A one-day seminar of the National Educational Institute of Slovenia that was co-organized with Škocjan Caves Park Slovenia and DOPPS-Birdlife Slovenia took place on March 24 in the Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve. The participants were the mentors of The Škocjan Caves Network of Schools as well as other professors of biology and natural sciences from around Slovenia.
photo 1: Minka Vičar from the National Educational Institute of Slovenia
In the first part we listened to the presentation of caves as underground wetlands delivered by Doc. Dr. Maja Zagmajster, learned about the last discoveries and work on the olm biology from Prof. Dr. Rok Kostanjšek and got informed on the interstitial water as an overlooked underground habitat by Doc. Dr. Simona Prevorčnik.
photo 2: Doc. Dr. Maja Zagmajster, Prof. Dr. Rok Kostanjšek and Doc. Dr. Simona Prevorčnik from the Biotechnical Faculty of the Ljubljana University
After an earned brake, researchers from the Piran Marine Biology Station succeeded the professors from the Biotechnical Faculty of the Ljubljana University. Prof. Dr. Lovrenc Lipej convinced us about the exceptional biodiversity of the Slovene sea, while Prof. Dr. Valentina Turk presented us the demanding research field of microorganisms and its marine ecosystems.
photo 3: Prof. Dr. Lovrenc Lipej and Prof. Dr. Valentina Turk from the Piran Marine Biology Station
Last was biologist Bojana Lipej who explained the methods of field teaching of urban wetlands as habitats in the Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve.
photo 4: Presentation of pedagogical work in the Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve
Wishing that the participants grasped the latest happenings and findings in Slovene biology about the topic, we thank all for their participation.