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Georgi Daskalov

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Prof. Dr. Georgi M. Daskalov
Head, Division of Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
Laboratory of Marine Ecology
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER-BAS)
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Curriculum vitae

Pre-/Postdoctoral Education (what/when/where):
2012 Habilitation as a Professor in IBER-BAS, Bulgaria,
2001 Habilitation as a Senior Research Scientist, Superior Attestation Commission, Sofia, Bulgaria,
1998 Ph.D. Marine environmental sciences, U d’Aix-Marseille II, Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille, France, Fisheries and long-term environmental change in the Black Sea,
1993 D.E.A. ~M.Sc., Marine environmental sciences, U. d’Aix-Marseille II, Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, France,
1989 M.Sc Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria,

Title: Prof. Dr.

Current Position: Professor in the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER-BAS), Laboratory of Marine Ecology, Bulgaria, Head of Division of Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Employment(s) (in the last 10 years in chronological order and starting with recent):
2010-2012 Senior international scientist in the EU WETLANET project in IBER-BAS, Bulgaria
2002 2010 Senior scientist. Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas, Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 0HT, UK)
2001-2002 Senior scientist: Institute of Fisheries, Primorski Blrd, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria
2001. Visiting scientist in the Ministry of Fisheries (NatMIRC, Swakopmund, Namibia)
1989-2000. Research scientist, Institute of Fisheries, Primorski Blrd, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria

Research Interests: Black Sea fisheries and ecosystem, network analysis, ecosystem evaluation, regime shift analysis

Areas of Expertise:
• Fish population dynamics, assessment and management: integrated stock assessment models, stock-recruitment, population models including environmental variables, overexploitation, biological reference points for management.
• Fisheries oceanography: long-term changes in marine ecosystems, climate regimes, teleconnections, anthropogenic influence, eutrophication.
• Fisheries ecosystems: food web models, "top-down” and “bottom-up” control, trophic cascades, natural and man-induced impacts on the ecosystems, reference points for ecosystem management, food-web modelling
• Statistical modeling: non-linear models, time-series, multivariate analyses.

Memberships in Learned Societies:
• American Fisheries Society
• Association française d’halieumetrie
• International Society for Ecological modelling

Member of Scientific Advisory Committee(s):
2010-Present: EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)
2010-2011: Senior International Consultant and Chair of WG on Ecosystem-based Management of Bioresources in the Caspian Sea CASPECO Program (UNOPS/UNDP)
2008-Present: Chair Study Group on Black Sea assessments within the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)
2004 Chair of theme session on Enclosed Seas on the 4th World Fisheries Congress, Vancouver Canada
2001-2004 SCOR/IOC WG 119 on Quantitative Indicators of Marine Ecosystem Change by Fisheries
2001-2004 GLOBEC/IOC Study Group on Environmental Indices in the Management of Pelagic Fish

Other Professional Activities (e.g. reviewer of scientific journals; etc):
2006-Present: Editor in the international Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences" (TrJFAS),

1. 1991-1995 “Environmental management of fish resources in the Black Sea” – International research project,
2. 1994-2000 Climate and Eastern Ocean Systems (CEOS) network,
3. 2001 EC INCO ENVIFISH (5th FWP EC) Interactions between small pelagic fish stocks and the environment in the Benguela ecosystem (Namibia, Angola, RSA, and EU partners)
4. 2002-2005 EUROGEL (5th FWP EC) European gelatinous zooplankton: Mechanisms behind jellyfish blooms and their ecological and socio-economic effects
5. 2002-2006 Fisheries interactions, DEFRA, UK
6. 2002-2006 Multispecies fisheries management, DEFRA, UK
7. 2003-2006EU TACIS Sustainable management of Caspian fisheries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran).
8. 2005-2008 INCOFISH (6th FWP EC; 45 partners from Europe & developing nations). Integrating Multiple Demands on Coastal Zones with Emphasis on Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries
9. 2006-2009 RECLAIM Resolving Climatic Impacts on fish stocks (6th FWP EC)
10. 2007-2010QUEST -Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System (NERC UK)
11. 2007-2010 UNCOVER Understanding the Mechanisms of Stock Recovery (6th FWP EC)
12. 2008-2009 EUROCEAN Regime shifts in the Black Sea, a population dynamics and wavelet approach (UK, Norway, Bulgaria, France)
13. 2008-2010 UK ALSF Effects of aggregate dredging on marine food web structure and function. Project leader
14. 2009-2010 MEECE Marine Ecosystem evolution in Changing environment (7th FWP EC)
15. 2009-2010 STEEM Ecosystem model evaluation DEFRA, UK
16. 2009 - 2013 KNOWSEAS Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe’s Seas (7th FWP EC)
17. 2010-2012 WETLANET, (7th FWP EC)
18. 2012- PERSEUS Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas (7th FWP EC)
19. 2012- COCONET Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential (7th FWP EC)

