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Maria Kachamakova

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Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth:
9 August 1991, Sofia, Bulgaria


Feb 2020 - now
Assistant professor at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Science


Feb 2017 - Jan 2020:
PhD in Ecology and ecosystem conservation, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Science; Thesis: Adaptation of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) following conservation translocations in Bulgaria. (supervisor Dr Y.Koshev)

Mar - Aug 2016:
Internship in Population dynamics analysis (R) of viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara), Station of experimental and theoretical ecology, Moulis (France)

Oct 2014 - Feb 2016:
Master's degree in Biology, specialisation ”Zoology of the Vertebrates", Sofia University "St. Climent Ohridski"; Thesis: "Assessment of the permeability and the habitat connectivity of for medium and large mammals of the Lyulin highway "

Oct 2010 - Jul 2014:
Bachelor's degree in Ecology and environmental protection, Sofia University "St. Climent Ohridski"

Sep 2005 - May 2010:
9 French language school, Sofia

Research interests

Conservation biology, Ecology, Species conservation and management, Evolutionary biology


Kachamakova, M., Koshev, Y., Rammou, D. L., & Spasov, S. (2022). Rise and fall: Results of a multidisciplinary study and 5-year long monitoring of conservation translocation of the European ground squirrel. Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e83321.

Kachamakova, M., Koynova, T., Tsvetkov, R., & Koshev, Y. (2022). First evidence for active carnivorous predation in the European ground squirrel. Acta Ethologica, 1-3.

Kachamakova, M., & Koshev, Y. (2021). Post-release settlement and survival of endangered European ground squirrel after conservation reinforcement. Journal for Nature Conservation, 126048.

Kachamakova, M., Koshev, Y., & Millesi, E. (2020). Resident European ground squirrels exhibit higher stress levels than translocated individuals after conservation reinforcement. Mammalian Biology, 1-10.

Kachamakova, M., Antonova, V., & Koshev, Y. (2019). The role of ant nests in European ground squirrel’s (Spermophilus citellus) post-reintroduction adaptation in two Bulgarian mountains. Biodiversity Data Journal, 7.

Koshev, Y., Kachamakova, M., Arangelov, S., & Ragyov, D. (2019). Translocations of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) along altitudinal gradient in Bulgaria–an overview. Nature Conservation, 35, 63.

Kachamakova, M., & Zlatanova, D. (2014). Behaviour of Eurasian lynx, Lynx lynx (L.), in captivity during the breeding season. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 66(3), 365-371.


Ecosystem Research, Environmental Risk Assessment and Conservation Biology
Biomonitoring and Ecological Risk Assessment


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