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Maria Kerakova

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Maria Kerakova, Chief Assistant, PhD

Address:
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS)
2 Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia
Bulgaria

E-mail address:
mariqkerakova@abv.bg, kerakova@ecolab.bas.bg

Telephone:
+359 2 8719138 /302

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 01th April 1985; Velingrad, Bulgaria

Education:
2011 - 2014: PhD degree in Hydrobiology, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecosystems,"Trophic structure of the macrozoobenthos in native and influenced freshwater ecosystems", Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Emilia Varadinova, Scientific Consultant: Professor Yordan Uzunov
2008 - 2010: MSc degree in Biology (Applied Hydrobiology and Aquaculture), Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Biology, "Actual assessment of the ecological status of the Bulgarian parts of Mesra River", Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Emilia Varadinova, Scientific Consultant: Professor Yordan Uzunov
2004 - 2008: Bachelor degree in Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Biology

Specializations:
September 2011: Wasser Cluster Lunz – Interuniversity Center for Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Lunz am see, Austria

Memberships:
Union of Scientist in Bulgaria (USB)
International Association for Danube Research (IAD)

Employment:
June 2017 – present: Chief Assistant, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecosystems
2016 - 2017: Biologist, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecosystems
2014 - 2015: Assistant, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecosystems
2011 - 2015: PhD student, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Aquatic Ecosystems

Research interests

Hydrobiology and Freshwater Ecology, Bio-Indication, Macrozoobenthic Communities, Trophic Structures of Macroinvertebrates, Global Climat Changes

Publications

2017:

Varadinova E. and M. Kerakova. Trophic structure of the riverine macroinvertebrates in type-specific reference conditions. 2017. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl (in press)

Kerakova M., Y. Uzunov, E. Varadinova. Comparison of trophic structure of the benthic macroinvertebrates in three Bulgarian riverine water bodies. 2017. Turkish Journal of Zoology, (41): 2, TUBITAK, 2017, ISSN: 1300-0179, DOI:DOI: 10.3906/zoo-1510-62, 267-277, ISI IF: 0,88 pdf

2015:

Kerakova M. Trophic structure of the macrozoobenthos in native and influenced freshwater ecosystems. 2015. PhD Disertation, Institute of Biodivercity and Ecosystem Research – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 266 pp. (In Bulgarian, with English summary at the Authoreferate) pdf

Varadinova E., M. Kerakova, R. Soufi, Y. Uzunov. Functional feeding groups of the macrozoobenthos as indicator of the ecological state of the river water bodies. 2015. Proc. 19International Eco-Conference, 11th Eco-Conference on Environmental Protection of Urban and Suburban Settlements. ISBN: 978-86-83177-49-3

Georgieva G., E. Varadinova, M. Kerakova, Y. Uzunov. The first study of aquatic Oligochaeta from the main streams in the National Park Pirin, Bulgaria. 2015. Proc. 19International Eco-Conference, 11th Eco-Conference on Environmental Protection of Urban and Suburban Settlements, ISBN: 978-86-83177-49-3, 143-151

2014:

Kazakov. S., M. Kerakova, M. Ihtimanska. Ecological status of shallow lakes in the Bulgarian Danube River floodplain according to the ECOFRAME Approach: Testing a system for integrated ecological quality assessment. 2014. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl. 7, 191-196, ISI IF: 0,532 pdf

Borisova P., E. Varadinova, M. Kerakova, S. Kazakov, S. Stoichev, Y. Uzunov, L. Pehlivanov. Seasonal changes in benthic communities of the Srebarna Lake (Northeast Bulgaria): habitat perspective. 2014. Acta zoological bulgarica, 66, 2, ISSN: 0324-0770, 239-245, ISI IF: 0,532 pdf

2013:

Varadinova, E., M. Kerakova, R. Soufi, M. Ihtimanska, Y. Uzunov. Current Ecological State Assessment of Bulgarian part of the trans-boundary Mesta river (South-West Bulgaria). 2013. Acta zoological bulgarica, 65, 3, 327-335, ISI IF=0,357 pdf

Kerakova M., M. Ihtimanska, E. Varadinova. Application of trophic indices in ecological state assessment of riverine water bodies. 2013. Suppl. 2, 19, ISSN: 1310-0351, 277-281, SJR: 0,164 pdf

Varadinova E., M. Kerakova, R. Soufi, M. Aleksandrova, S. Stoichev, Y. Vidinova, V. Tyufekchieva, Y. Uzunov. Bottom invertebrate communities (The macrozoobenthos): Key biological quality elements for ecological classification of the Mesta River Basin. 2013. In: Mesta River: Biological quality elements and ecological status (Eds. Y. Uzunov et al.). Prof. Marin Drinov Acad. Publ. House, Sofia, ISBN: ISBN 978-954-322-689, 61-97

Pehlivanov L., A. Apostolou, E. Varadinova, M. Pavlova, M. Vassilev, B. Velkov, M. Kerakova. Recent fish fauna of the Mesta River basin: composition, distribution and ecological quality assessment. 2013. n: Mesta River: Biological quality elements and ecological status (Eds. Y. Uzunov et al.). Prof. Marin Drinov Acad. Publ. House, Sofia, ISBN: ISBN 978-954-322-689, 123-130

2011:

Zidarova R., М. Stoyneva, B. Uzunov, M. Kerakova, E. Varadinova. New locality of Hildenbrandia rivularis (Rhodophyta) in Bulgaria. 2011. Proceedings of the National Conference of Botany, 261-264. (In Bulgarian with English Abstract)

2010:

Kerakova, M. Actual assessment of the ecological status of the Bulgarian parts of Mesra River. 2010. Diploma work, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Facility of Biology, 77 pp. (In Bulgarian)

Varadinova E., R. Soufi, M. Kerakova, Y. Uzunov. Ecological state assessment of the transboundary Mesta river (South-West Bulgaria). 2010. Conference, 2010: The changing physical and social environment: Hydrologic Impacts and Feedb, Hydrology, 244

Affiliation

Department
Aquatic Ecosystems
Division
Biodiversity and Processes in Freshwater Ecosystems
Research group
Lotic Ecosystems

History

Member for
6 years 46 weeks