Prof. Lovrenc Lipej, PhD


Marine Biology Station, National Institute of Biology of Slovenia

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Prof. Lipej is involved in the research of biodiversity in Slovenian coastal waters. He started his scientific career as a zooplanktologist with special regard to microzooplankton and tintinnids. He focus his research interest to the feeding habits of marine cladoceran Penilia avirostris. Since 1997 he iss dedicated to studies related to marine biodiversity of Slovenia with emphasis to marine fauna and habitat types. His faunistic efforts are focused to the study of coastal ichthyofauna and to research related to the processes of bioinvasion and tropicalisation. Lately, his scientific interests are devoted to the research of Mediterranean stony coral in the Slovenian sea and the Velo jezero (Mljet, Croatia). He included the nondestructive methods in the regular monitoring and research of marine biodiversity of Slovenian sea.

Invited talk title

Recent changes in the biodiversity of Mediterranean: experiences from the Slovenian part of the Adriatic Sea.


The gulf of Trieste is considered as a cradle of the marine biology and other oceanographic sciences, where the first organized scientific researches were performed. From this point of view this area could be considered as one of the most investigated areas. This might be true from the point of long term, almost two hundred years long research on the marine biodiversity. However, new discoveries are pointing out the fact that marine biodiversity is facing substantial modifications changes due to climatic and oceanographic changes. Many new species for the area were recently detected and degradation of certain essential habitats was noticed.


  • PhD – University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Slovenia, 1996. Dissertation title: Trophic role of planktonic herbivores in the stratified and vertically mixed coastal sea
  • Msc – University of Zagreb, Natural History Faculty, Zagreb Croatia, 1992
  • Bsc – University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Slovenia

Adjunct appointments

  • University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, Department of Biodiversity, Slovenia
  • University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenia
  • University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Slovenia

Classes taught

  • Marine ecology
  • Selected topics in marine zoology

Selected references

ORLANDO-BONACA, Martina, MAVRIČ, Borut, TRKOV, Domen, LIPEJ, Lovrenc. Unusual bloom of tetrasporophytes of the non-indigenous red alga Asparagopsis armata in the northern Adriatic Sea. Acta Adriatica, ISSN 0001-5113, 2017, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 53-62.

IVAJNŠIČ, Danijel, LIPEJ, Lovrenc, ŠKORNIK, Iztok, KALIGARIČ, Mitja. The sea level rise impact on four seashore breeding birds: the key study of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Climatic change, ISSN 0165-0009, 2017, vol. 140, iss. 3-4, pp. 549-562, ilustr., doi: 10.1007/s10584-016-1854-3

PITACCO, Valentina, CROCETTA, F., ORLANDO-BONACA, Martina, MAVRIČ, Borut, LIPEJ, Lovrenc. The Mediterranean stony coral Cladocora caespitosa (Linnaeus, 1767) as habitat provider for molluscs: Colony size effect. Journal of sea research, ISSN 1385-1101, [in press].

PITACCO, Valentina, LIPEJ, Lovrenc, MAVRIČ, Borut, MISTRI, Michele, MUNARI, Cristina. Comparison of benthic indices for the evaluation of ecological status of three Slovenian transitional water bodies (northern Adriatic). Marine pollution bulletin, ISSN 0025-326X, [in press].

LIPEJ, Lovrenc (avtor, gostujoči urednik), ACEVEDO, I., CROCETTA, F., PITACCO, Valentina, et al. New Mediterranean biodiversity records (March 2017) : collective article A. Mediterranean Marine Science, ISSN 1108-393X, 2017, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 179-201.

GEROVASILEIOU, V., CROCETTA, F., LIPEJ, Lovrenc, ZENETOS, Argyro, et al. New Mediterranean biodiversity records (July 2017) : collective article A. Mediterranean Marine Science, ISSN 1108-393X, 2017, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 355-384.

LIPEJ, Lovrenc, MAVRIČ, Borut, ODORICO, Roberto, KOCE, Urška. The diet of the Mediterranean shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii roosting along the Slovenian coast. Acrocephalus, ISSN 0351-2851, 2016, vol. 37, no. 170/171, pp. 151-158.

ORLANDO-BONACA, Martina, LIPEJ, Lovrenc, FRANCÉ, Janja. The most suitable time and depth to sample Cymodocea nodosa (Ucria) Ascherson meadows in the shallow coastal area. Experiences from the northern Adriatic Sea. Acta Adriatica, ISSN 0001-5113, 2016, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 251-262.

LIPEJ, Lovrenc, UHAN, Jernej, MAVRIČ, Borut, VUJČIĆ-KARLO, Snježana. A record of porbeagle, Lamna nasus (Bonnaterre, 1788), in the Gulf of Trieste with discussion on its occurence in the Adriatic Sea. Acta Adriatica, ISSN 0001-5113, 2016, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 305-314.

ZENETOS, Argyro, MAČIĆ, Vesna, JAKLIN, Andrej, LIPEJ, Lovrenc, POURSANIDIS, Dimitris, et al. Adriatic "opisthobranchs" (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia): shedding light on biodiversity issues. Marine ecology, ISSN 0173-9565, 2016, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 1239-1255.