iSCB Lecturers

Bojan Lazar, PhD

iSCB instructor
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Lazar is a marine conservation biologist with expertise in ecology and population biology of large marine vertebrates. His research mostly focuses on ecology, movements and habitat utilization of sea turtles and demersal shark species in the Adriatic Sea, and fishery impact on marine megafauna. He is a national coordinator for bycatch of endangered marine vertebrates within the project “Indicators of state of the environment, mariculture and fisheries of the Adriatic Sea” (State Environmental Agency, Croatia) and a researcher on the projects “Biology of endangered and endemic animal species” and “Developmental and population biology of large marine vertebrates in the Adriatic Sea” (Ministry of Science, Croatia). Dr. Lazar is actively involved in marine conservation, acting as an expert consultant of several national institutions in Croatia and as a member of international expert groups of IUCN and UNEP.


Education

  • Ph.D. - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Zoology. 2009. Dissertation title: “Ecology and conservation of loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta in the eastern Adriatic Sea”.
  • M.Sc. – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Zoology. 2003. Thesis title: "Bioaccumulation of metals in loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta from eastern Adriatic Sea”.
  • B.Sc. - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Zoology. 1998.

Classes taught

  • Conservation Biology

Selected References

Casale, P., Affronte, M., Scaravelli, D., Lazar, B., Vallini, C., Luschi, P. (in press). Foraging grounds, movement patterns and habitat connectivity of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), from the Adriatic Sea revealed by satellite telemetry Marine Biology.

Holcer, D., Lazar, B., Mackelworth, P.C., Fortuna, M.C. (in press). Rare or just unknown? The occurence of the giant davil ray (Mobula mobular) in the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Applied Ichthyology.

Gračan, R., Lazar, BPosavec, I. Gregorović, G., Lacković, G. (in press). Maturation and gonadal development of spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias, in the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Fish Biology.

Gračan, R. Buršić, M., Mladineo, I., Kučinić, M., Lacković, G., Lazar, B (in press). Gastrointestinal helminth community of loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, in the Adriatic Sea. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

Lazar, B., Gračan, R., 2011. Ingestion of marine debris by loggerhead sea turtles, (Caretta caretta), in the Adriatic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62: 43-47.

Lazar, B., Gračan, R., Katić, J., Zavodnik, D., Jaklin, A., Tvrtković, N. 2011. Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) as bioturbators in neritic habitats: an insight through the analysis of benthic molluscs in the diet. Marine Ecology 32: 65-74.

Lazar, B., Maslov, L., Herceg Romanić, S., Gračan, R., Krauthacker, B., Holcer, D., Tvrtković, N. 2011. Organochlorine contaminants in loggerhead sea turtles, (Caretta caretta), from eastern Adriatic Sea. Chemosphere 82: 121-129.

Lazar, B., Žuljević, A., Holcer, D. 2010. Diet composition of a green turtle, (Chelonia mydas), from the Adriatic Sea. Natura Croatica 19: 263-271.

Lazar, B. 2010. Croatia. In: Casale, P., Margaritoulis, D. (Ed) Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean. IUCN, Gland: 29-38.

Lazar, B., Žiža, V. 2010. Slovenia. In: Casale, P., Margaritoulis, D. (Ed) Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean. IUCN, Gland: 197-202.

Lazar, B., Lacković, G., Casale, P., Freggi, D., Tvrtković, N. 2008.Histological validation of gonad gross morphology to sex juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Herpetological Journal 18: 137-140.

Lazar, B., Lipej, L., Holcer, D., Onofri, V., Žiža, V., Tutman, P., Marčelja, E., Tvrtković, N. 2008. New data on the occurrence of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, in the eastern Adriatic Sea. Vie et Milieu 58: 237-241.

Holcer, D., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Fortuna, C.M., Onofri, V., Lazar, B. 2007. Occurrence of Cuvier’s beaked whale in the southern Adriatic Sea: evidence of an important Mediterranean habitat. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 87: 359-362.

Casale, P., Lazar, B., Pont, S., Tomas, J., Zizzo, N., Badillo, J., Di Summa, A., Freggi, D., Lacković, G., Raga, J.A., Rositani, L., Tvrtković, N. 2006. Sex ratios of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 324: 281-285.

Janev Hutinec, B., Kletečki, E., Lazar, B., Podnar Lešić, M., Skejić, J., Tadić, Z., and Tvrtković, N. 2006. Red Book of Amphibians and Reptiles of Croatia. Ministry of Culture, State Instiute for Nature Conservation, Republic of Croatia.

Lazar, B., Margaritoulis, D., Tvrtković, N. 2004. Tag recoveries of the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, in the eastern Adriatic Sea: implications for conservation. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 84: 475-480.

Lazar, B., Casale, P., Tvrtković, N., Kožul, V., Tutman, P., Glavić, N. 2004. The presence of green sea turtle Chelonia mydas in the Adriatic Sea. Herpetological Journal 14: 143-147.

Tvrtković, N., Janev Hutinec, B., Kletečki, E., Lazar, B., Podnar Lešić, M., and Skejić, J. 2004. Reptiles (Reptilia). In: Markovčić, D. (Ed) Red List Threatened Plants and Animals of Croatia. State Institute for Nature Protection, Zagreb: 61-62.

Lazar, B., Tvrtković, N. 2003. Corroboration of the critical habitat hypothesis for the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta in the eastern Adriatic Sea. In: Margaritoulis D., Demetropoulos, A. (Ed) Proceedings of the First Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles.Barcelona Convention – Bern Convention – Bonn Convention (CMS), Nicosia, Cyprus: 165-169.

Lazar, B., Tvrtković, N. 2003. Marine turtles and fisheries in the Mediterranean: are we missing something? In: Seminoff, J.A. (Ed) Proceedings of the Twenty-second Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-503: 5-6.

Lazar, B., García-Borboroglu, P., Tvrtković, N., Žiža, V. 2003. Temporal and spatial distribution of the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta in the eastern Adriatic Sea: a seasonal migration pathway? In: Seminoff, J.A. (Ed) Proceedings of the Twenty-second Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-503: 283-284.

Margaritoulis, D., Argano, R., Baran, I., Bentivegna, F., Bradai, M.N., Camiñas, J.A., Casale, P., De Metrio, G., Demetropoulos, A., Gerosa, G., Godley, B.J., Haddoud, D.A., Houghton, J., Laurent, L., and Lazar, B. 2003. Loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean: present knowledge and conservation perspectives. In: Bolten, A., Witherington, B. (Eds) Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Smithsonian Books, Washington: 175-198.

Delić, A., Kučinić, M., Bučar, M., Lazar, B., Mrakovčić, M. 2003. Morphometric and meristic characteristics of the Goldside Loach Sabanejewia balcanica (Cobitidae) in central Croatia. Folia Biologica 51: 33-38.