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Emilia Varadinova

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2, Major Yuri Gagarin Street
Sofia 1113, Bulgaria
E-mail: emilia.varadinova@gmail.com

Curriculum vitae

Education:
2003 – 2006 PhD degree in Hydrobiology, Department of Bioindication and ecological risk, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Acad. Sci.
1986 - 1991 MSc degree in Faculty of Biology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.

Employment:
2010 – present, Chief assistant at the Department of Water ecosystems, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Acad. Sci.;
2000 – 2010, Research fellow. Department of Bioindication and ecological risk, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Acad. Sci..
1999 - 2000, Ecologist, Department of Bioindication and ecological risk, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Acad. Sci..
1994 – 1999, Biologist, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Acad. Sci.

Research interests

Freshwater/River Ecology, Bio-Indication & Water Quality Monitoring; Structure and Functioning of benthic communities; Wetlands Conservation & Management; Methodology of the EU WFD 2000/60/EC for Ecological Status Assessment and Monitoring of water bodies (rivers, lakes/reservoirs, coastal marine and grundwater).

Publications

LIST OF SELECTED PAPERS

I. Monographic studies, books and chapters

1.UZUNOV, Y., E. VARADINOVA. 2000. Aquatic Oligochaeta from glacial lakes of the Rila Mountains National Park (Bulgaria) - In: (eds. V. GOLEMANSKY & W. NAJDENOV) Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation of Glacial Water Ecosystems in Rila Mountains, MOEW, S.: 41-45. ISBN 954-90-623-1-7

2.UZUNOV Y. & E. VARADINOVA. 2001. New data on the aquatic invertebrate fauna of Kresna Gorge (SW Bulgaria). – In: BERON P. (Ed.): Biodiversity of Kresna Gorge, Institute of Zoology & National Museum of Natural History, Sofia. 53-61, ISBN 954-8828-02-2 [In Bulgarian]

3.VARADINOVA, E., BORISOVA P, PECHLIVANOV, L., UZUNOV, Y. 2012. Macroinvertebrate communities of the Srebarna Lake Biosphere Reserve: Species diversity, abundance and modeling of the ecological status. - In: (Y. UZUNOV, B. GEORGIEV, E. VARADINOIVA, N. KAMBUROVA, L. PEHLIVANOV, V. VASILEV (eds.) Ecosystems of the Biosphere Reserve ‘Srebarna Lake, Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing house, 93-115, ISBN 978-954-322-543-3

4.CHESMEDJIEV, S., E. VARADINOVA Bottom invertebrates. 2013. In : (D. Belkinova, G. Gecheva, S. chesmedjiev, I.. Dimitrova-Dulgerova, P. Mladenov, М. Marinov, I. Teneva, P. Stoyanov, P. Ivanov, S. Michov, L. Pehlivanov, Е. Varadinova, S. Karagiozova, М. Vasilev, А. Аpostolou, B. Velkov, М. Pavlova. Biological analises and ecological assessment of different types of the runing waters in Bulgaria. University "P. Hilendarski" Publishing company , 147-163, ISBN 978-954-423-824-7 [In Bulgarian]

5.VARADINOVA, E., M. KERAKOVA, Y. UZUNOV, 2013. Mesta River: The trophic structure of the macrozoobenthos. - In: (Y. UZUNOV, L. PEHLIVANOV, B. GEORGIEV, E. VARADINOVA (eds.). Mesta River: Biological quality elements & Ecological status , Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing house, 97-123, ISBN 978-954-322-689-4

6.VARADINOVA, E., M. KERAKOVA, R. SOUFI, M. ALEKSANDROVA, S. STOICHEV, Y. VIDINOVA, V. TYUFEKCHIEVA, , Y. UZUNOV. 2013. Bottom invertebrate communities (the macrozoobenthos): Key biological quality element for ecological classification of the Mesta River basin. - In: (Y. UZUNOV, L. PEHLIVANOV, B. GEORGIEV, E. VARADINOVA (eds.). Mesta River: Biological quality elements & Ecological status, Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing house, 61-97, ISBN 978-954-322-689-4

7. PEHLIVANOV, L., A. APOSTOLOU, E. VARADINOVA, M. PAVLOVA, M. VASSILEV, B. VELKOV, M. KERAKOVA.2013. Resent fish fauna of the Mesta River basin: Composition, distribution and ecological quality assessment. In: (Y. UZUNOV, L. PEHLIVANOV, B. GEORGIEV, E. VARADINOVA (eds.). Mesta River: Biological quality elements & Ecological status, Professor Marin Drinov Academic Publishing house, 123-133, ISBN 978-954-322-689-4

