Assist. Prof. Hrvoje Kutnjak, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division for Plant Sciences
Department of Field Crops, Forage and Grassland
Office location: 6th Pavilion, 3rd floor, room number 318
Phone: +385 1 239 3782
Email: hkutnjak ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: Croatian, English
Consultations: Wednesday from 10 to 12 AM

Academic qualifications

  • 2004 - 2010: PhD
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Zagreb (Croatia) "Impact of agroecological factors on vegetation succession of grasslandsin fir-beech forest zone on Medvednica mountain"
  • 1995 - 2001: MS in Biology (Professor of Biology)
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Zagreb (Croatia) “Faunistic diversity of caddisflies (Insecta: Trichoptera) on the area of the Zumberak mountain"

Employment and work experience

  • 2016 - : Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Assistant Professor
    Lecturer on BS and MS programmes: GIS and Natural Resources, Remote Sensing in Landscape Architecture, Grassland Management, Agrophytosociology, Forage Conservation. Research: sustainable forage production systems; use of GIS and RS techniques in agriculture by application of UAV and satellite imagery; grassland research and grazing management optimization; grassland biodiversity, vegetation mapping and plant ecology research.
  • 2013 - 2016: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
    Postdoc - Grantholder
    Land Resource Management Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, JRC, EC, Ispra (Italy) ▪ Collection, preparation and analysis of the global datasets for compilation of the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD). ▪ Scientific, technical and GIS editorial assistance to the WAD editorial core group and contribution to the compilation and editing of the introductory brochure on WAD and presentation at the UNCCD COP12 in Ankara, Turkey. ▪ Analysis of datasets and preparation of LD (Land Degradation) indicators for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) pilot project for 16 countries (UNCCD) for implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), LDN target. ▪ Preparation of methods and case studies for integration of biophysical and socioeconomic variables with land productivity base layers to assess and map land degradation. ▪ Collection and preparation of the global time series datasets of NDVI from SPOT Vegetation for processing and analysis of vegetation phenology and productive variables needed for development of the Land Productivity Dynamics (LPD) map. ▪ Evaluation of the global LPD seed map based on time series of vegetation indices from The Copernicus Global Land Service products.
  • 2004 - 2013:
    Research Assistant
    Assistant on BS and MS programes: GIS and Natural Resources, Remote Sensing in Landscape Architecture, Grassland Management, Agrophytosociology, Forage Conservation. Research: sustainable forage production systems; use of GIS and RS techniques in agriculture by application of UAV and satellite imagery; grassland research and grazing management optimization; grassland biodiversity, vegetation mapping and plant ecology research.

Teaching

Research interests

  • remote sensing, application of satellite and UAV imagery in agriculture, plant ecology, spatial analysis, land degradation and global ecology, conservation biology

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Management planning and restoration of Dinara dry grasslands to save biodiversity and support sustainable development LIFE+ 2019/01/15 - 2023/07/15 partner
Zbrinjavanje mulja kroz proizvodnju energetskih kultura Croatian science foundation 2018/11/01 - 2022/10/31 coordinator
Networking, partnerships and tools to enhance in situ conservation of European plant genetic resources Horizon 2020 2017/11/01 - 2020/07/10 partner
Vrednovanje održivih sustava proizvodnje krme u brdsko-planinskim područjima MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator

expert

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Nacionalni program očuvanja i održive uporabe biljnih genetskih izvora za hranu i poljoprivredu u Republici Hrvatskoj (2017-2020) Suradnja s tijelima uprave 2018/01/31 - 2020/12/31 coordinator

teaching

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Innovative curriculum in smart AGRIculture through SATellite and remote sensing data in SEA Erasmus+ 2021/01/15 - 2024/01/14 partner

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Održiva proizvodnja i evaluacija biomase travnjaka i energetskih kultura u marginalnim ekološkim područjima Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Održiva proizvodnja biomase travnjaka i energetskih kultura u marginalnim ekološkim područjima Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Održiva proizvodnja biomase travnjaka i energetskih kultura u marginalnim ekološkim područjima Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2015/12/31 coordinator

Publications

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