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I am currently working as the project manager on my current project ,,Nose-Horned Viper in Serbia-Continuation of Monitoring Population Status and Conservation Efforts'' financed by The Rufford Foundation. The main aims of this project (and of my PhD thesis) are population monitoring in order to draw population trends and assess the status of this viper in Serbia and conservation efforts through education activities.I am also working on national project called: Evolution in Heterogeneous Environments: Adaptation Mechanisms, Biological Monitoring and Conservation of Biodiversity. My research interests include topics from population biology, conservation genetics, habitat modelling, herpetology and nature protection.
April 2018 - present
- Research Assistant
- I am working on the project called: Evolution in Heterogeneous Environments: Adaptation Mechanisms, Biological Monitoring and Conservation of Biodiversity which is financed by Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development.
Main findings of the first Rufford project include illegal harvesting for the venom supply, pollution with human waste, habitat fragmentation and deliberate killing at every locality. Main objectives of this project are: -Continuation of population monitoring in order to draw population trends and assess the status of this species in Serbia. Besides our previous collection of demographic and morphological data we are also going to include two additional analyses focused on parasite loads and behaviour with population dynamics (by camera trap) , which are all is very important for this understudied species and thus will be integrated into conservation strategy. -Investigation of venom markets -Continuation of creating better understanding of nose-horned vipers and snakes in general and help in changing the social perception of this rarely aggressive species through education activities. We will reconnect with the local inhabitants at our previous locations and also engage in direct interaction with inhabitants at the new locations, where we will explain the significance of conservation of the nose-horned viper and the possibility of venom extraction in the field and we will give lectures at every interested school and mountaineer societies from Krupanj, Kraljevo, Niš, and Bor. We will also create an amateur educational video which will be used in our lectures. This project is kindly founded by The Rufford Foundation. Website: https://www.rufford.org/projects/tijana_%C4%8Cubri%C4%87_0 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sacuvajmoposkoka/ You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7nesoPbgSQMkTZoXqtnwKw
Main aim of this project is to establish foundation for continuous population monitoring, to collect basic population data, to evaluate quality of habitat, to evaluate people attitude toward nose-horned viper and to educate local community in order to change public prospective about this species and raise awareness on its significance both for pest regulation and for pharmacy and medicine.