II. Papers in scientific journals and proceedings:

8.UZUNOV, Y., E. VARADINOVA. 2000. Oligochaeta Limicola from glacial lakes of the Pirin Mountain National Park (Bulgaria). - Lauterbornia, 38: 101-104, ISSN: 0935-333X

9.VARADINOVA, E., G. JOVCHEV, M. STERGIOS, A. DUDOV. 2001. Effects of etoposide treatment on the national level of spontaneous frequency of chromatid abberations in human somatic sells - Comp. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci., 54, 2:77-80, ISSN 0861-1459

10.GATEVA, S., G. JOVTCHEV, M. STERGIOS, E. VARADINOVA, E. KONDAKOVA. 2001. Complex estimation of the genotoxical effect of pesticides by three cytogenetical test-systems. J. Env. Prot. & Ecol. vol. 2,3684-693. ISSN 1311-5065

11.GATEVA, S., E. VARADINOVA, V. GEORGIEVA. 2001. Genotoxic activity of the pesticide devrinol in human lymphocytes in vitro. Comp. Rend. Acad. Sci. Vol. 54, № 2, 81-84, ISSN 0861-1459

12.UZUNOV, Y., V. TZAVKOVA, I. TODOROV, E. VARADINOVA. 2001. The macrozoobenthic fauna of the Biosphere reserve Srebarna Lake in North-Eastern Bulgaria. – Lauterbornia, 40: 43-51, ISSN: 0935-333X

13.SOUFI, R., E.VARADINOVA, Y. UZUNOV. 2002. Trends in the change on the saprobiological state of the Struma River for the last 20 Years. - In: Proc. Conf. BioPS ’02 (Sofia, October, 2002), II: 29-34, ISNB 954-21226-1-1

14.VARADINOVA, E., R. SOUFI, Y. UZUNOV. 2002. Trends in the change on thе saprobiological state of the Mesta River – In: Proc. Conf. BioPS ’02 (Sofia, October, 2002), II. 34-39, ISNB 954-21226-1-1

15.GATEVA S., E. VARADINOVA, V. GEORGIEVA (2001-2002). Genotoxical activity of pesticides lontrel and devrinol in human lymphocyte cells in vitro. Genetics and Breeding. 31, 1-2:17-25. ISSN 1310-4292

16.VARADINOVA, E., Y. UZUNOV. 2002. Recent assessment and long-term changes in the saprobiological state of the Mesta river in south-western Bulgaria. J. Envir. Prot. & Ecol. , Vol 3, N 1, 68-75

17.SOUFI, R., E. VARADINOVA, Y. UZUNOV. 2002. Recent Assessment and Long-Term Changes in the Saprobiological State of the Struma River (South-Western Bulgaria) - J. Env. Prot. & Ecol., 3, 1:61–67, ISSN 1311-5065

18.UZUNOV, Y., S. DAKOVA, E. VARADINOVA. 2004. Complicity of flow parameters in trophic structuring the invertebrate bottom communities of the Mesta River (SW Bulgaria) - In: Proc. Intern. Conf. (Ohrid, 25-29 May 2004): 234-319, ISBN 9989-110-26-3

19.SOUFI, R., E. VARADINOVA, Y. UZUNOV. 2005. Relation of the Bulgarian Biotic Index to the standardized Indeces for Water quality assessment of the river Mesta (SW Bulgaria). - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 57, 8: 83-86, ISSN 1310-1331)

20.SOUFI, R., E. VARADINOVA, Y. UZUNOV. 2006. Relation of the Bulgarian Biotic Index to the standardized indices for water quality assessment in Bulgaria and some biotic indices used in EC countries: investigation for the Struma river (South-Western Bulgaria). - Acta Zool. Bulg., 58, 2:265-273, ISSN: 0324-0770

21.VARADINOVA E., SOUFI, R., Y. UZUNOV. 2006. Macroinvertebrate Trophic Structure as Indicator of the Ecological Status of the River Mesta - Proc. Int. Symp. Bioprocess systems, October 24-26, 2006, II-17-II-26, ISBN 10:954-91226-5-4; ISBN 13:978-954-91226-5-7

22.SOUFI, R., Y. UZUNOV , E. VARADINOVA. 2006. Relation of the standard Saprobilogical Indices used for water quality assessment of the river Struma with some other Biotic Indices used in Bulgaria and other EU countries Mesta – Proc. Int. Symp. Bioprocess systems, October 24-26, 2006, II-27-II34, ISBN 10:954-91226-5-4; ISBN 13:978-954-91226-5-7

