Dimitrija Savić Zdravković

Dimitrija Savić Zdravković
University of Niš | NIS · Department of Biology and Ecology

PhD
research associate

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Introduction
Currently is a Research Associate at the Department of Biology and Ecology, University of Niš, Serbia, engaged in research and teaching activities. Her main interests are: developing multiparametric approaches for biomonitoring of contaminants in freshwater ecosystems, as well as the application of multidisciplinary strategies in nature conservation and ecosystem health monitoring. Meanwhile, she is working on science illustration and nature documentary projects.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
University of Niš
Position
  • Research Assistant
October 2018 - present
University of Niš
Position
  • Teaching assistant - practical lessons
Description
  • Practical teaching for four subjects: hidrobiology, limnology, abiotic properties of aquatic ecosystems and ecotoxicology.
March 2018 - March 2019
University of Niš
Position
  • Research trainee
Education
September 2015 - September 2019
University of Niš
Field of study
  • Ecotoxicology and Hydrobiology
October 2013 - October 2015
University of Niš
Field of study
  • Ecology
October 2009 - October 2012
University of Niš
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (39)
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Cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano‐CeO2) are included in the OECD priority list of engineered nanomaterials for the assessment of their environmental impact. The present study was carried out in order to assess the nano‐CeO2 toxicity to freshwater midge Chironomus riparius larvae at concentrations of 2.5, 25, 250 and 2500 mg of nano‐CeO2 per kg of se...
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Morphological species identification is often a difficult, expensive, and time-consuming process which hinders the ability for reliable biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems. An alternative approach is to automate the whole process, accelerating the identification process. Here, we demonstrate an automatic machine-based identification approach for no...
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Benthic communities contain some of the most threatened organisms in aquatic habitats due to different anthropogenic pressures. The high abundance of microplastics (MPs) in sediments will continue to increase in the future, further increasing the probability of interactions between macroinvertebrates and MPs. In the present study, a benthic communi...
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As the production of metal-based nanomaterials increases, it is inevitable that nano-scale products and byproducts will enter the aquatic environment. In terms of global production, the most abundant nano-oxides are TiO2, CeO2 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Chironomus riparius is commonly used for ecotoxicological assessment and defining its histopatholo...
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The ubiquitous presence of microplastics (MP) in aquatic ecosystems can affect organisms and communities in multiple ways. While MP research on aquatic organisms has primarily focused on marine ecosystems and laboratory experiments, the community-level effects of MP in freshwaters, especially in lakes, are poorly understood. To examine the impact o...
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The exposure of environmentally relevant concentrations of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles can lead to deformation of important physical structures of aquatic midges, which can be detected by novel geometric morphometric approach.
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Geometric morphometrics, histopathology and comet assay have great potential as methods for defining biomarkers of pollutant toxicity.
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Folk beliefs, religion and mythology, created through various cultural influences in Serbia, shaped today's attitudes toward wildlife. In this study we evaluated different levels of ecological awareness and superstition extent related to Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni) through a systematized face-to-face questionnaire. The study was conducted...
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Due to their many practical applications, engineered cerium dioxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (NPs) are commonly used today, although there are justified concerns about the environmental risks of their usage. Studies to date have shown that CeO2 NPs do not pose a lethal hazard to hydrobiocenoses at environmentally relevant concentrations, but that they...
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Present within the OECD priority list for safety testing of manufactured nanomaterials, cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano-CeO2), present one of today's’ major contaminants of the environment. The present study was carried out in order to explore the potential of the geometric morphometric approach in unraveling sublethal implications of nano-CeO2 ex...
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The conference paper presents the effects of microplastic mixture on community structure of freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates in-situ. Research was conducted in microcosm setup, under natural conditions and lasted for 100 days.
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This study was conducted in order to formulate a modification of standard substrate for laboratory bioassays (OECD protocol number 218: "Sediment water chironomid toxicity test using spiked sediment"), with as few constituents as possible, yet enabling the highest larval survival of model organism: Chironomus tentans (Chironomidae, Diptera). Labora...
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Drosophila is among the most commonly use models for toxicity assessment of different types of nanoparticles. This study aims to examine the effects of a constant exposure to the low concentration of human food grade titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 E171) on Drosophila melanogaster wing morphology over multiple generations. Subsequently, the Ge...
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Cyanobacteria and microalgae are abundant biota groups in eutrophic freshwater ecosystems, serving as a food source for many aquatic organisms, including the larvae of non-biting midges (Chironomidae). Many species of cyanobacteria are toxin producers, which can act as stressors to other organisms. The present study aimed to analyze and compare the...
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The effect of microplastics (MP) exposure on the chironomid species Chironomus riparius Meigen, 1804 was investigated using the OECD sediment and water toxicity test. Chironomid larvae were exposed to an environmentally relevant low microplastics concentration (LC), a high microplastics concentration (HC) and a control (C). The LC was 0.007 g m-2 o...
