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Apostolos Apostolou

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.
1000 Sofia


Curriculum vitae

Born in 1972
Education: Sofia University, Faculty of Biology, 1996, Master of Science in Ichthyology and Aquaculture
Qualification: Sofia University, Faculty of Biology, 2002, PhD in Hydrobiology
Previous experience: Institute of Zoology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 17.11.2003 - 11.02.2005, biologist
Institute of Zoology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 11.02.2005 -16.07.2008, Research Fellow II degree
Institute of Zoology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 16.07.2008 - 07. 2010 Research Fellow I degree
07.2010 - up to now Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Assistant Professor
1. Greek Geotechnical Chamber – clone Ichthyology
2. Bulgarian Ichthyological Society
3. Local Initiative Fisheries Group Balchik– Shabla – Kavarna
4. Natural Science association “Ivan Buresh”, Bulgaria
5. IAD
Participation in 20 projects, 16 conferences.
Referees: 13
Expert reports: 9
Citations: 23

Research interests

Fish morphology, ecology and systematics, ichthyogeography, population biochemical-genetics, GIS application on ichthyology, underwater in situ research management of aquatic ecosystems, freshwater and marine fishes


1. Apostolou A., I. Dobrovolov (1999). About the taxonomic status of the chub (Pisces, genus Leuciscus) from the rivers of the Aegean basin. Proceedings of the Institute of Fisheries-Varna, 25: 47-55.

2. Dobrovolov I., Zh. Georgiev, A. Apostolou, P. Ivanova (1999). New data on the taxonomy of species in the genus Atherina (Pisces, Atherinidae) from Aegean sea. Proceedings of the Institute of fisheries-Varna, 25:15-26 (in Bulgarian, English summary).

3.Dobrovolov I., P. Ivanova, A. Apostolou, Zh. Manolov (2003). Systematics of the Atherinidae species in the Black sea and the Mediterranean basins based on biochemical-genetic data. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment, MEDCOAST, 03, E. Ozhan (Ed.) 7-11 Oct. 2003, Ravenna, Italy, 721-729.

4. Apostolou, A. (2005). The ichthyofauna from the Bulgarian Sector of the Mesta River. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 57 (2), 2005: 191-196.

5. Apostolou, A, Ivanova, P., Dobrovolov, I., Trichkova, T., Zivkov, M. (2007). Genetic-biochemical characteristic of Carassius gibelio (BLOCH, 1798) populations in some Bulgarian and Greek water basins. Proceedings of the Institute of Fisheries Research Institute-Varna 26: 45-50.

6. Apostolou A., T. Stefanov, M. Vassilev, A.Sediva, L. Pehlivanov (2008). Distribution of the stone loaches (Pisces: Balitoridae) in Bulgaria – past and present status. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl. 2: 29-33.

7. ŠEDIVÁ, A. - APOSTOLOU, A. - KOHOUT, J. - KOSTOV, V. - ŠANDA, R (2008). Genetic structure and distribution of Oxynoemacheilus bureschi (Balitoridae, Teleostei), and its phylogenetic relationships with other European stone loaches. Folia Zoologica 57 (1-2), 111-119. IF 0.522

8. Choleva, L., Apostolou, A. Rab P. & Janko, K (2008). Making it on their own: sperm-dependent hybrid fishes (Cobitis) switch the sexual hosts and expand beyond the ranges of their original sperm-donors. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 363, 2911-2919. IF 6.4

9. Trichkova, A., M. Zivkov & A. Apostolou, (2008). Some biological characteristics of gibel carp (Carassius gibelio) from three localities in the Bulgarian stretch of the Danube River. In: Genov, I. (Ed.),The 17th International Symposium “Ecology & Safety 2008”, 9-13 June, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, Scientific Articles. (In Bulgarian, English summary)

10. М. Василев, Б. Велков, А. Апостолу (2009). Новости и открития: Черноморските попчета от българското крайбрежие. Бюлетин на национална океанографска комисия, бр. 6, ноември 2009, 19-23.

11. Vassilev M., Velkov B., Apostolou A 2009. News and discoveries: the Black Sea gobies from the Bulgarian sector. Bulletin of the Bulgarian Oceanographic Commission, 6: November 2009, 19-23.

