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National Institute of Biology - Marine Biology Station (NIB)
Native name
Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo Morska biološka postaja Piran
Fornace 41
+386 59 232 904
+386 5 671 29 02
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organisation profile

Marine Biology Station (MBS) of National Institute of Biology (NIB) , Slovenia ( ) established in 1969 in Piran is affiliated to the NIB (, Ljubljana. The main research activities of the MBS are focused on characteristics and problems of coastal waters especially on coastal dynamics and modelling, plankton ecology, biodiversity, biogeochemical processes and the impacts of pollution. MBS is national focal point for MED POL activities (Barcelona Convention) and is responsible for National Marine Monitoring Program including assessment of the state of marine environment, marine biodiversity monitoring and conservation of coastal areas. MBS is NODC (National Oceanographic Data Centre) and data provider for Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters within EIONET.

The MBS staff has been involved in over 50 projects in last 10 years covering a wide range of disciplines such as: modelling of tidal dynamics and circulation, marine biodiversity, gelatinous plankton, eutrophication and HABs, molecular biology, cycling of organic matter, aquaculture impacts. MBS team gained experience participating in several EU-projects in last decade (ECASA, MarBEF, MFSTEP, BIOFAQs, MARBENA, MAMA, EMMA). MBS-NIB has a wide array of facilities available including fluid dynamics laboratory with rotating table, wet laboratory with running seawater, cold rooms and growth chambers, analytical, microbiological and molecular biology laboratories. Research boat (12 m, Dountless with Caterpillar jet motors) is equipped with ADCP, CTD/PAR/fluorescence probe, a variety of water column and bottom sampling gear and underwater video and photographic equipment. MBS-NIB operates Coastal oceanographic buoy equipped with meteo- and oceanographic instruments.

Prof. Alenka Malej: head of the Marine Biology Station and lecturer of marine ecology. Holds M.Sc. in Oceanography (University of Ljubljana) and Ph.D. in Biology (University of Zagreb). Has broad experience in the coordination of national, international research projects and has published over 80 refereed papers. Expertise: plankton ecology, eutrophication; links with international organizations (MED POL/MAP national coordinator, chairperson NO IOC, director IOI OC Slovenia)

Ass. prof. Vlado Malaèiè: senior scientist at MBS and lecturer of oceanography. Holds B. Sc. in physics, M. Sc. in mechanics (University of Ljubljana), Ph. D. in physics (University of Zagreb). Project leader of national/international research and applied projects (modelling of tidal dynamics and circulation, establishment of coastal oceanographic buoy and build-up of information system, set-up of laboratory for fluid dynamics, responsible for NODC).

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Connected Data Centres (CDI)
  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)
  • Ocean observing systems (EDIOS)

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National Institute of Biology - Marine Biology Station (NIB)
Latest update
30 May 2019 3:53:52 PM