Within the TurtleBIOME project, we have a successful partnership with many renowned scientists and institutions worldwide. Among our project interests are epizoic diatoms associated with sea turtles and we have a very strong and fruitful collaboration with the group of scientists that have a similar research interest.

To obtain our samples from loggerhead sea turtles living in different areas across the Mediterranean Sea we collaborate with many researchers and personnel working in various NGOs and institutions. Our main collaboration partner is Marine turtles rescue centre in Aquarium Pula, Croatia and we have also a very successful partnership with Blue World Institute , Croatia.

Our international partners include ARCHELON, Greece and Sea Turtle Clinic at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy.

Epizoic diatom scientists

Dr. Roksana Majewska

School of Biological Sciences, North-West University (NWU), South Africa / Nord University Bodø, Norway

Prof. Bart Van de Vijver

Research Department, Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium

Dr. Matt Ashworth

 Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

Dr. Thomas Frankovich

Florida International University; Florida, USA


Other Collaborators

Dr. Adriana Trotta, DVM

Department of Veterinary Medicine, University Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy

Karin Spiech

Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Aquarium Pula, Croatia

Dr. Milena Mičić

Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Aquarium Pula, Croatia

Mateja Zekan Lupić

Sea Turtle Recovery Centre, Blue World Institute, Croatia

Institutions and Organisations

Turtlediatoms scientists at EDM2023, Meise, Belgium. From left to right: Lucija, Matt, Sunčica, Bart, Roksana and Margot
At Blue World visitor center, Veli Lošinj, Croatia. From left to right: Lucija, Klara, Sunčica, Tina and Mateja