value of a North Adriatic dry grassland community (Ćićarija, Croatia). Applied ecology and Environmental Research, 12 (1), 285-299.
  • Catorci, A., Ottaviani, G., Vitasović Kosić, I. & Cesaretti, S. (2012) Effect of spatial and temporal patterns of stress and disturbance intensities in a sub-Mediterranean grassland. Plant biosystems, 146 (2), 352-367. doi:10.1080/11263504.2011.623192.
  • Vitasović Kosić, I., Tardella, F., Ruščić, M. & Catorci, A. (2011) Assessment of floristic diversity, functional composition and management strategy of North adriatic pastoral landscape (Croatia). Polish journal of ecology, 59 (4), 765-776.

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