International Symposium of Ecologists of Montenegro

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Michal Grabowski - University of Lodz, Poland


Main fields of research: zoogeography and phylogeography of fresh
waters; speciation patterns and evolutionary processes in inland waters,
biodiversity and endemism hotspots, ancient lakes, spatial distribution
of biodiversity, integrative taxonomy,  phylogeny and ecology of
malacostracan crustaceans, alien species.

Michal is an evolutionary biologist and zoologist. He received PhD in
zoology and marine biology in 2000, Habilitation (D.Sc.) in zoology in
2007 and he is a Professor of biological sciences since 2019.  He leads
the Laboratory of Biogeography and Invertebrate Ecology, having a
faculty position in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology &
Hydrobiology, at the Faculty of Biology & Environmental Protection,
University of Lodz, Poland. His team comprises a mixture of
enthusiastic, both experienced and young, scientists focusing together,
and co-operating with colleagues from elsewhere. Together, they focus
mainly on: (1) spatio-temporal patterns of evolution in the aquatic
ecosystems, (2) DNA barcoding as a tool for surveying aquatic
biodiversity, (3) host-parasite co-evolution in aquatic taxa, (4)
integrative taxonomy of malacostracan crustaceans, (5) biological
invasions in aquatic ecosystems: invasion routes and vectors, ecology of
invaders, interactions with native communities, mediation by pathogens.
Their usual model organisms are amphipods, shrimps and isopods, but also
aquatic insects such as chironomid flies, and microsporidian pathogens.
Michal and his team participated in numerous national and international
research projects.

So far, Michal has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific
papers, as well as numerous popular-science papers and several books. He
is also very active in popularising science in media. He is a Management
Committee member and representative of Poland in the COST Action CA15219
“Developing new genetic tools for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems in
Europe” DNAqua-Net as well as the national contact and member of the
Scientific Steering Committee of International Barcode of Life
(iBOL-BIOSCAN) program. Michal is an Associate Editor in two scientific
journals "Aquatic Invasions" and "BioInvasions Records" as well as a
Subject Editor in the recently funded journal "Metabarcoding &
Metagenomics". He is also a Taxonomic Editor for Amphipoda in the World
Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and in World Amphipoda Database
(WADA). In the years 2007-2014 he was a member of the Committee of
Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) and since 2015 he is a member
of the Committee of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, PAS. In 2018
he was invited to join the Scientific Council of the Museum and
Institute of Zoology, PAS. Most recently, in 2019, he was elected by the
national scientific community as one of the three representatives of
biological sciences in the Scientific Excellence Council that will
supervise the development of scientific staff and promotion procedures
in Poland.

Sajmir Beqiraj – University of Tirana, Albania


Main fields of research: aquatic ecology and marine biology, with focus on benthic macroinvertebrates in marine, coastal and freshwater habitats; marine alien species; marine protected areas.


Professor at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. Employed in this institution since his graduation in Biology in 1996, he has been working on taxonomy and ecology of benthic macroinvertebrates, assessment of ecological and environmental state of marine, coastal and freshwater habitats. He has been actively involved in designing scientific approach for environmental conservation and management, including strategies, management plans and action plans, for monitoring, conservation and management of marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems, priority habitats and species in national, Balkan and Mediterranean levels.

He has carried out professional qualifications and training in many international research institutions and universities, where the most important are the Natural History Museum of Berlin; Helmholtz Center - Institute of Coastal Research in Geesthacht; the Natural History Museum of London; the University of Vienna; the University of Zurich; the University of Bari; the University of Lecce; the Leibnitz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) Berlin, etc.

Participated in about 70 scientific and environmental projects as an expert, team leader, or coordinator.

Member of several professional networks, organizations and scientific committees, such as the Group of Experts of the European Council for the Conservation of Invertebrates; the Editorial Board of the “Transitional Waters Bulletin“, University of Salento, Italy; the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO); the European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS Network); the Italian Malacological Society; the East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS); the IUCN experts’ group on Invasive Alien Species; the IUCN experts’ group on Protected Areas; the International  Scientific  Committee of the Small Mediterranean Islands initiative (PIM), Conservatoire du Littoral, France; the EUROMEDLAG Federation (European and Mediterranean Federation on Coastal Lagoons, etc.

Nina G. Bogutskaya - Naturhistorisches Museum Wien


 Main fields of research: Comparative morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny of  freshwater fishes. Theory of systematics, zoological nomenclature. Zoogeography of Eurasia; Freshwater ecoregions. Fish databases, digitization of zoological collections, georeferencing. Fish Barcoding of Life.



In 1982−2013, Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, Russia; 2016-present Natural History Museum Vienna (Senior Scientist, Lise Meitner Programme).
Since the start of her scientific career, NB has chiefly been focused on cypriniform fishes (Teleostei: Cypriniformes) and addressed cypriniform morphology, taxonomy, and phylogenetic relationships. Much of the work is revisionary, and includes description of new taxa or poorly known forms, as well as detailed systematic analyses at finer levels, and NB has described over 40 new species. More broadly, she is interested in issues relating to anatomy and ontogenetic development in different groups of freshwater fish to resolve questions of taxonomy and phylogeny. Also, major aspect of her research has been building databases that focus on taxonomy, nomenclature, distribution, bibliography and collections of fishes of Europe and the whole Palaearctic Realm, and freshwater fish conservation assessments.
Important peer review activities, editorships and/or memberships in academic organisations includes: a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature; in 2007-2012, Editor-in-Chief of Zoosystematica Rossica, Sectional Editor in Zookeys and Comparative Cytogenetics journals, co-editorial work on Bănărescu P. M., Bogutskaya N.G. (Eds.), 2003. The Freshwater Fishes of Europe, vol. 5/II, Cyprinidae 2/II (Barbus), AULA-Verlag Wiebelsheim. 454 pp.
NB is a co-author of many papers and several books on taxonomy, systematics and distribution of freshwater fishes in different areas and basins (e.g., Bogutskaya et al. 2013. Identifications keys for fish and invertebrates of the Caspian Sea. Vol. 1. Fish and molluscs; Bogutskaya and Naseka 2004. Catalogue of agnathans and fishes of fresh and brackish waters of Russia with comments on nomenclature and taxonomy).