Jelena Godrijan, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 422
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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BSc, Biology-ecology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

PhD, Oceanology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Research Interests

My research interest focuses on phytoplankton and its role in the global biogeochemical cycles. My main motivation is to find out how is it possible that such tiny creatures have such power to shape the marine environment, world’s food supply, and in the end even climate. Work I’ve done spanned many aspects of phytoplankton research, from taxonomy and description of a new species, to community analysis, cycles of carbon and phosphorus and responses of single species to different stressors. At Bigelow I will be working on the carbon cycle and coccolithophore mixotrophy in the marine environment.

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  • Godrijan, J., Young, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Precali, R., Pfannkuchen, M. 2018. Coastal zones as important habitats of coccolithophores: A study of species diversity, succession, and life-cycle phases. Limnology and oceanography. 63:1692-1710
  • Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Godrijan, J., Smodlaka Tanković, M., Baričević, A., Kužat, N., Djakovac, T., Pustijanac, E., Jahn, R., Pfannkuchen, M. 2018.The ecology of one cosmopolitan, one newly introduced and one occasionally advected species from the genus Skeletonema in a highly structured ecosystem, the northern Adriatic. Microbial ecology. 75 (3):674-687
  • Novak, T., Godrijan, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Djakovac, T., Mlakar, M., Baricevic, A., Smodlaka Tanković, M., Gašparović, B. 2018. Enhanced dissolved lipid production as a response to the sea surface warming. Journal of marine systems. 180:289-298
  • Grbin, D., Pfannkuchen, M., Babić, I., Mejdandžić, M., Mihanović, H., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Godrijan, J., Peharec Štefanić, P., Olujić, G., Ljubešić, Z. 2017. Multigene phylogeny and morphology of newly isolated strain of Pseudo-nitzschia mannii Amato & Montresor (Adriatic Sea). Diatom research, 32 (1):127-131.
  • Bosak, S., Godrijan, J., Šilović, T. 2016. Dynamics of the marine planktonic diatom family Chaetocerotaceae in a Mediterranean coastal zone. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 180:69-81
  • Ivančić, I., Pfannkuchen, M., Godrijan, J., Djakovac, T., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Korlević, M., Gašparović, B., Najdek, M. 2016. Alkaline phosphatase activity related to phosphorus stress of microphytoplankton in different trophic conditions. Progress in oceanography. 146:175-186
  • Arapov, J., Ujević, I., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Godrijan, J., Bakrač, A., Ninčević Gladan, Ž., Marasović, I. 2016. Domoic acid in phytoplankton net samples and shellfish from the Krka River estuary in the Central Adriatic Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science. 17(2):340-350.
  • Mejdandžić, M., Ljubešić, Z., Ivanković, T., Pfannkuchen, M., Godrijan, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Hrenović, J. 2015. Colonization of diatoms and bacteria on artificial substrates in the northeastern coastal Adriatic Sea. Acta Botanica Croatica, 74(2):407- 422.
  • Nenadović, T., Ljubešić, Z., Šarčević, T., Čižmek, H., Godrijan, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Pfannkuchen, M. 2015. Development of periphytic diatoms on different artificial substrates in the Eastern Adriatic Sea. Acta Botanica Croatica, 74(2):377-392.
  • Hagino, K., Young, J.R., Bown, P.R., Godrijan, J., Kulhanek, D.K., Kogame, K., Horiguchi, T. 2015. Re-discovery of a "living fossil" coccolithophore from the coastal waters of Japan and Croatia. Marine Micropaleontology, 116:28-37.
  • Imešek, M., Pleše, B., Pfannkuchen, M., Godrijan, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Klautau, M., Ćetković, H. 2014. Integrative taxonomy of four Clathrina species of the Adriatic Sea, with the first formal description of Clathrina rubra Sarà, 1958. Organisms diversity & evolution, 14 (1):21-29.