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The potential of two chironomid species: Chironmus riparius and C. tentans in bioindication with the focus on relevant endpoints in assessing nanoparticle ecotoxicity in fresh waters.
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Microplastics (MPs) are ubiquitous pollutants found in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, and MP pollution is a major environmental concern globally. Despite this, the impact of MPs on freshwater ecosystems is largely under-looked, with most research concentrating on marine systems and organisms. Owing to their small and wide range of...
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This conference paper presents our research on CeO2 nanoparticle toxicity to freshwater midge C. tentans and points out relevant endpoints that are sensitive detectors of nano-CeO2 presence in the sediments.
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The conference paper presents the effects of different types of microplastic polymers on Chironomus riparius, regarding the life traits and morphological changes in the mandibles and mentums of 4th instar larvae and morphological changes in the wings of adults.
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Local resource users can affect the implementation of conservation measures positively or negatively therefore being a powerful conservation factor. Present local folk beliefs, religion and mythology contribute vastly to the formation of attitudes and opinions of the locals towards nature and wildlife.For the purpose of this research, the methodolo...
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This research was conducted in order to determine influence of mixture of microplastic particles (MP) on non-biting midges Chironomus spp. in laboratory and mesocosm setup.
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Different modifications of standard substrate for the OECD test No. 218 (5 different substrates) were tested in order to investigate the influence of substrate components on mentum deformities of C. tentans larvae. Mentum deformities could be good indicators of toxin presence in the environment, so the substrate in standardized tests should cause a...
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This was the presentation of the results of “Hidden corners of Serbia - Preserve our fresh waters from oblivion” project No 24565-1 , supported by the Rufford Foundation. We wanted to emphasize the importance of monitoring and conservation of the water ecosystem component within Monuments of Nature protected areas. We realized that keeping the peop...
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The present study was carried out in order to assess the influence of environmentally relevant concentrations of TiO2 nanoparticles (E171 human food grade) toxicity on the freshwater midge Chironomus tentans. Tested concentrations were 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 mg of E171 TiO2 per 1 kg of sediment, for the experiment aiming at life trait t...
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- Chironomus tentans was exposed to food grade E171 TiO2 nanoparticles - Mouthpart deformities of chironomids were analyzed with geometric morphometry - Dietary exposure to TiO2 caused losing the first inner tooth in the mandibles - Mortality and emergence ratio were affected with higher concentrations (>1000 mg/kg)
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Natural Monument “Slapovi Sopotnice” represents an interesting landscape to investigate from hydrobiological aspect. Cascading structure of the shallow water body with mostly rocky bottom majorly determines conditions for organisms living in it. Field activities were conducted in spring 2017, during which five localities were assessed along the wa...
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Fauna of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) has been studied from 2013. to 2016. on the locality of Delijski Vis (near the city of Niš, 43°17'34'' N, 21°56'02'' E, altitude 341 ). Field research was conducted during all four seasons and faunistic lists were made. 30 species were found on this site, which represent 46.15% of Serbian Odonata fau...
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The effect on mouthpart morphological changes was investigated by the geometric morphometric approach.
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This study was conducted on 215 mandibles of 22 species, distributed in four subfamilies (Chironominae, Orthocladiinae, Diamesinae and Prodiamesinae), which are collected in rivers of the Danube basin.
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Report of the first observation of scavenging behaviour in the population of Testudo hermanni boettgeri that has been monitored for six years in the village Kunovica near the city of Niš in Serbia. On 31 May 2015 at 10:18 a.m., the adult tortoise was observed while eating a dead European green lizard (Lacerta viridis).
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List of amphibians in Serbia includes 21 species: 8 species of tailed amphibians (order Urodela) and 13 species of tailless amphibians (order Anura). Research undertaken during year 2015 on the territory of all five municipalities of Niš, the capital of Southeastern Serbia, confirmed presence of 3 species of Urodela (Salamandra salamandra, Lissotri...
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12th Symposium on the Flora of Southeastern Serbia and Neighboring Regions, Kopaonik Mt., 2016

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Taking photomicrographs of wings for further geometric morphometric analysis. 
Wings are mounted on microscopic slides with BERLESE mounting medium

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Projects (8)
Project
Combining morphology-, DNA- and deep learning-based approaches simultaneously on aquatic macroinvertebrates (MI) in order to build a new application for artificial intelligence-based identification of species. This research was supported by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, Grant #7751676, AIAQUAMI
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Provoking environmental action by engaging art and modern media in promotion of biodiversity conservation. The project emphasizes the benefits of combining research with citizen science and modern media in addressing key environmental issues, conservation and efficient management planning. The project is followed by creation of a short movie series “Hidden corners of Serbia” with the First season: “Preserve our fresh waters from oblivion” that focuses on freshwater conservation in small protected areas in Serbia. The Rufford Foundation supported research. https://www.rufford.org/projects/dimitrija_savićzdravković