Vid is a PhD student at the department of Effect-Directed Analysis since December 2017. In his project, he focuses on effects of genotoxic substances on freshwater amphipods. He is interested in the effects of potentially genotoxic substances in the effluents from wastewater treatment plants on the genetic diversity of amphipods living in affected habitats. His main tasks include chemical screening of the water samples using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, genetic comparison of amphipod populations and a variety of bioassays.
Vid completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees at the University of Ljubljana where he worked on the diversity and evolution of freshwater amphipods. During his Master's, he also studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in the program Evolutionary Genomics, Ecology and Systematics. In his Master’s thesis, Vid analyzed the morphological, ecological, and genetic diversity of cryptic amphipod species from the genus Niphargus. Additionally, he has performed an internship at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, worked in the Zoological State Collection in Munich, and did a research stay at the EAWAG center for aquatic research in Zurich where he focused on the physiological and ecological diversity of freshwater amphipods.
In his free time, Vid enjoys photography and butterfly diversity research.
A current list of publications can be found at Researchgate.