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Affiliation: University of Montenegro

Position, academic degree, rank: D. Sc., Prof.

Address: Džordža Vašingtona bb, Podgorica, 81000, Montenegro



Research area:

marine mites, ecology of macroinvertebrates, biodiversity, and its conservation. V. Pešić has described about 300 new species from all parts of the world and is the author of more than 260 scientific papers and 2 monographs.


Membership in editorial boards, scientific communities, and other organizations:

member of the international editorial board – scientific journal Acarologia;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Biodiversity and Sustainable Development;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Biologia Nyssana;

editor-in-chief – scientific journal Ecologica Montenegrina;

member of the advisory board – scientific journal Ecologia Balkanica;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal European Journal of Environmental Sciences;

member of the international editorial board – scientific journal International Journal of Ecosystems and Ecology Science;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Natura Montenegrina;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Persian Journal of Acarology;

member of the editorial board – scientific journal Vestnik zoologii;

subject editor – scientific journal ZooKeys;

member of the advisory board – scientific journal Zoology in the Middle East.



Myśliwy M., Pešić V. Tall herb fringe vegetation on banks of Montenegrin rivers as a habitat type of European importance. Water, 2023, vol. 15, iss. 20, art. no. 3684 (21 p).


Dmitrović D., Savić A., Šukalo G., Pešić V. An updated checklist of freshwater gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with emphasis on crenobiotic species. Diversity, 2023, vol. 15, iss. 3, art. no. 357 (18 p.).


Pešić V., Smit H., Gurung M. M. Five new species of water mite genus Atractides Koch, 1837 from Bhutan with new records (Acari: Hydrachnidia: Hygrobatidae). Acarologia, 2023, vol. 63, iss. 1, pp. 148–168.


Pešić V., Jovanović M., Oliveira A. E., Pedro A., Freira M., Morais M. M. New records of water mites (Acari, Hydrachnidia) from Portugal revealed by DNA barcoding, with the description of Atractides marizae sp. nov. ZooKeys, 2023, iss. 1151, pp. 205–222.


Smit H., Pešić V. A new species of the water mite genus Austraturus K. O. Viets, 1978 from Victoria, Australia (Acari: Aturidae: Notoaturinae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 2023, vol. 82, pp. 49–53.


Gadawski P., Montagna M., Rossaro B., Giłka W., Pešić V., Grabowski M., Magoga G. DNA barcoding of Chironomidae from the Lake Skadar region: Reference library and a comparative analysis of the European fauna. Diversity and Distributions, 2022, vol. 28, iss. 12, pp. 2838–2857.


Pešić V., Esen Y., Gülle P., Zawal A., Saboori A., Jovanović M., Bańkowska A., Smit H. New records of water mites from Turkey and Iran revealed by DNA barcoding, with the description of a new species (Acari, Hydrachnidia). Systematic and Applied Acarology, 2022, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 1393–1407.


Pešić V., Smit H. Hydrodroma angelieri (Acari, Hydrachnidia: Hydrodromidae) a new water mite species from Corsica based on morphological and DNA barcode evidence. Acarologia, 2022, vol. 62, iss. 1, pp. 3–11.


Kvist S., Utevsky S., Marrone F., Ben Ahmed R., Gajda Ł., Grosser C., Huseynov M., Jueg U., Khomenko A., Oceguera-Figueroa A., Pešić V., Pupins M. Extensive sampling sheds light on species-level diversity in Palearctic Placobdella (Annelida: Clitellata: Glossiphoniiformes). Hydrobiologia, 2022, vol. 849, iss. 5, pp. 1239–1259.


Pakulnicka J., Buczynski P., Buczynska E., Stępien E., Szlauer-Łukaszewska A., Stryjecki R., Bankowska A., Pešić V., Filip E., Zawal A. Sequentiality of beetle communities in the longitudinal gradient of a lowland river in the context of the river continuum concept. PeerJ, 2022, vol. 10, art. no. e13232 (32 p.).