23.NUTTLE, T., P. SALLES, Y. UZUNOV, E. VARADINOVA, E. NAKOVA, E. CIOACA, S. COVALIOV, R. NOBLE, A. ZITEK, M. NEUMANN, A. BOUWER, J. LIEM, A.L.R. CALDAS. 2006. Navigating a Landscape of Sustainability Concepts: Towards Progressive Learning Routes within and among Qualitative Reasoning Models. – In: Tochtermann, K. and Scharl, A. (eds.) Proc. 20th Int. Conf. Informatics for Environm. Prot. (EnviroInfo 2006), Aachen, Austria, Schaker Verl. ISBN 13: 978-3-8322-5391-9, 583-586.

24.VARADINOVA E., Y. UZUNOV, R.SOUFI. 2007. A New Integrated Index for Assessment of the Ecological Status of Rivers as Based on Functional Feeding Groups of the Macrozoobenthos - J. Envir. Prot. Ecol., 4, 8:754-762, ISSN: 1311-5065.

25.BREDEWEG, B., P. SALLES, A. BOUWER, J. LIEM, T. NUTTLE, , E. CIOACA , E. NAKOVA, R. NOBLE, A.L.R. CALDAS, Y. UZUNOV, E. VARADINOVA, A. ZITEK. 2008. Towards a structured approach to building qualitative reasoning models and simulations; Ecological Informatics, 1, 3:1-12. ISSN: 1574-9541

26.VARADINOVA, E., Y. VIDINOVA, V. TYUFEKCHIEVA, I. YANEVA. 2008. Trophic structure of macrozoobenthos as measure of water bodies ecological state assessment, Journal of Balkan Ecology, 11, 3, 297-308, ISBN ISSN 1311-0527

27.VIDINOVA Y, I. BOTEV, V.T TYUFEKCHIEVA, T. NEDYALKOVA I. YANEVA, B. ZADNEPOLSKIi, E. VARADINOVA. 2008. Results of rapid hydrobiological monitoring of watersheds from the East- and West Aegean Sea River Basin Districts in Bulgaria- Acta Zool. Bulg., 2:233-242, ISSN: 0324-0770

28.VARADINOVA, E., L. PECHLIVANOV, G. MOSKOVA, Y. UZUNOV. 2009. Development and actual state of the macrozoobenthic fauna in the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (North East Bulgaria) - Comp. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 62, 2:243-248, ISSN 1310-1331

29.VARADINOVA, E. V. VASILEV, S. STOYCHEV & Y. UZUNOV. 2010. Macrozoobenthos of the Pomorie lake В: РАДЕВ, Р., Г. ХИБАУМ, Т. МИЧЕВ, Л. ПРОФИРОВ. (съставители) Сборник доклади за Интегрирания план за управление на Защитена зона «Поморийско езеро» BG0000152 и защитена зона “Поморие” BG0000620, 95-101. , ISBN 978-954-9433-10-4

30.VARADINOVA, E., L. PECHLIVANOV, S. STOICHEV, Y. USUNOV. 2011. Recovering and succesion of the species diversity of macrozoobenthos in the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (North-East Bulgaria) – Acta Zool. Bulg,, 63 (1): 85-95, ISSN: 0324-0770,

31.CHESHMEDJIEV, S. R. SOUFI, Y. VIDINOVA, V. TYUFEKCHIEVA, I. YANEVA, Y. UZUNOV, E. VARADINOVA. 2011. Multi-habitat sampling method for benthic macroinvertebrate communities in different river types in Bulgaria - Water Research and Management, 3 (1):55-58 (Hard Copy) UDK: 582.26 (497.2), ISSN 2217-5547

32.GEORGIEV, D., DEDOV, I. CHESHMEDJIEV, S. & E. VARADINOVA. 2012. Gloeria bulgarica gen. et sp. nov (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae), a new freshwater molluscs from Bulgaria. Spira, 4 (3-4): 105 – 108

33.STOICHEV, S. & E. VARADINOVA. 2011. Hydrobiological and faunistic investigation of the Nematode fauna (Nematoda, Nemathelmintes) from Bulgaria stretch of the Veleka River (South-East Bulgaria), Annual de l’universite de Sofia „St.. Kliment Ohridski“ Faculte de Biologie Livre 1 – Zoologie, 99: 21-32, ISSN 0204-9929

