Dr. Jelena Bujan


I am interested in eco-physiological adaptations of insects to thermally stressful environments and the consequences those adaptations have on community structure. 

My previous work was based in Panama, where I tested desiccation resistance and thermal tolerance of canopy and litter ants. I continued my tropical research during a post-doc at University of Louisville where I focused on behavioral adaptations of canopy ants to heat stress, and the effect of long-term soil warming on litter ants.

Currently, I am using a naturally occurring gradients of temperatures, by comparing between different islands of varying sizes that are equidistant from the mainland in Croatia. I have been comparing ant community compositions, functional traits and thermal limits between these islands to quantify the effect of climate on ant communities.

Contact Jelena

University of Lausanne
Office room: 3223
Phone: +4121 692 4249
Fax: +4121 692 4165

Languages: Croatian, English



2019 – present 

Post-doctoral researcher
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Advisor: Prof. Cleo Bertelsmeier
2017 – 2019:Post-doctoral researcher
Biology Department, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Advisor: Prof. Steve Yanoviak
2011 – 2017Ph.D.
Biology Department, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA
Dissertation Title: “The role of biogeochemistry and climate in a Neotropical ant community” 
Advisor: Prof. Mike Kaspari
2004 – 2009BA & M.Ed.
Biology and Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. 
Thesis Title: “Ant fauna (Hymenoptera:Formicidae) in Croatian peat bogs