January 13, 2020 – We are very pleased to welcome the renowned Professor Tarzan Legović, PhD. to our team in positions of Head of our new Data Science Laboratory and of President of the Scientific Council at Oikon.
Prof. Legović holds Ph.D. in physics from the University of Zagreb. He has been elected President of the International Society for Ecological modelling since 2017. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a member of the Compliance Committee to the Barcelona Convention. From 2003 to 2016 he served as a Chairman of the Division for Marine and Environmental Research at the “R. Bošković” Institute in Zagreb where he founded and led the Laboratory for Informatics and Environmental Modelling. He was also a founding member of three Ph.D. Schools “Environmental Management” and “Oceanology” at the University of Zagreb and “Nature and Environmental Protection” at the University of Osijek. During 1991 he received the top state award “R. Bošković” for an outstanding scientific discovery.
Since his M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, Canada, his scientific research is in ecological modelling and biostatistics. On these subjects he taught over 50 courses at 18 universities in Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa. He is the author or co-author of 184 scientific, technical and popular papers and co-author/editor of 39 books. Until now he mentored 18 candidates who obtained their Ph.D. in USA, Austria and Croatia. He organized over 50 conferences and held over 180 invited lectures on the theory and applications of ecological modelling and biostatistics. He also lead or cooperated until successful completion of 92 projects for external clients including such as World Bank, UNESCO, UNEP, NASA, NORAD, AVA-Singapore and ministries of science in Spain, Switzerland, UK, France and Germany. Many of the projects included EIA and SEA of various industrial installations and sectors.
His research results include, but are not limited to: a new inverse modelling method for estimation of diffuse sources in aquatic environment, a new model of phytoplankton dynamics dependent on multiple nutrients; maximum sustainable yield in multispecies fisheries; carrying capacity of aquaculture; impact of aquaculture, marinas and ports, hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants on aquatic environment; a new method for calculating carrying capacity of visitors to nature protected areas; a comprehensive method for estimating ethics of nature protection; the maximum contribution of ecology to sustainability of economy; a mathematical definition of sustainability and sustainable development.