Savić A., Zawal A., Stępień E., Pešić V., Stryjecki R., Pietrzak L., Filip E., Skorupski J., Szlauer-Łukaszewska A. Main macroinvertebrate community drivers and niche properties for characteristic species in urban/rural and lotic/lentic systems. Aquatic Sciences, 2022, vol. 84, iss. 1, art. no. 1 (14 p.).


Stryjecki R., Zawal A., Krepski T., Stępien E., Buczynska E., Buczynski P., Czachorowski S., Jankowiak Ł., Pakulnicka J., Sulikowska-Drozd A., Pešić V., Michonski G., Grabowski M., Jabłońska A., Achrem M., Olechwir T., Pietrzak L., Szlauer-Łukaszewska A. Anthropogenic transformations of river ecosystems are not always bad for the environment: Multi-taxa analyses of changes in aquatic and terrestrial environments after dredging of a small lowland river. PeerJ, 2021, vol. 9, art. no. e12224 (21 p.).


Zawal A., Czernicki T., Michoński G., Bańkowska A., Stryjecki R., Pešić V., Achrem M., Skorupski J., Pakulnicka J., Szlauer-Łukaszewska A. Freezing: How do water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) survive exposure to sub-zero temperatures? Experimental and Applied Acarology, 2021, vol. 84, iss. 3, pp. 565–583.


Szlauer-Lukaszewska A., Pešić V. Habitat factors differentiating the occurrence of Ostracoda (Crustacea) in the floodplain of a small lowland River Krąpiel (N-W Poland). Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 2020, iss. 421, art. no. 23 (11 p.).


Jabłońska A., Wrzesińska W., Zawal A., Pešić V., Grabowski M. Long-term within-basin isolation patterns, different conservation units, and interspecific mitochondrial DNA introgression in an amphipod endemic to the ancient Lake Skadar system, Balkan Peninsula. Freshwater Biology, 2020, vol. 65, iss. 2, pp. 209–225.


Dmitrović D., Pešić V. An updated checklist of leeches (Annelida: Hirudinea) from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ecologica Montenegrina, 2020, vol. 29, pp. 10–19.


Savić A., Dmitrović D., Glöer P., Pešić V. Assessing environmental response of gastropod species in karst springs: What species response curves say us about niche characteristic and extinction risk? Biodiversity and Conservation, 2020, vol. 29, iss. 3, pp. 695–708.


Vukašinović-Pešić V., Blagojević N., Brašanac-Vukanović S., Savić A., Pešić V. Using chemometric analyses for tracing the regional origin of multifloral honeys of Montenegro. Foods, 2020, vol. 9, iss. 2, art. no. 210 (9 p.).


Marinković N., Karadžić B., Stamenković V. S., Pešić V., Nikolić V., Paunović M., Raković M. Chorological and ecological differentiation of the commonest leech species from the suborder Erpobdelliformes (Arhynchobdellida, Hirudinea) on the Balkan Peninsula. Water, 2020, vol. 12, iss. 2, art. no. 356 (14 p.).


Pešić V., Smit H., Negi Sh., Bahuguna P. D., Anoop K. Torrenticolid water mites of India with description of three new species (Acari: Hydrachnidia, Torrenticolidae). Systematic and Applied Acarology, 2020, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 255–267.


Weigand H., Beermann A., Čiampor F. … Pešić V. et al. DNA barcode reference libraries for the monitoring of aquatic biota in Europe: Gap-analysis and recommendations for future work. Science of the Total Environment, 2019, vol. 678, pp. 499–524.


Pešić V., Dmitrović D., Savić A., Milošević D., Zawal A., Vukašinović-Pešić V., Von Fumetti S. Application of macroinvertebrate multimetrics as a measure of the impact of anthropogenic modification of spring habitats. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2019, vol. 29, iss. 3, pp. 341–352.


Pešić V., Asadi M., Etemadi I., Smit H. New records of water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia) from the Khuzestan Province (South Iran) with description of three new species. Zootaxa, 2019, vol. 4559, no. 3, pp. 550–558.


Berlajolli V., Płóciennik M., Antczak-Orlewska O., Pešić V. The optimal time for sampling macroinvertebrates and its implications for diversity indexing in rheocrenes – case study from the Prokletije Mountains. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 2019, vol. 420, art. no. 6, 9 p.