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College of Agriculture

Ana Medic

Lecturer

Personal Information

Ana Medic came to California State University, Chico in 2012 from Serbia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and Masters of Science degree in ecology and environmental protection from the University of Belgrade. Ana was enrolled in the Professional Science Master’s Program at CSU, Chico. Her master’s project, “Lagoon Systems as a Wastewater Treatment Solution for Puno, Peru” was defended in the fall of 2015. Ana is fluent in English, Spanish, and Serbian. 

Ana’s thesis at the University of Belgrade involved research of endogean insects of Carabidae family in the mountain area of western Serbia. During her studies, she was actively involved with a student organization named “Endemit” and in 2004, this group conducted research on insect biodiversity on National Park Djerdap grounds in Serbia. In Serbia, she also served as a biology consultant. Some of Ana’s duties involved preparation of training materials and conducting seminars Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control permits and waste management for public and private sectors. Her work in preparation of materials and seminars was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia and recycling centers.

After graduating, Ana worked as a biology and science teacher for international schools in Belgrade. The science curriculum included teaching science and biology for the Cambridge International Examination. She also taught biology as part of the International Baccalaureate program. Ana discovered she truly enjoyed teaching and sharing her passion for science with international students and continued her teaching career at CSU, Chico.

Courses

  • PSSC 101: Introduction to Plant Science
  • PSSC 340: Economic Entomology
  • PSSC 343: Introduction to Weed Science
  • PSSC 353: Plant Protection Materials
  • AGRI 490: Agri Experimental Research
  • CIVL 175: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CIVL 431: Environmental Engineering 

Research and Professional Interests

Ana’s current research and interests include solid waste management, water management, and wastewater treatment with an emphasis on lagoon systems. Part of her interest lies in plant science utilizing treated wastewater effluent in drought areas and as a fertilizer and water source for agricultural irrigation. She is interested in working with Peruvian companies, Guatemalan educational and NGO sector, and higher institutions of learning in Serbia and developing countries to share her knowledge, and implement best practices in water and waste management. Her additional research includes weed competition and management practices compared to fababean growth and production, usage of covercrop in orchards, and implementation of IPM practices in weed management.