Research Advisor

Assistant Professor

Foreign member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and  Arts

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Research interests

Research interests:

  • vegetetation ecology/Phytosociology (strukture, sistematics, ecology, dynamics and horology of plant communities)
  • landscape ecology
  • floristics


Leading functions and work in commissions:

  • head of the Institute of Biology (1995-2003),
  • national coordinator for the field of biology (Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology) (2000-2002), member of the Committee for Natural and Cultural Heritage (1998-2000) at the same ministry,
  • member of the Expert Council for the Science for the Youth Movement (at the same Ministry) (2003-2006),
  • representative of Slovenia in the international organization Global Biodiversity Information Facility (1999-2001),
  • president of the Easten Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology (2001-2005), vice-president (2005-),
  • editor-in-chief of the journal Hacquetia (2002-2005), member of editorial boards of the journals Hacquetia, Hladnikia, Acta Botanica Croatica, Fitosociologia (Pavia) and Godišnji zbornik (=Biologica Macedonica),
  • member of committee for evaluation (also as a supervisor) of BSc, MSc and PhD in the field of vegetation science in Slovenia and abroad and member of international scientific boards of symposia,
  • member of the expert committee for Habitat directive and committee for completion of typology of habitats in Slovenia at Ministry for environment and physical planning of RS,
  • member of the following organization: OPTIMA (Organization for Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area), IAVS (Interational association for vegetation science), DBS (Slovenian society of biologists), BDS (Botanical society of Slovenia), PAZU (Academic-scientific union of Pomurje region), Easternalpine and dinaric society for vegetation ecology.


Leading of research activities:

  • team leader of the program group: Flora, fauna and vegetation of Slovenia and neighboring regions (1997-2008) and Biodiversity and gradients (2009-2011),
  • in the last period he was a team leader of the following projects: Succession line of birch forests in SE Slovenia, Impact of past land use on recent forest vegetation, Ecological circumstances as a basis for forest management, Analysis of the succession and structural changes during vegetation regeneration on the site of Pinus brutia forests, Annual plant species in dry grasslands in the transitional area between Eurosibirian-Northamerican and Mediterranean regions, Landscape within the military training camp Krivolak in Macedonia, its natural characteristics, anthropogenic impact and possibilities for sustainable development of the region, Comparison of selected forest and non-forest ecosystems in Slovenia and Croatia, Vegetation of dry grasslands in the southern part of the Balkan peninsula, Floristical, ecological and structural changes of shrub vegetation in the transitional zone between Mediterranean and eurosibirian regions; Forest vegetation of the Galičica mountain range; Mapping of non-forest vegetation of Slovenia (some regions) and participated several other projects (e.g. TransEcoNet).


Training, reseach and pedagogical activites abroad:

  • Botanisches Institut, Vienna University, Vienna, Austria; Centre internationale de Phytosociologie, Bailleul, France; Institut für Phisyologie, Vienna University, Vienna, Austria; Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Skopje, Macedonia; Southwest Anatolia Forest Research Institute, Antalya, Turkey; Šumarski fakultet Zagreb,Croatia; Unit of Vegetation Science, Lancaster University, United Kingdom; Universita degli studi di Ancona, Ancona, Italia.

Pedagogical activities:

  • Botany. School for viticulture and enology, University of Nova Gorica, BSc studies,
  • Fitosociology. Biotechnical faculty, University of  Ljubljana, MSc studies, 
  • Ecology and Selected topics from fitosociology. Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljublana, PhD program - biosciences,
  • Overview of forest communties in Slovenia.  Faculty for natural sciences and mathematics, University of Maribor, BSc studies,
  • Selected topics from forest vegetation of Slovenia. Faculty for natural sciences and mathematics, University of Maribor, PhD – ecological sciences.


