Ana Ćurić

Ana Ćurić
The Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Republika Srpska · Department of biological and technical affairs

mag. biol. exp.

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Additional affiliations
June 2015 - July 2015
Center for Environment, Banja Luka
Position
  • Herpetologist
Description
  • Biodiversity studies in National Park "Sutjeska". Research against building dams on Sutjeska and Hrcavka rivers.
February 2014 - present
Herpetological Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herpetological Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Position
  • Steering committee
Description
  • BHHU ATRA is NGO conducting research and conservation projects of herpetofauna species mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been established in 2013 and there are over 10 important projects behind us. More info at: http://www.bhhuatra.com/
January 2014 - January 2017
Society for research and protection of biodiversity
Position
  • Herpetologist
Description
  • Worked as herpetologist, lecturer and organisation committee regarding two projects in Posavina region, BA.
Education
October 2015 - January 2018
University of Zagreb
Field of study
  • Zoology
October 2010 - May 2015
University of Banja Luka
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (27)
Book
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Republic of Srpska is specific by its biodiversity and as such it stands out in Europe. It is characterized by a favorable geographical position in the Balkan Peninsula, where it extends through continental, alpine, sub-mediterranean and mediterranean climate. Due to the large number of refugium and moderate impact of the Last ice age in relation t...
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The genus Pelophylax, known as green frogs, compromise highly aquatic, sun-loving frogs which can be found in a wide variety of generally well-vegetated and sunny water bodies. They are notoriously difficult to distinguish since identification based on the analysis of morphological traits leads to frequent mistakes. Here, we analyzed 127 samples of...
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The 57th Rufford “Balkan and East 2020” conference provides an ideal scientific platform for researchers to present their latest research findings, to develop new scientific and academic liaisons, to build a network among the likeminded people and most importantly to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience in the nature conservatio...
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The discovery and archeological underwater excavation of a medieval bastard sword in the Vrbas riverbed, in October 2019 near the village of Rekavice, near Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Underwater archeology, conservation, restoration, preservation, exhibition, documentary filming, 700 years story projected in one year project, 15 minutes of...
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Albinism is a genetic anomaly caused by absence of the amino acid thyrosinase enzyme which converts to melanin through a stepwise biochemical pathway. So far, this is the 10th record of albino Aesculapian snake in Europe since year 1879. This paper reports first finding of albino Zamenis longissimus in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with on adult individu...
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The initiative for drafting the Regulation on strictly protected and protected wild species in Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is prescribed by Article 68 of the Law on Nature Protection ("Official Gazette of Republic of Srpska" no. 20/14), was initiated by the Republic Institute for the protection of cultural, historical and natu...
Poster
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Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), as a specific region in the north western Balkan Peninsula, has a high level of genetic, species and ecosystem diversity primary due to the presence of different climatic zones that extend from north to south of the country (in cca 400 km). Multiple numbers of refugia and relict landscapes in this area enabled the surv...
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Even though that reproductive isolation of anurans is well developed, amphibians perform many “mistakes” during the mating period. Herein we present 65 cases of abnormal/unusual/wrong amplexi in European species of Anura collected mostly from the period 2005-2017. We generally divided the wrong amplexi into intraspecific or interspecific and furthe...
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The European spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) is a lowland, nocturnal, semi-fossorial and secretive anuran species with a narrow ecological niche. The southernmost border of its areal reaches the northern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H, in Posavina region) where the species is mostly restricted to agroecosystems located in the vicinity of aq...
Book
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Abstract Book regarding Rufford Small Grant Conference held in Serbia, 2018 titled "Explore and protect the natural beauty of Balkans".
Thesis
European common spadefoot toad, Pelobates fuscus, is the only representative species of Pelobatidae family in Croatia. Despite the species is widespread all over the Europe, there are many data concerning the global population is in decline. According to the Red List of Amphibians and Reptiles of Croatia, common spadefoot toad is categorized as DD...
Poster
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European common spadefoot toad is the only representative species of Pelobatidae family in Croatia. Species is wide spread all over the Europe and many papers are based on gathering biological description of metamorphs, ecological and distributional data. Interesting facts concerning giant tadpole biology are still one of intriguing questions that...
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Based on known literature data and data collected during field research in 2014 and 2015, we present updated distribution map of the common spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) in Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia). Pelobates fuscus is listed as least concern on the global IUCN Red List, data deficient in Croatian Red Book and the po...
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The olm (Proteus anguinus anguinus) is a neotenous salamander species with high life expectancy and low reproductive rate, classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. Little is known about olm health and reproduction in the wild. Using ultrasound, we assessed inner organs of wild olms. Data were compared to those obtained previously in 13 captive olms at...
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In this paper we present the new findings of the subspecies Vipera berus bosniensis (Boettger, 1889) in lowland areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina (northern parts of country). Lowland populations of Bosnian adder was known to exist on the lowland areas of the Pannonian Basin in Croatia and Serbia, while there has been only one record of adders on Bosn...
Book
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First Balkan Rufford Small Grants Conference "Nature knows no boundaries" in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Abstract book concerning researches of Plants, Fungi, Insects, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds and Mammals on Balkans.
Conference Paper
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Based on known literature data and data collected during field investigations in 2014 and 2015, we present updated distribution map of Common spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) in Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina (B‐H) and Croatia). Pelobates fuscus is listed as LC on the IUCN Red List and DD in Croatian Red Book, and the species is in consta...
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Research of batrachofauna in Bosnia and Herzegovina started in Ottoman-Hungarian period when Möellendorff (1873) for the first time listed six species of amphibians. Later, many zoologists (F. Werner, S. Bolkay, M. Radovanović, S. Mikšić, S. Obratil, E. Đurović, S. Lelo and others) have contributed expending the list and today it includes 18 amphib...

Projects

Projects (5)
Project
This project is fully based on direct conservation measures regarding endangered, relict and endemic tree species Serbian spruce (Picea omorika (Panč.) Purkinye), which is natively distributed only in the middle and upper Drina valley at around 200 ha. Project goal is to create a ground base for the future long-term conservation management practices on the basis of the Guidelines for conservation management of Serbian spruce. Specific goals are 1) to support natural regeneration of Serbian spruce and in situ while implementing three recommended scientific conservation methods in target areas, 2) to create ground base for drafting, adopting and applying of the future long-term conservation management practices on basis of the Guidelines for conservation management of Serbian spruce all together with important stakeholders that joined this project team, 3) to plan and implement educational and awareness-raising campaign on importance of Serbian spruce with specific focus on general public and relevant stakeholders in the project targeted area.
Project
Realisation of the research, site exploration, documentation, site preparation, excavation, conservation and restauration of the medieval sword found 20 km upstream from the Banja Luka town, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This bastard sword was stuck in between rocks at the depth od 4 m, in high current, 2 m above the bottom of the river Vrbas. Our team, consisting of divers educated for underwater archeology, historian, archeologist, conservationist, biologist, cameraman and editor, and other logistics, started a small but valuable project on Bosnian Excalibur researches.
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European common spadefoot toad studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina started in 2014. Main project goals can be found at: https://www.rufford.org/projects/ana_%C4%87uri%C4%87 https://www.rufford.org/projects/ana_%C4%86uri%C4%87_0 https://www.rufford.org/projects/ana_%C4%86uri%C4%87_1 We aim to round out all the previous researches and results at the Čardak site and legally protect the area in order to conserve the rare lowland wetland habitats and its specific species.