34.UZUNOV, Y, E. VARADINOVA , I. YANEVA , S. STOICHEV , Y. VIDINOVA, K. KUMANSKI. 2011. Long-term changes of the bottom invertebrate fauna of the Mesta River in southwestern Bulgaria, Annual de l’universite de Sofia „St.. Kliment Ohridski“ Faculte de Biologie Livre 1 – Zoologie, 99: 33-52, ISSN 0204-9929

35.GEORGIEVA., G. , Y. UZUNOV, E. VARADINOVA. 2012. Distribution of non-indigenous tubificid worm Branchiura sowerbyi (Beddard, 1982) in Bulgaria". - J. BioSci. Biotech. 2012, SE/ONLINE: 105-113, ISSN: 1314-6246

36.PAVLOVA M., L. PEHLIVANOV, S. KAZAKOV, E. VARADINOVA, Y. VIDINOVA , V. TYUFEKCHIEVA, Y. UZUNOV (2012). Changes in the aquatic communities in the Rhodope Mountain Landslide Lakes (South Bulgaria) for the last 40 years. I. Taxonomic composition of the macrozoobenthos, zooplankton and the fish communities. Acta zool. Bulg., Supplement 4 – 2012: 183 – 191

37. CHESHMEDJIEV,S., G. GECHEVA, D. BELKINOVA, E. VARADINOVA, I. DIMITROVA-DYULGEROVA, R. MLADENOV, R. SOUFI, M. PAVLOVA, L. PEHLIVANOV.2013. Assessment of Ecological Status and Preliminary Results on Reference Conditions in Alpine Glacial Lakes (Bulgaria) a Contribution to the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive, J: Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment., 27, 1, 3522-3528, ISSN 1310-2818.

38.BORISOVA, P.,VARADINOVA, E.,UZUNOV, Y. 2013. Contemporary State of the bottom invertebrate communities of the Tundja River basin (South-East Bugaria). Acta zool. bulg. 65 (1): 75-87.

39.SAKELARIEVA, L.& E. VARADINOVA. 2013. Water Quality and Ecological State Assessment of the Blagoevgradska Bistritsa River (South-West Bulgaria) Based on acrozoobenthos collected by Two Standardized Sampling Methods. Biotechnol. & Biotechnol. Equipment, 27 (3), 3787 – 3790, ISSN 1310-2818, http://dx.doi.org/10.5504/bbeq.2013.0019

40.KERAKOVA, M., M. IHTIMANSKA & E. VARADINOVA. 2013. Application of trophic indices in ecological state assessment of riverine water bodies. Agricultural Academy. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 19 (2), 277–281, ISSN 1310-0351

41.G GECHEVA, L. YURUKOVA, S. CHESHMEDJIEV, E. VARADINOVA & D. BELKINOVA. 2013. Integrated Assessment of the Ecological Status of Bulgarian Lowland and Semi-Mountain Natural Lakes. Journal of Environmental Protection, , 4, 29-37., doi:10.4236/jep.2013.46A004, Published Online June 2013 (http://www.scirp.org/journal/jep)

42.VARADINOVA, E., M. KERAKOVA, R. SOUFI, M. IHTIMANSKA, Y. UZUNOV. 2013. Current Ecological State Assessment of Bulgarian part of the Trans-boundary Mesta River (South-West Bulgaria). Acta zool. bulg., 65 (2), 327-335, ISSN: 0324-0770

43.KAZAKOV, S., M. IHTIMANSKA, E. VARADINOVA, M. PAVLOVA, Y. UZUNOV, L. PEHLIVANOV. 2012. Composition and shot-term dynamic of zooplankton and macrozoobenthos communities in two wetlands in the Bulgarian Danube floodplain – Proceedings of 39th International Association for Danube conference – Budapest, Hungary, 21-24 August, 2012, 81-88 pp., ISBN 978-963-8391-53-7

44.BORISOVA, P., VARADINOVA, E., KERAKOVA, M., KAZAKOV, S., STOICHEV, S., UZUNOV, Y., PEHLIVANOV, L. 2014. Seasonal changes in benthic communities of the Srebarna Lake (Northeast Bulgaria): habitat perspective. Acta zool. Bulg . (In press)

MAIN PROJECTS:

2012-2018. Emergency measures for recovery and long-term conservation of the coastal lagoon Lake Atanasovsko ", "Salt of life", funded by ProgramaLIFE + on European Union. Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) and associated partners are Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) and Black sea saltworks Reference number of the project LIFE11 NAT/BG/000362 - key expert macrozoobenthos

2013-2014. Update of educational programs in Natural-Mathematics Faculty of SWU "N. Rilski" according to the requirements of the labor market. BG051PO001-3.1.07-0036, ОP „Human resources development, BG051PO001-3.1.07-0036/28.05.2013 г. – project consultant

2013-2014. Student practices, project financed by ОP „Human resources development, co-financed by European social fund “http://praktiki.mon.bg/sp/?m=10 - mentor of students

2011-2013. Environment assessment in LTER-Europe sites (EnvEurope), Life+ European Programme - LIFE08 ENV/IT 000399 - work package leader

2012 & 2013: Survey of the biological quality elements (BQE) and supporting physico-chemical quality elements in selected potential reference points of the types of rivers and lakes within the Black Sea Basin in order to verify the specified reference conditions (Black Sea Basin Directorate)- macrozoobenthos team leader.

