Wednesday, January 20, 2010


ARKive is an organization that is "Promoting the Conservation of the World's Threatened Species, Through the Power of Wildlife Imagery". They included our material in S. obtusirostris and S. ohridanus sections (with permission).

For undergraduate students

We have added two new thesis titles to the list (Slovenian version here). All undergraduate students interested should contact Aleš.

New thesis titles are:
  • The origins of Slovenian populations of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
    Rainbow trout is not native to Slovenia, but after extensive stocking some self-sustaining viable populations were formed. Students are expected to collect samples from these populations, isolate DNA from fin clips and perform genotypization over a number of highly polymorphic microsatellite loci. Results will be compared to population studies of North-American studies to identify parental population(s).
  • Tolerance of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) embryos to Pseudomonas fluorescens
    P. fluorescens is opportunistic fish pathogen and is not a health risk to people and animals, but it does increase mortality of fish embryos. Experiment is run in parallels with different exposures to P. fluorescens against control (no infection). All phases of embryo development are examined with a microscope, the entire experiment is performed on freshly fertilised fish eggs in our laboratory.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Introducing Nejc

Named Nejc after Neal Armstrong, the greatest man who walked the faces of Earth and Moon (not at the same time). Currently finishing Biology at Universitas Labacensis. In a year and a half I will be on the job market, so anybody interested in me can send an e-mail to

Important information about me: if I was a Transformer, I would be a yellow VW T3 van (Transporter Transformer) with cool Cottus gobio stickers on the hood. C. gobio is a super cool benthic fish and the subject of my graduation thesis. I will try to determine phylogenetic relations between different populations of probably two different species of the Cottus genus. Aleš Snoj is my mentor, I know you are all familiar with his work and describing him would just make me look like an ass kisser. And same goes to all members of BTRG, especially my working chief Anja. Glad to be on baord.