Supervisor of the following postgraduate students:

  • Urban Šilc: MA in 2000, PhD in 2003
  • Petra Košir: PhD in 2004
  • Igor Zelnik: MA in 2003, PhD in 2005
  • Daniela Ribeiro: MA in 2011
  • Andrej Paušič: since 2008
  • Aleksander Marinšek: since 2009
  • Vladimir Stupar: since 2010
Selected publications

Trifolio-Geranietea vegetations in south and southeast Europe, Andraž Čarni. 2005

Changes in weed vegetation on extensively managed fields of central Slovenia between 1939 and 2002, Urban Šilc, Andraž Čarni. 2005

Comparison of short-lived ruderal vegetation of the inland and coastal regions in the southern part of the Balkan peninsula, Andraž Čarni, Vlado Matevski. 2005

Vegetation of trampled habitats in the Prekmurje region (NE Slovenia), Andraž Čarni. 2005

Floristical, ecological and structural diversity of vegetation of forest fringes of the Northern Croatia along a climatic gradient, Andraž Čarni, Josip Franjić, Urban Šilc, Željko Škvorc. 2005

Rasprostranjenost panonskoga crnog gloga (Crataegus nigra Waldst. et Kit.) u Hrvatskoj i njegov značaj u formiranju vegetacije šumskih rubova = Distribution of Crataegus nigra Waldst. et Kit. in Croatia and its importance for forest edge vegetation formation, Josip Franjić, Željko Škvorc, Andraž Čarni. 2006

Illyrian pre-Alpine fir and beech forests - the association Homogyno sylvestris-Fagetum Marinček et al. 1993, Lojze Marinček, Andraž Čarni. 2007

Changes in structure, floristic composition and chemical soil properties in a succession of birch forests, Andraž Čarni, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Urban Šilc, Igor Zelnik. 2007

Formalized classification of the weed vegetation of arable land in Slovenia, Urban Šilc, Andraž Čarni. 2007

Classification and phytogeographical differentiation of broad-leaved ravine forests in southeastern Europe, Petra Košir, Andraž Čarni, Romeo Di Pietro. 2008

Phytosociological alliances in the vegetation of arable fields in the northwestern Balkan Peninsula, Urban Šilc, Sava Vrbničanin, Dragana Božić, Andraž Čarni, Zora Dajić Stevanović. 2008

Wet meadows of the alliance Molinion Koch 1926 and their environmental gradients in Slovenia, Igor Zelnik, Andraž Čarni. 2008

Distribution of plant communities, ecological strategy types and diversity along a moisture gradient, Igor Zelnik, Andraž Čarni. 2008

Litter-raking forests in SE Slovenia and in Croatia, Urban Šilc, Andraž Čarni, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Igor Zelnik. 2008

New and validated high-rank syntaxa from Europe, Ladislav Mucina, Jürgen Dengler, Erwin Bergmeier, Andraž Čarni, Panayotis Dimopoulos, Ralf Jahn, Vlado Matevski. 2009

Thermophilous deciduous forests in Southeastern Europe, Andraž Čarni, Petra Košir, Branko Karadžić, Vlado Matevski, Sulejman Redžić, Željko Škvorc. 2009

Weed vegetation in the north-western Balkans : diversity and species composition, Urban Šilc, Sava Vrbničanin, Dragana Božić, Andraž Čarni, Zora Dajić Stevanović. 2009

Diversity and ecological differentiation of oak forests in NW Thrace (Turkey), Ali Kavgaci, Andraž Čarni, H.B. Tecimen, G. Ozalp. 2010

Vegetation of temporary ponds in cold holes in the Taurus mountain chain (Turkey), Ali Kavgaci, Andraž Čarni, Saime Başaran, Mehmet Ali Başaran, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Urban Šilc. 2010

Notes on phytosociology of Juniperus excelsa in Macedonia (Southern Balkan Peninsula), Vlado Matevski, Andraž Čarni, Mitko Kostadinovski, Aleksander Marinšek, Ladislav Mucina, Andrej Paušič, Urban Šilc. 2010