2012-2013. The monitoring of benthic macroinvertebrates in lakes/reservoirs as part of the National Programme for surface water monitoring for 2012”, Contract N 2364/20.09.2012 / EEA – project leader

2012. Natura 2000. Mapping and identification of the conservation status of habitats and species approved list and minimize the risks to fish within the project "Mapping and determine the conservation status of habitats and species - Phase I – protected macroinvertebrates expert

2011-2012. The monitoring of benthic macroinvertebrates in lakes as part of the National Programme for surface water monitoring for 2011 ”, Contract 2072/01.08.2011 г. / EEA, - project leader

2011: Survey of the biological quality elements (BQE) and supporting physico-chemical quality elements in selected potential reference points of the types of rivers and lakes within the East Aegean Sea River Basin in order to verify the specified reference conditions (East Aegean Sea River Basin Directorate)- macrozoobenthos team leader

2009 -2012: WETLANET: Enhancing research potential by strengthening a local network of laboratories for studying wetland ecosystems functioning, restoration and management (7th FP RTD, Program Capacities)- work package assistant.

2009–2010: Setting up referent condition and maximum ecological potential for the types of surface water bodies (rivers and lakes) on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria (MOEW under the Operational program Environment) – expert macrozoobenthos

2009– 2010: Elaboration of classification system for determination of the ecological state and ecological potential of defined types of of surface waters (rivers and lakes) on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria (MOEW under the Operational program Environment) –expert macrozoobenthos.

2008-2012 Biological Diversity of Wetlands Aquatic Ecosystems on the Flooding Terrace of the Lower Danube and Optimization of the Ecosystem Functions in Conditions of Climatic Changes (National Science Fund under the Contract No DO 02-352/2008) – expert macrozoobenthos

2008-2010. Development of mechanism for student practices of ecological state assessment of the running waters, Financed by European social fund, OP “Human resources development” BG051PO001/07/3.3-01/100 – member of management team.

2005-2007. New Education and Decision Support Model for Active Behavior in Sustainable Development Based on Innovative Web Services and Qualitative Reasoning) NaturNet-REDIME (Contract GOCE-CT-2003-004074, EC 6th FP RTD) – water ecology expert

2004-2008. Practicability of the invertebrate community structures and fish populations parameters for ecological classification of rivers ( National Scientific Fund under the project B-1403/MES/NSF) Bulgaria MES - expert macrozoobenthos.

2004–2006: Setting up the system of biological monitoring of surface water bodies in compliance with the Framework Water Directive 2000/60/EC (MOEW under the project No 563/2004) - expert macrozoobenthos.

2004-2005: Reference & Intercalibration sites selection and Biological parameters selection relevant to the Framework Water Directive 2000/60/EC (MOEW under the project No 508/2004) –expert macrozoobenthos.

2004-2005: Development of Regulation on designation of water bodies supporting fish and shellfish life (MOEW under the project No 3797/006) - expert macrozoobenthos.

2003-2006 г. Models of interactions between neighboring lotic and lentic ecosystems along processes of the aquatic communities recovery and development in terrace of the Lower Danube (National Scientific Fund under the contract No B-1307/2003) – expert macrozoobenthos.

1999-2001. Research and development of a methodology to determine the limiting values of the river flow to ensure optimal ecological balance of the river flows with a view to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity and adequacy of water in rivers in Bulgaria, Project 788-2239/1999/MOEW - expert macrozoobenthos

1998–2000. Elaboration and implementation of a management plan of the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (MOEW & Ramsar Convention Bureau) - expert macrozoobenthos

Other activities:
• Licensed EIA-expert/Environmental Auditor (Ministry of Environment & Waters License No No1278/17.04.2001 updated No.1608/26.06.2006)

Affiliation

Department
Aquatic Ecosystems
Division
Ichthyology and Fish Resources
Research group
Ecology and Dynamics of Fish Communities

History

Member for
4 years 47 weeks