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Pleslić, G., Rako Gospić, N., Mackelworth, P., Wiemann, A., Holcer, D., & Fortuna, C. (2015). The abundance of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the former special marine reserve of the Cres‐Lošinj Archipelago, Croatia. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems25(1), 125-137.

Katsanevakis, S.,  Levin, N., Coll, M., Giakoumi, S. Shkedig, D., Mackelworth, P., Levy, R., Velegrakis, A., Koutsoubas, D., Caric, H., Brokovich, E., Ozturk, B. & Kark, S. (2015) Marine conservation challenges in an era of economic crisis and geopolitical instability: The case of the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Policy, 51: 31-39.



Carić, H. & Mackelworth, P. (2014). Cruise tourism environmental impacts - the perspective from the Adriatic sea. Ocean and Coastal Management, 102: 350-363.

Herceg-Romanić, S., Holcer, D., Lazar, B., Klinčić, D., Mackelworth, P. & Fortuna, C. (2014). Organochlorine contaminants in tissues of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the north-eastern part of the Adriatic Sea. Environmental Toxicology, 38: 469-479.

Batel, A., Basta, J. & Mackelworth, P. (2014). Valuing visitor willingness to pay for marine conservation - the case of the proposed Cres-Lošinj Marine Protected Area, Croatia. Ocean and Coastal Management, 95: 72-80.

Fortuna, C. M., Kell, L., Holcer, D., Canese, S., Filidei, E., Mackelworth, P., Donovan, G. (2014). Summer distribution and abundance of the giant devil ray (Mobula mobular) in the Adriatic Sea: baseline data for an iterative management framework. Scientia Marina, 78(2).



Rako, N., Vilibić, I., & Mihanović, H. (2013). Mapping underwater sound noise and assessing its sources by using a self-organizing maps methodThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America133(3), 1368-1376.

Rako, N., Picciulin, M., Vilibić, I., & Fortuna, C. M. (2013). Spatial and temporal variability of sea ambient noise as an anthropogenic pressure index: the case of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago, Croatia. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom93(01), 27-36.

Mackelworth, P., Holcer, D.  & Fortuna, C.M. (2013). Unbalanced governance: the Cres-Lošinj Special Marine Reserve, a missed conservation opportunity. Marine Policy, 41: 126-133.

Mackelworth, P., Holcer, D. & Lazar, B. (2013). Using conservation as a tool to resolve conflict, establishing the Piran Savudrija International Marine Peace Park. Marine Policy 39: 112-119.

Becker, E., Pavlovic, A., Nemet, S. & Mackelworth, P. (2013). Legal Issues Concerning the Cres-Lošinj Marine Habitat and Protected Area Legislation in Croatia. Environs, UC Davis, Environmental Law and Policy Journal 37(1): 1-24.

Gaspari, S., Holcer, D., Fortuna, C., Frantzis, A., Genov, T., Vighia, M., Natalia, C., Mackelworth, P., Rako, N., Banchi, E., Chelazzia, G. & Ciofi, C. (2013). Population genetic structure of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Adriatic Sea and contiguous regions: implications for international conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 25(2): 212-222.

Micheli, F., Levin, N., Giakoumi, S., Katsanevakis, S., Abdulla, A., Coll, M., Fraschetti, S., Kark, S., Koutsoubas, D., Mackelworth, P., Maiorano, L. & Possingham, H. (2013). Setting priorities for regional conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS One, 04/2013; 8(4):e59038.

Rako, N., Picciulin, M., Fortuna, C.M., Nimak-Wood, M., Mackelworth, P., Pleslić, G., Holcer, D., Wiemann, A., Sebastianutto, L. & Vilibić, I. (2013). Leisure boating noise as a trigger for the displacement of the bottlenose dolphins of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago (northern Adriatic Sea, Croatia). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 68(1-2): 77-84.

Holcer, D., Lazar, B., Mackelworth, P. & Fortuna, C.M. (2013). Rare or just unknown? The occurrence of the giant devil ray (Mobula mobular) in the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29(1):138-144.



Lazar, B., Holcer, D., Mackelworth, P., Klinčić, D. & Herceg Romanić, S. (2012). Organochlorine contaminant levels in tissues of a short-beaked common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, from the northern Adriatic Sea. Natura Croatica 21(2): 391-401.

Mackelworth, P. (2012). Peace parks and transboundary initiatives: implications for marine conservation and spatial planning. Conservation Letters 5: 90-98.

Rako, N., Picculin, M., Mackelworth, P., Holcer, D. & Fortuna, C.M. (2012). Long-Term Monitoring of Anthropogenic Noise and Its Relationship to Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Distribution in the Cres-Lošinj Archipelago, Northern Adriatic, Croatia. In: Popper, A. & Hawkins, A. (eds.). The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 730, Pp 323-325.



Bearzi G., Pierantonio N., Affronte M., Holcer D., Maio N., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2011. Overview of sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus mortality events in the Adriatic Sea, 1555-2009. Mammal Review, 41, 276-293.

