Emina Šunje

Emina Šunje
University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Natural Sciences · Ecology

PhD student

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Introduction
My main interests are genetic and ecology studies of amphibians and reptiles (in broad sense) and their application in field of evolutionary biology and conservation. I am currently full-time enrolled in a PhD research concerning research and protection of black salamander populations of the Dinarides. The PhD is carried out at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (B&H) with international and regional cooperation: University of Antwerp (Be) and HHD Hyla (Cro).
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - June 2014
II Gymnasium Sarajevo
Position
  • Part time biology teacher
August 2013 - present
Herpetological Association in B&H: BHHU: ATRA
Position
  • CEO
Description
  • www.bhhuatra.com
November 2010 - September 2013
International University of Sarajevo
Position
  • Teacher assistant
Description
  • Main activities and responsibility: Designing and conducting practical laboratory work for several courses: • Biochemistry I • General Microbiology • Dynamics of the cell • Molecular Biology I & II • Techniques in Molecular Biology
Education
September 2009 - April 2011
University of Sarajevo - Faculty of Natural Sciences – department of Biology
Field of study
  • population and conservation genetics
September 2005 - September 2009
University of Sarajevo - Faculty of Natural Sciences – department of Biology
Field of study
  • population genetics

Publications

Publications (33)
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The fragmented population of alpine salamanders from the Dinaric Alps belongs to a distinct evolutionary lineage known as Salamandra atra prenjensis. However, the phylogenetic relationships within this lineage are unknown since previous studies did not comprehensively include Dinaric population fragments. In this study, we use six microsatellite lo...
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The fragmented population of alpine salamanders from the Dinaric Alps belongs to a distinct evolutionary line-age known as Salamandra atra prenjensis. However, the phylogenetic relationships within this lineage are unknown since previous studies did not comprehensively include Dinaric population fragments. In this study, we use six microsat ellite...
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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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Amphibians produce defensive chemicals which provide protection against both predators and infections. Within species, populations can differ considerably in the composition and amount of these chemical defenses. Studying intraspecific variation in toxins and linking it to environmental variables may help us to identify the selective drivers of tox...
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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The subspecies concept is not only useful to assess the evolutionary history of species and therefore describe their evolutionary potential, but it also has corollaries for defining conservation units and their management. Within Alpine salamanders, the subspecies status of Salamandra atra prenjensis, isolated in the Dinarides from its nominal subs...
Conference Paper
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...
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Separate populations at the edge of a species range are receiving great attention and have been shown to be often different from populations in the core area. However, it has rarely been tested whether neighboring peripheral populations are genetically and evolutionarily similar to each other, as expected for their geographical proximity and simila...
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The revision of the Greek stream frog (Rana graeca, Boulanger 1891) distribution and conservation status in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Among the brown frogs, the Greek stream frog (Rana graeca) is a Balkan endemic. Its southernmost distribution reaches Greece, whereas the northernmost part of the areal is in Bosnia and Hercegovina (B&H) were the speci...
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Research of the reptiles in Bosnia and Herzegovina began in the 19th century and has continued in an organized way since the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day. In specific political circumstances, research in Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainly taking place in the framework of the entities: the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina an...
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Zootoca vivipara is a poorly investigated lizard species in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The species is often associated with mountain ecosystems in the Dinaric area. For the first time we present all records of this species in Bosnia and Herzegovina. By analysing data from literature, the herpetological collection (National Museum) and from field work,...
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The genetic structure of Alpine salamander (Salamandra atra, Laurenti 1768) populations in the Dinarides with respect to continuous populations in the Alps is still poorly understood. To compare Dinaric populations with the nearest Alpine populations, eleven populations were genotyped using seven microsatellite loci. Two major groups were detected:...
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In this paper the northernmost finding of the Dalmatian wall lizard, Podarcis melisellensis Braun, 1877 in Bosnia and Herzegovina is reported.
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Dead individuals of alpine salamander were annually detected in the field on Mt. Prenj (B&H) - they were screened for Bd, Bs and Rana virus. 132 other individuals were screened for Bd using Real time PCR. The identified mortality is not associated with known amphibian pathogens. Bd screeening was negative for prenjensis population
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The sharp snouted rock lizard, Dalmatolacerta oxycephala, is an endemic lizard of the Balkan Peninsula with 70% of its range found in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H). The herpetological literature surprisingly yields scarce localized data. In this paper we summarize most, if not all, records found in literature, data from museum collection...
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Herpetological research of the Prenj and Čvrsnica mountains has a relatively long tradition, but not enough scientific attention was devoted to them. Literature data on herpetofauna of Prenj and Čvrsnica is old, sporadic and rare. The aim of this research was to collect all data on the herpetofauna for the given mountains and determine the importan...
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176 tail tissue samples belonging to 7 populations of S. atra were screened for population genetic analyzes using 8 microsatellite markers. 6 populations from Mt . Prenj (B&H, N=164) showed less genetic diversity compared to only one Slovenian population (N=12): Expected heterozigosity in Prenj populations (HE) was 0.3781; observed heterozigosity (...

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Projects (4)
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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.
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Aktuelizacija općih podataka o biodiverzitetu vodozemaca i gmizavaca na Planeti na prostoru Bosne i Hercegovine sa posebnim akcentom na studente, nastavnike te srednjoškolske i univerzitetske profesore. Dopuna i revizija klasifikacijske liste vodozemaca i gmizavaca u fauni Bosne i Hercegovine. Izrada udžbenika "Herpetologija sa posebnim osvrtom na herpetofaunu Bosne i Hercegovine" sa klasifikacijskim prijegledom taksa do nivoa roda, odnosno cjelokupne revizije podataka za bh. herpetofaunu. Izrada batrahološke monografije za područje Bosne i Hercegovine. Izrada džepnih ključeva za: vodozemce, zmije i guštere Bosne i Hercegovine.
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Our database primarily consists of variety of amphibian and reptile tissue samples collected in past several years mainly from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our goal is to preserve all potential and important samples that will be used for future DNA processing in near future. BHHU ATRA - DNA Base is available online.