Pavica’s interests lie in the areas of benthic ecology and conservation biology. She earned Bachelor of Science degree in Biology-Ecology in 2004 from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where she gained interest in benthic ecology through collaboration on several projects within this field. Experience of working in the National Park on the Adriatic coast gave her insight into conservation issues, especially the issues of the invasive marine species in the marine protected areas that can substantially alternate marine ecosystems.
Pavica started her graduate study in Biological Oceanography in 2007. She works as research assistant on FOODBANCS II project, which focuses on bentho-pelagic coupling and climate change in Antartica. Within the project, her focus is on the benthic ecology of the Antarctic Peninsula region; in particular, how the community structure and biomass of shelf benthos vary latitudinally, i.e., with variations in sea ice duration. She will study macrofaunal and megafaunal community structure along this transect.
Current Research and Collaborations
- FOODBANCS II
- ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION OF MANGROVES IN HAWAII