Mackelworth, P. & Jovanovic, J. (2011). Zaštićena područja - temelj za očuvanje prirode ili podloga za održivi razvoj? Primjer zaštićenog područja mora u cresko-lošinjskom arhipelagu (Protected areas for conservation or sustainable development? The example of the marine protected area in the Cres-Lošinj archipelago). Hrvatski geografski glasnik (Croatian Geographical Bulletin), 73(1): 229-244;

Mackelworth, P. (2011). The Marine Peace Park Paradigm: coast to coast international marine parks in the Mediterranean. Pages 27-32 in CIESM (2011) Marine Peace Parks in the Mediterranean - A CIESM proposal. No 41. In CIESM Workshop Monographs [F. Briand Ed.] 128 pages, Monaco;

Beqiraj, S., Fraschetti, S., Gačič, M., Joksimović, A., Mackelworth, P., Mascle, J., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., & Odorico, R. (2011). Scientific rationale for the proposed CIESM South Adriatic Sea Marine Peace Park. Pages 75-86 in CIESM (2011) Marine Peace Parks in the Mediterranean - A CIESM proposal. No 41. In CIESM Workshop Monographs [F. Briand Ed.] 128 pages, Monaco;

Mackelworth, P. (2011). A call for a trans-boundary Marine Protected Area for the Northern Adriatic, can conservation succeed where politics failed? Varstvo Narave, Supplement 1: 117-129.

Nimak-Wood, M., Pleslić, G., Rako, N., Mackelworth, P., Holcer, D. & Fortuna, C. (2011). Presence of a Solitary Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in Mali Lošinj Harbour, Northern Adriatic, Croatia. Vie et Milieu/Life & Environment, 61(2): 87-93.

Mackelworth, P., Holcer, D., Jovanović, J. & Fortuna, C. (2011). Marine conservation and accession, the future for the Croatian Adriatic. Environmental Management, 47(4): 644-655.

Mackelworth, P. & Holcer, D. (2011). The Cres-Lošinj Special Marine Reserve - governance analysis. Pages 206- 222 in PJS Jones, W Qiu and EM De Santo (Eds) Governing Marine Protected Areas: getting the balance right - Volume 2. Technical Report to Marine & Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UNEP, Nairobi. ISBN: 978-92-807-3159-0.

Lazar, B., Maslov, L., Herceg Romanić, S., Gračan, R., Krauthacker, B., Holcer, D., Tvrtković, N. (2011) Organochlorine contaminants in loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, from eastern Adriatic Sea. Chemosphere, 82, 121-129.



Fortuna, C.M., Vallini, C., Filidei Jr, E., Ruffino, M., Consalvo, I., di Muccio, S., Gion, C., Scacco, U., Tarulli, E., Giovanardi, O., Mazzola, A., 2010 By-catch of cetaceans and other species of conservation concern during pair trawl fishing operations in the Adriatic Sea (Italy). Chem. Ecol. 26, 65-76.

Jovanović, J., Galić, J. & Mackelworth, P. (2010). Odraz gašenja otočnih pogona za preradu ribe na depopulaciju Hrvatskih otoka (The Impact of Closing Fish Processing Plants onto the Process of Depopulation of Croatian Islands). Naše more (Our Sea) 57 (3-4): 153-163.

Mackelworth, P. & Carić, H. (2010). Gatekeepers of Island Communities - Exploring the Pillars of Sustainable Development. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 12(4): 463-480.

Maltese S, Marsili L., Bartolini M., Coppola D., Casini S., De Stephanis R., Fortuna C. M., Canese S.,  Lauriano G., Holcer D., Urban J., Fossi M. C. 2010 Ecotoxicological status of Tursiops truncatus in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez-Mexico) using skin biopsy as diagnostic tool. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 157, Supplement 1, 26 pp

Rako N., Picciulin M, Mackelworth P, Holcer D, Fortuna C. M. 2010. Long-Term Monitoring of Anthropogenic noise and its relationship to bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)  distribution in the Cres-Lošinj Archipelago, Northern Adriatic, Croatia. In „The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life", Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Popper A. N.,  Hawkins A (Ur), 323 - 325.

Lazar, B., Žuljević, A., Holcer, D. 2010. Diet composition of a green turtle, Chelonia mydas, from the Adriatic Sea. Natura Croatica 19: 263-271.



Rako, N., Holcer, D., Fortuna, C. M. 2009. Long-term inshore observation of a solitary striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, in the Vinodol Channel, Northern Adriatic Sea (Croatia). Natura Croatica, 18, 427-436



Lazar, B., Lipej, L., Holcer, D., Onofri, V., Žiža, V., Tutman, P., Marčelja, E., Tvrtković, N. (2008) Occurrence of the leatherback turtles Dermochelys coriacea in the eastern Adriatic Sea. Vie Et Milieu, 58: 237-241.



Holcer, D., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Fortuna, C. M., Lazar, B., Onofri, V. 2007. Occurrence of Cuvier's beaked whales in the southern Adriatic Sea: evidence of an important Mediterranean habitat. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, 359-362.



Bearzi, G., Holcer, D., Di Sciara, G. N. 2004. The role of historical dolphin takes and habitat degradation in shaping the present status of northern Adriatic cetaceans. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 14, 363-379.

Lazar, B., Blanuša, M., Holcer, D., Tvrtković, N. 2004. Bioaccumulation of metals in tissues of loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, from eastern Adriatic Sea In: Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. p 135. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-567, Miami, USA, 2008. 237 pp.

Lazar, B., Blanuša, M., Holcer, D., Oršolić, N., Tvrtković, N. 2004. Growth-related changes in pectoral Fe accumulation in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and its implications for diving physiology. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. p 21. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-567, Miami, USA, 2008. 237 pp.



Lauriano, G., Mackelworth, P., Fortuna, C.M., Moltedo, G., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., 2003. Densità e abbondanza del tursiope (Tursiops truncatus) nel parco nazionale dell'Asinara, Sardegna. Biol. Mar. Mediterr. 10, 848-852.



Lazar, B., Tvrtković, N., Gerosa, G., Holcer, D. & Grbac, I. 2000. Potential loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting beaches along the southern coast of Croatia. In: Proceedings of the 19th Sea Turtle Symposium, Vol. 433 (Kalb, H. & Wiebbels, T., eds.). pp. 254-257. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC, Miami, USA.