Mirza Čengić

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Mirza Čengić

Department of Environmental Science
Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR)
Faculty of Science
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9010 (mailbox 89)
6500 GL Nijmegen
The Netherlands

E-mail: M.Cengic@science.ru.nl

Tel: +31-(0)24-3652060

Visiting address:
Heyendaalseweg 135 (room HG02.628), 6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Bachelor: Biology/Ecology at the University of Sarajevo:
BSc thesis – Forming the GIS database of herpetofauna of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Thesis involved creating the GIS database of amphibians and reptiles occuring in Bosnia and Herzegovina and assessing the biodiversity as well as the sampling effort.

Master: Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modeling and Management at Lund University and University of Twente.
MSc thesis: Does the Natura 2000 network really protect the species? A case study of the Cretan herpetofauna.
Master thesis work focused on assessing the impact of protected areas (Natura 2000 network) on amphibians and reptiles on Crete, Greece. This involved expanding the data on known occurrences of amphibians and reptiles by doing field work, modeling their distribution and assessing the importance of Natura 2000 Special Areas of Conservation for the conservation of amphibian and reptile species. This project involved collaboration with ITC (University of Twente) and Natural History Museum of Crete University (NHMC).

Current projects:
My current work focuses on assessing the impact of human activities on biodiversity and the living environment in general. I am particularly interested in analyzing global change of land cover through time at very high spatial scales, and the drivers of land cover change as well as the potential impact on biodiversity in various scenarios. My other project also follows the main theme of human impact on biodiversty. More specifically, the goal is to model on the global scale the distribution of amphibian species and to project those models under current and future scenarios of climate and land use change. These projects are implemented in collaboration with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

last update: 19 October 2017