Marina Mlakar

Name: Marina Mlakar

Position: Chemist – senior scientist, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb

Nationality:  Croatian, Canadian

Employment Record:
2006 – present: Senior Research Associate, Ruđer Bošković Institute
2004 – 2006: Associate Minister, Ministry of Culture, Division for Nature Protection, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Republic of Croatia
1993 – 1998: Position of Research Associate, Ruđer Bošković Institute
1984 – 1993: Position of Research Assistant, Ruđer Bošković Institute
1981 – 1984: Position of Research Assistant, Ruđer Bošković Institute

1988 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia
1984 M.Sc. in Oceanology, Ruđer Bošković Institute, University of Zagreb
1981 in Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb

Other Trainings:
1997 – 2000: invited professor, Université de Lille, Laboratorie de Chimie Marine et Analytique, France
1996 – 2013: invited professor, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Laboratorium für Anorganische Chemie

Membership in Professional Associations:
Member of Croatian Natural Sciences Society
Member of Croatian-Canadian Academic Society
Member of CIESM (Commission for scientific exploration of Mediterranean Sea)
Member of International Society of Electrochemistry
Member of International Union for Nature Conservation
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art – Scientific council for nature protection
UN, Department for the environment protection, Tokyo, Japan – consultant

Selected bibliography (max 5 titles)
1.Petra Vukosav, Marina Mlakar,  Neven Cukrov, Željko Kwokal & Ivanka Pižeta & Natalija Pavlus & Ivanka Špoljarić, Maja Vurnek, Andrijana Brozinčević and Dario Omanović, 2014. Heavy metal contents in water, sediment and fish in a karst aquatic ecosystem of the Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia). Environ Sci Pollut Res. 21:3826-3839.
2.Staša PUŠKARIĆ, Marina MLAKAR, Petra VUKOSAV, Svjetlana BOBANOVIĆ ĆOLIĆ, Enis HRUSTIĆ, 2012. Flexible Selection of Iron Sources by Marine Microbial Consortia Related to Temperature.RIThink 1:33-38.
3.Vlado Cuculić, Neven Cukrov, Zeljko Kwokal, Marina Mlakar, 2011. Distribution of trace metals in anchialine caves of Adriatic Sea, Croatia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 95:253-263.
4.Petra Vukosav, Vladislav Tomišić, Marina Mlakar, 2010. Iron(III)-Complexes Engaged in the Biochemical Processes in Aqueous Solution, Seawater. II. Voltammetry of Fe(III)-Malate Complexes in Model. Electroanalysis 19: 2179-2186.
5.Vlado Cuculić, Neven Cukrov, Zeljko Kwokal, Marina Mlakar, 2009. Natural and anthropogenic sources of Hg, Cd, Pb, Cu and Zn in seawater and sediment of Mljet National Park, Croatia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 81: 311–320.

Published 38 Current Content scientific articles, more than 70 participations at international congresses with invited presentations, 15 expertises on domestic and international Projects.

Countries of Work Experience: Croatia, France, Switzerland, Japan

Languages:  English, French,Italian, German, Japanese

Research interests:
Development of electrode process mechanisms of various complexes metal –organic ligand and application in voltammetric measurements of trace metals in natural waters considering optimal conditions.
Electrochemical characterisation of trace metals and its interactions with natural organic matter
Study of trace metals distribution and their biogeochemical cycles different compartments of natural aquatic systems (water, sediment, biota), with special focus on Marine National Parks water ecosystems.
Investigations of Fe(III) complexes with natural organic ligands engaged in the biochemical processes in seawater for purpose of possible influence on the CO2 cycle.

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