Research interests

Black Sea fisheries and ecosystem, network analysis, ecosystem evaluation, regime shift analysis


Selected papers

Daskalov, G. M., Abdoli, A., Akhundov, M., Annachariyeva, J., Isbekov, K., Khodorevskaya, R., Kim Y, Mammadli T, Morozov B, Muradov O & Shahifar, R. (2013). Ecosystem Modelling in Support of Ecosystem-Based Management in the Caspian. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 2013 Springer Berlin Heidelberg ISSN 1867-979X, DOI 10.1007/698_2013_245. 1-36. (link)

Daskalov, G., Cardinale, M., Charef, A., Duzgunes, E., Genç, Y., Gümüş, A., Maximov, V., Mikhaylyuk, A., Nikolaev, S., Osio, G. C., Panayotova, M., Radu, G., Raykov, V., Shlyakhov, V., Yankova, M. and Zengin, M., 2012. JRC Scientific and Policy Reports. Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries. Assessment of Black Sea Stocks (STECF-12-15). JRC 76532 , EUR 25580 EN, ISBN 978-92-79-27208-0, ISSN 1831-9424, doi:10.2788/63715

Daskalov GM, 2012. Ecosystem shifts in the Black Sea. In Regime shifts in marine ecosystems. Directorate General for Internal Policies. European Parliament Policy Department, B. STRUCTURAL AND COHESION POLICIES: FISHERIES: pp.83-122. (link)

Llope M, Daskalov GM, Rouyer TA, Mihneva V, Chan K-S, Alexander N. Grishin AN, Stenseth NC. 2010 Overfishing of top predators eroded the resilience of the Black Sea system regardless of the climate and anthropogenic conditions.- Global Change Biology, 17: 1251–1265, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02331.x

Mackinson, S., Daskalov,G., Heymans S., Neira, S. Arancibia, H., Zetina-Rejón, M., Hong, J., Hequin, C., Coll, M., Arreguin-Sanchez, F., Shannon, L., and Keeble, K. 2008. Which forcing factors fit? Using ecosystem models to investigate the relative influence of fishing and changes in primary productivity on the dynamics of marine ecosystems. Ecological modeling, 21: 2972-2987

Daskalov, G. M., Prodanov, K. and Zengin, M. 2008. The Black Seas fisheries and ecosystem change: discriminating between natural variability and human-related effects. In: Proceedings of the Fourth World Fisheries Congress: Reconciling Fisheries with Conservation (ed J. Nielsen, J. Dodson, K. Friedland, T. Hamon, N. Hughes, J. Musick and E. Verspoor). American Fisheries Society Symposium 49, AFS, Bethesda, MD, pp 1645-1664.

Daskalov GM, Grishin A, Rodionov S, and Mihneva V. 2007. Trophic cascades triggered by overfishing reveal possible mechanisms of ecosystem regime shifts. Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 104: 10518-10523, doi 10.1073/pnas.0701100104

Daskalov, GM., and Mamedov, E. V. 2007. Integrated fisheries assessment and possible causes for the collapse of anchovy kilka in the Caspian Sea. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: 503–511.

Cury, P. M., Shannon, L. J., Roux, J-P, Daskalov, G. M., Jarre, A., Moloney, C. L., and Pauly, D. 2005. Trophodynamic indicators for an ecosystem approach to fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62: 430-442

Daskalov, GM Boyer, D.and Roux, J.-P. 2003 Relating sardine Sardinops sagax abundance to environmental indices in Northern Benguela, Progress in Oceanography 59: 257-274

DASKALOV, G.M. 2003 Long-term changes in fish abundance and environmental indices in the Black Sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 255: 259-270.

DASKALOV, GM 2002. Overfishing drives a trophic cascade in the Black Sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 225: 53-63


Aquatic Ecosystems
Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems


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