12. Šedivá A., Apostolou A., Kohout J., Bohlen J. 2010. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of the loach Oxynoemacheilus bureschi reveal postglacial range extensions across major river systems of the Balkans. Journal of Fish Biology 76: 357-368. IF 1.83

13. Apostolou A., M. Koutrakis, L. Pehlivanov, M. Vassilev, T. Stefanov, B. Velkov (2010). Notes on the Fish Fauna Composition of Mesta (Nestos) River in Regard to Management and Conservation. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 62 (3), 2010: 271-276. IF 0.269

14. PEHLIVANOV Luchezar, STEFANOV Tihomir, MIHOV Stoyan, BISERKOV Valko, VASSILEV Milen, APOSTOLOU Apostolos, VELKOV Boris (2011). Recent ichthyofauna in the wetlands along the Bulgarian section of the Danube. Sc. Annals of DDI Tulcea, Romania vol. 17: 83-88.

15. Vassilev M., Apostolou A., Velkov B., Ivanova P., Panayotova M., Dobrev D., Pehlivanov, L. (2011). Status of gobiid ichthyofauna in Bulgaria: taxonomical, conservative and social aspects. Natura Montenegrina, Podgorica, 10 (2): 115-124.

16. APOSTOLOU A., IVANOVA P., VELKOV B., VASSILEV M., DOBREV D., DOBROVOLOV I. (2011). Pomatoschistus marmoratus (RISSO 1810), is it really a “New” species for Bulgarian Ichthyofauna? Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 63 (3): 289-294. IF 0.247

17. S. ZOGARIS, A. APOSTOLOU (2011). First record of Pontian Monkey Goby, Neogobius fluviatilis (Pallas, 1814) in the Evros River (Greece); Is it an alien species? Medit. Mar. Sci., 12/2: 454-461. IF 0.568

18. Zarev, V., A. Apostolou, B. Velkov, M. Vassilev, 2013. Bulgarian Black Sea gobies as important object in the commercial fishing. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, Supplement 2, 19:233-236. IF 0.189 (2012)

19. SIMONOVIĆ, A. TOŠIĆ, M. VASSILEV, A. APOSTOLOU, D. MRDAK, M. RISTOVSKA, V. KOSTOV, V. NIKOLIĆ, D. ŠKRABA, L. VILIZZI and G.H. COPP, 2013. Risk assessment of non-native fishes in the Balkans Region using FISK, the invasiveness screening tool for non-native freshwater fishes. Medit. Mar. Sci., 14/2, 2013, 369-376. IF 1.574 (2012)

20. Jan Kohout, Alena Šedivá, Apostolos Apostolou, Tihomir Stefanov, Saša Maric´, Muhammet Gaffarog˘lu & Vlastimil Šlechta 2013. Genetic diversity and phylogenetic origin of brown trout Salmo trutta populations in eastern Balkans. Biologia 68/6: 1229—1237,Section Zoology. DOI: 10.2478/s11756-013-0271-6. IF 0.506 (2012)

21. L. Pehlivanov, M. Pavlova, M. Vassilev, A. Apostolou, B. Velkov 2012. Ecological Quality Assessment of Salmonid Rivers in Bulgaria Using Ichthyologic Parameters. Acta zool. bulg., Suppl. 4, 2012: 197-203 IF 0.309 (2012)
22. Vassilev, Milen, Apostolos Apostolou, Boris Velkov. The Black Sea eel Anguilla Anguilla (Pisces, Anguillidae). Native or alien? Ecologia Balcanica, (in press).

23. Ivanova, P. , Dobrovolov, I. , Apostolou, A. , Vasilev, M. , Velkov, B. , Dobrev, D. Genetic data for identification of some Gobiide species along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, in press. IF 0.309 (2012)

Zarev Velislav, Apostolos Apostolou, Boris Velkov, Milen Vassilev. Review of the distribution of the Family Gobiidae in the Bulgarian Danube tributaries. (submitted in Ecologia Balcanica)

1. Economidis P.S., M. Koutrakis, A. Apostolou, M. Vassilev & L. Pehlivanov, 2009. Atlas of of River Nestos Fish Fauna. Prefectural Authority of Drama – Kavala – Xanthi, Kavala, Greece, pp. 182 (In English and Greek/ Bulgarian versions).

2. M. Vassilev, A. Apostolou ,B. Velkov, D. Dobrev, V. Zarev 2012. ATLAS OF THE BULGARIAN GOBIES (GOBIIDAE). Pensoft publishing, Sofia, 112 pp (Bulgarian/English version). ISBN 978-954-9746-29-7.


Aquatic Ecosystems
Ichthyology and Fish Resources
Research group
Fish Biodiversity and Resources


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