Long-term post-fire succession of Pinus brutia forest in the east Mediterranean, Ali Kavgaci, Andraž Čarni, Saime Başaran, Mehmet Ali Başaran, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Urban Šilc. 2010

Revegetation of motorway slopes using different seed mixtures, Igor Zelnik, Urban Šilc, Andraž Čarni, Petra Košir. 2010

Vegetation along mountain streams in the southern part of the Republic of Macedonia, Andraž Čarni, Vlado Matevski. 2010

Morphological, chorological and ecological plasticity of Cistus incanus in the southern Balkans, Andraž Čarni, Vlado Matevski, Urban Šilc. 2010

Altimontanski bukovi gozdovi podzveze Saxifrago-Fagenion (Aremonio-Fagion) = Altimontane beech forest of the suballiance Saxifrago-Fagenion (Aremonio-Fagion), Lojze Marinček, Andraž Čarni. 2010

Prostorska analiza in modeliranje vzorca pojavljanja mokrotnih travnikov (Molinion caeruleae Koch 1926) na Goričkem = Spatial analysis and modeling of distribution pattern of wet meadows (Molinion caeruleae Koch 1926) in Goričko, Andrej Paušič, I. Somodi, Andraž Čarni. 2011

Vzorci razširjenosti invazivne vrste Robinia pseudacacia v severovzhodni Sloveniji = Distribution patterns of the invasive species Robinia pseudacacia in NE Slovenia, Daniela Ribeiro, Andraž Čarni, I. Somodi. 2011

Diversity of floodplain forests in the Igneada region (NW Thrace-Turkey), Ali Kavgaci, Andraž Čarni, H.B. Tecimen, G. Ozalp. 2011

Plant communities in gradients, Andraž Čarni, Nina Juvan, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Andrej Paušič, Urban Šilc. 2011

Vegetation of forest fringes on shallow dolomite bedrock in Central Slovenia, Andraž Čarni. 2007. Skopje: Makedonska akademija na naukite i umetnostite

Flora and vegetation of the Macedonian steppe = Flora i vegetacija na makedonskata stepa = Flora in vegetacija makedonske stepe, Vlado Matevski, Andraž Čarni, Mitko Kostadinovski, Petra Košir, Urban Šilc, Igor Zelnik. 2008. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU

Komentar k vegetacijski karti gozdnih združb Slovenije v merilu 1:50.000 - list Murska Sobota = Commentary to the vegetation map of forest communities of Slovenia in scale 1:50.000 - section Murska Sobota, Andraž Čarni, Petra Košir, Lojze Marinček, Aleksander Marinšek, Urban Šilc, Igor Zelnik. 2008. Murska Sobota: Pomurska akademsko znanstvena unija - PAZU

Forest vegetation of the Galičica mountain range in Macedonia = Šumskata vegetacija na planinata Galičica vo Makedonija = Gozdna vegetacija gorovja Galičica v Makedoniji, Vlado Matevski, Andraž Čarni, Oliver Avramoski, Nina Juvan, Mitko Kostadinovski, Petra Košir, Aleksander Marinšek, Andrej Paušič, Urban Šilc. 2011. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, Nacionalen park

All publications (COBISS) >>
Selected projects

Gradients and biodiversity: flora, fauna and vegetation (research programme • 1 January 200931 December 2012)

Impact of Past Landscape management on Current Forest Vegetation (applied research project • 1 July 200730 June 2010)

Forest Vegetation of the Galičica mountain range (applied research project • 1 June 200915 November 2010)

Other projects >>
Curriculum Vitae

Born 11. 8.1962 in Ljubljana, married, two sons.

  • bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Ljubljana (1987),
  • master of Biological Sciences, University of Ljubljana (1991),
  • PhD of Biological Sciences, University of Ljubljana (1994).


  • Institute of Biology, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1988,
  • University of Nova Gorica since 2008.