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Mr. Dušan Jelic

Dušan Jelic

Croatian Institute for biodiversity
Dušan Jelić (mag. edu. biol. in Reptile Biology-Ecology) (1982) is the founder and CEO of BIOTA jdoo, BIOTA BH doo and BIOTAGROUP. He has a keen interest in biotechnology and green innovation, with several applied patents, solutions and designs. He is also the President of the Croatian Institute for Biodiversity and former director of Croatian Herpetological Society HYLA. His scientific work includes different aspects of ecological research (Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles). He had his PhD in Reptile ecology (focusing on biogeography and species ecological niche overlap) from 2009 - 2013. He worked for 5 years in State Institute for Nature Protection as expert for Amphibians and Reptiles and during this time he edited the second “Red book of Amphibians and Reptiles of Croatia” and worked as an expert in the designation of Natura 2000 ecological network in Croatia and was official representative for nongovernmental sector in Croatia during Biogeographical seminars. With this experience, he did Emerald network consultation for European Commission in Moldava, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. During his career, he was a project leader in over 30 biodiversity conservation projects and some of the longest fauna monitoring projects in Croatia. In 2012-2013 he was engaged as a key expert for herpetofauna on MANMON project for NATURA2000 management and monitoring in Croatia. He was one of the lead authors in the United Nations report of the International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecological services. His work on conservation of herpetofauna was recognized internationally when he was asked to film wildlife documentary “In too Deep” with Animal Planet and later “Attenborough Ark” with BBC. He is editor in charge of journal HYLA – herpetological bulletin, reviewer in many scientific journals, author of 8 books and 70 scientific papers dealing with amphibians, reptiles, and fish.
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Europe and Central Asia-Lead author
Regional assessments-Scoping expert