  • Gašparović, B., Godrijan, J., Frka, S., Tomaţić, I., Penezić, A., Marić, D., Djakovac, T., Ivančić, I., Paliaga, P., Lyons, D., Precali, R., Tepić, N. 2013. Adaptation of marine plankton to environmental stress by glycolipid accumulation. Marine Environmental Research, 92:120-132.
  • Viličić D., Kuzmić M., Tomaţić I., Ljubešić Z., Bosak S., Precali R., Djakovac T., Marić D., Godrijan J. 2013. Northern Adriatic phytoplankton response to short Po River discharge pulses during summer stratified conditions. Marine Ecology, 34(4):451-466.
  • Orlić, S., Najdek, M., Supić, N., Ivančić, I., Fuks, D., Blaţina, M., Šilović, T., Paliaga, P., Godrijan, J., Marić, D. 2013. Structure and variability of microbial community at transect crossing a double gyre structure (north-eastern Adriatic Sea). Aquatic microbial ecology, 69:193-203.
  • Marić, D., Frka, S., Godrijan, J., Tomažić, I., Penezić, A., Djakovac, T., Vojvodić, V., Precali, R., Gašparović, B. 2013. Organic matter production during late summer–winter period in a temperate sea. Continental Shelf Research 55(1):52-65.
  • Godrijan, J., Marić, D., Tomaţić, I., Precali, R., Pfannkuchen, M. 2013. Seasonal phytoplankton dynamics in the coastal waters of the north-eastern Adriatic Sea. Journal of sea research, 77: 32-44.
  • Ivančić, I., Godrijan, J., Pfannkuchen, M., Marić, D., Gašparović, B., Djakovac, T., Najdek, M. 2012. Survival mechanisms of phytoplankton in conditions of stratification induced deprivation of orthophosphate: Northern Adriatic case study. Limnology and oceanography, 57(6):1721-1731.
  • Godrijan, J., Marić, D., Imešek, M., Janeković, I., Schweikert, M., Pfannkuchen, M. 2012. Diversity, occurrence, and habitats of the diatom genus Bacteriastrum (Bacillariophyta) in the northern Adriatic Sea, with the description of B. jadranum sp. nov. Botanica marina, 55(4):415-426.
  • Pfannkuchen, M., Godrijan, J., Marić Pfannkuchen, D., Iveša, Lj., Kruţić, P., Ciminiello, P., Dell’Aversano, C., Dello Iacovo, E., Fattorusso, E., Forino, M., Tartaglione, L., Godrijan, M. 2012. Toxin-producing Ostreopsis cf. ovata are likely to bloom undetected along coastal areas. Environmental Science and Technology, 46:5574-5582.
  • Fuks, D., Ivančić, I., Najdek, M., Lučić, D., Njire, J., Godrijan, J., Marić, D., Šilović, T., Paliaga, P., Blaţina, M., Precali, R., Orlić, S. 2012. Changes in the planktonic community structure related to trophic conditions: The case study of the northern Adriatic Sea. Journal of Marine Systems, 96-97:95-102.
  • Marić, D., Kraus, R., Godrijan, J., Supić, N., Djakovac, T., Precali, R. 2012. Phytoplankton response to climatic and anthropogenic influences in the north-eastern Adriatic during the last four decades. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 115:98- 112.
  • Frka, S., Gašparović, B., Marić, D., Godrijan, J., Djakovac, T., Vojvodić, V., Dautović, J., Kozarac, Z. 2011. Phytoplankton driven distribution of dissolved and particulate lipids in a semi-enclosed temperate sea (Mediterranean): Spring to summer situation. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 93:290-304.
  • Ljubešić, Z., Bosak, S., Viličić, D., Borojević, K., Marić, D., Godrijan, J., Ujević, I., Peharec, P., Djakovac, T. 2011. Ecology and taxonomy of potentially toxic Pseudo-nitzschia species in Lim Bay (north-eastern Adriatic Sea). Harmful Algae, 10:713-722.
  • Marić, D., Ljubešić, Z., Godrijan, J., Viličić, D., Ujević, I., Precali, R. 2011. Blooms of the potentially toxic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia calliantha Lundholm, Moestrup & Hasle in coastal waters of the northern Adriatic Sea (Croatia). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 92:323-331.
  • Pletikapić, G., Radić, T. M., Zimmermann, A. H., Svetličić, V., Pfannkuchen, M., Marić, D., Godrijan, J., Ţutić, V. 2011. AFM imaging of extracellular polymer release by marine diatom Cylindrotheca closterium (Ehrenberg) Reiman & J.C. Lewin. Journal of Molecular Recognition, 24:436-445.
  • Pfannkuchen, M., Maric, D., Godrijan, J., Fritz, G., Brümmer, F., Jaklin, A., Hamer, B., Batel, R. 2009. Sponges (Porifera) and eukaryotic, unicellular plankton: A case study on Aplysina aerophoba, Nardo 1886 in the Northern Adriatic. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 382:40-46.

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