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Salza Palpurina

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Department of Plant and Fungal Diversity and Resources
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G. Bonchev, block 23, floor 3, room 341
1113 Sofia

tel. +359 2 979 21 80

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Scopus ID: 55937627500
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ResearcherID: S-9406-2017


Curriculum vitae

I took up an interest in Botany during my master's studies at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". In the years 2007-2009 I worked on the problems of vegetation classification of dry grasslands in a limestone region near Sofia. As a result of these study, I submitted a diploma thesis and received MSc in Botany in 2009. In the years 2008-2010 I also worked as a nature conservation officer at Vitosha Nature Park Directorate. After a short break from the Academia, I entered a PhD programme at Masaryk University, under the supervision of prof. Milan Chytrý and thus became part of the Brno Vegetation Science Group. There, I analysed patterns of fine-scale plant species richness and their drivers using the data from large-extent studies in several regions across Eurasia. However, the main fieldwork during my PhD studies was carried out across dry grasslands (mainly rocky ones) in Bulgaria. I finished my PhD successfully after publishing several papers (see list of publications below) and defending a thesis entitled "Environmental drivers of fine-scale plant species richness in Eurasian dry grasslands: a macroecological perspective". I am member of the Vegetation and Habitats Working Group of prof. Iva Apostolova since 2018, where I currently continue my research on ecological drivers and diversity patterns of dry grasslands.

I am a member of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), and the International Biogeography Society (IBS).

I am member of the Editorial Board of the journal Palaearctic Grasslands (ISSN 1868-2456). I am also an active reviewer at several peer-reviewed journals, including Folia Geobotanica, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Hacquetia, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Tuexenia.

My complete and verified reviewer profile is at Publons.

My complete academic CV is here.


Research interests

biodiversity patterns, grassland ecosystems, macroecology, vegetation ecology



For the most complete and up-to-date list of my publications please refer to my Google Scholar profile.
Here is just a brief list of publications.

Czarniecka-Wiera, M., Zygmunt Kącki, Chytrý, M. & Palpurina, S. (2019) Diversity loss in grasslands due to the increasing dominance of alien and native competitive herbs. Biodiversity and Conservation. Shareable link:

Palpurina, S., Chytrý, M., Hölzel, N., Tichý, L., Wagner, V., Horsák, M., Axmanová, I., Hájek, M., Hájková, P., Freitag, M., Lososová, Z., Mathar, W., Tzonev, R., Danihelka, J. & Dřevojan, P. (2018) The type of nutrient limitation affects the plant species richness–productivity relationship: evidence from dry grasslands across Eurasia. Journal of Ecology, 107, 1038-1050. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13084. Shareable link:

Peterka, T., Hájek, M., Dítě, D., Hájková, P., Palpurina, S., Goia, I., Grulich, V., Kalníková, V., Plesková, Z., Šímová, A. & Štechová, T. (2018) Relict occurrences of boreal brown-moss quaking rich fens in the Carpathians and adjacent territories. Folia Geobotanica, 53, 265–276. doi:10.1007/s12224-018-9318-3

Palpurina, S., Wagner, V., Chytrý, M., von Wehrden, H., Hájek, M., Horsák, M., Brinkert, A., Hölzel, N., ..., Martynenko, V. (2017) The relationship between plant species richness and soil pH vanishes with increasing aridity across Eurasian dry grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 425–434 . doi:10.1111/geb.12549

Wagner, V., Chytrý, M., Zelený, D., von Wehrden, H., Brinkert, A., Danihelka, J., Jansen, F., Hölzel, N., Kamp, J., Lustyk, P., Merunková, K., Palpurina, S., Preislerová, Z. & Wesche, K. (2017) Regional differences in soil pH niche among dry grassland plants in Eurasia. Oikos, 126, 660–670. doi:10.1111/oik.03369

Kalníková, V., Palpurina, S., Peterka, T., Plesková, Z. & Sabovljević, M. (2017) Bryophytes on river gravel bars in the Balkan mountains: new records and insights into ecology. Herzogia, 30, 370–386. doi:10.13158/heia.30.2.2017.370

Peterka, T., Plesková, Z., Palpurina, S., Kalníková, V., Lazarevic, P.M. & Hájek, M. (2016) Meesia triquetra, a new relict moss for the Republic of Macedonia. Herzogia, 29, 66–71. doi:10.13158/heia.29.1.2016.66

Kalníková, V. & Palpurina, S. (2015) Epilobium adenocaulon and Oenothera glazioviana (Onagraceae): new alien species for the Bulgarian flora. Phytologia Balcanica, 21, 21–27. URL

Palpurina, S., Chytrý, M., Tzonev, R., Danihelka, J., Axmanová, I., Merunková, K., Duchoň, M. & Karakiev, T. (2015) Patterns of fine-scale plant species richness in dry grasslands across the eastern Balkan Peninsula. Acta Oecologica, 63, 36–46. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2015.02.001

Turtureanu, P.D., Palpurina, S., Becker, T., Dolnik, C., Ruprecht, E., Sutcliffe, L.M.E.E., Szabó, A. & Dengler, J. (2014) Scale- and taxon-dependent biodiversity patterns of dry grassland vegetation in Transylvania (Romania). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 182, 15–24. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2013.10.028.

Pedashenko, H., Apostolova, I., Boch, S., Ganeva, A., Janisova, M., Sopotlieva, D., Todorova, S., Uenal, A., Vassilev, K., Velev, N. & Dengler, J. (2013) Dry grasslands of NW Bulgarian mountains: first insights into diversity, ecology and syntaxonomy. Tuexenia, 33, 309–346.doi:10.7892/boris.38710

Todorova, S. & Tzonev, R. (2010) Bromo moesiacae-Stipetum epilosae – a new association from the relict mountain steppe vegetation in south-western Bulgaria. Hacquetia, 9, 185–206. doi:10.2478/v10028-010-0010-2


Plant and Fungal Diversity and Resources
Flora and Vegetation
Research group
Vegetation and Habitats


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