Assoc. Prof. Ante Žuljević, PhD


Laboratory for Benthos, Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Split, Croatia

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Assoc. Prof. Ante Žuljević, Ph.D., is marine botanist but his work covers different aspects of marine biology. His primary focus is on biology, ecology and monitoring of native and alien seaweeds and seagrasses. For a several years he was in charge for the management of the invasive Caulerpa species in the protected areas. Nowadays he is in charge for the implementation of MSFD D1 and D2 (Marine Strategy Framework Directive, biodiversity and non-indigenous species) and WFD (Water Framework Directive - seaweed and seagrass biological elements) in Croatia. Recently he discovered the only freshwater coralline algae and explained its ancient biological invasion from marine to freshwater biom. He is teaching Biological Invasion class at the University of Split and part of Marine Botany class at the University of Primorska . He use his SCUBA underwater experience as scientists, photographer and videographer, for a public awareness on wide scale of biodiversity problems in marine ecosystems. He was several times awarded for his documentary films and web sites.

Invited talk title

Bioinvasion by Caulerpa species


Caulerpa species are probably the most notorious invasive seaweed worldwide. Some of them like Caulerpa taxifolia are among the most scientifically investigated marine aliens and publicly widely known. The lecture “Bioinvasion by Caulerpa species” will cover biology, ecology, consequences of spreading, control and management of Caulerpa taxifolia and Caulerpa cylindracea in the Mediterranean Sea including the latest information from the research laboratories and filed monitoring. Among the other subtopics, I will talk about my personal research on highly synchronized sexual reproduction in Caulerpa species and Mediterranean sea slugs (sacoglossans) which by feeding on the Caulerpa species, benefit algal vegetative reproduction which is unique predator-prey system in the sea.


  • Ph.D. –University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Croatia, 2012. Genus Caulerpa (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta) in the Adriatic Sea.

Adjunct appointments

  • University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology, Slovenia

Classes taught

  • Marine Botany

Selected references

Cvitković, Ivan; Despalatović, Marija; Žuljević Ante; Matijević Slavica; Bogner, Danijela; Lušić, Jelena; Travizi, Ana. Structure of epibiontic and sediment meiofauna in the area invaded by invasive alga Caulerpa taxifolia. Marine biology. 164 (2017) , 4; 1-15.

Žuljević, Ante; Kaleb, Sara; Pena, Viviana; Despalatović, Marija; Cvitković, Ivan; Clerck, Oliver De; Falace, Analisa; Vita, Francesca; Braga, Juan C.; Antolić, Boris. First freshwater coralline alga and the role of local features in a major biome transition. Scientific Reports. 6 (2016) ; 19642-1-19642-12.

Žuljević, Ante; Peters, Akira F.; Nikolić, Vedran; Antolić, Boris; Despalatović, Marija; Cvitković, Ivan; Isajlović, Igor; Mihanović, Hrvoje; Matijević, Slavica; Shewring, Dawn M.; Canese, Simonepietro; Katsaros, Christos; Küpper, Frithjof C. The Mediterranean deep-water kelp Laminaria rodriguezii is an endangered species in the Adriatic Sea. Marine biology. 163 (2016) , 4; 69-1-69-12.

Kyle, Fletcher; Ante, Žuljević; Amerssa, Tsirigoti; Boris, Antolić; Christos, Katsaros; Vedran, Nikolić; Pieter, van West; Frithjof, C. Küpper. New record and phylogenetic affinities of the oomycete Olpidiopsis feldmanni infecting Asparagopsis sp. (Rhodophyta). Diseases of aquatic organisms. 117 (2015) ; 45-57.

Matijević, Slavica; Bogner, Danijela; Bojanić, Natalia; Žuljević, Ante; Despalatović, Marija; Antolić, Boris; Nikolić, Vedran; Bilić, Jadranka. Biogeochemical characteristics of sediments under the canopy of invasive alga Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea (Pelješac Peninsula, Adriatic Sea). Fresenius environmental bulletin. 22 (2013) , 10a; 3030-3040.