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Vulko Biserkov

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2 Yurii Gagarin Street
1113, Sofia

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 16 May 1959, Petrich


1982: MSc, Faculty of Biology, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia

1989: PhD, Central Laboratory of Helminthology, BAS; thesis: Helminths of Reptiles in Bulgaria


1982-1989: Biologist, Institute of Parasitology, BAS

1989-1995: Research fellow, Institute of Parasitology, BAS

1996-2013: Associate Professor, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS

2013-present: Professor, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS

2000-2007: Deputy Director of the CLGE-BAS
2008-2010: Director of CLGE-BAS
2010- current: Director of IBER-BAS

Recent Projects:

2007-2008: Optimizing of the National Ecological Network Natura'2000 and scientific base for its development; the project of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, assigned as a task by the Ministry of Environment and Waters; leader: Dr. V. Biserkov

2006-2008: Restoring ecological networks across transport corridors in Bulgaria - ALTERRA, Wageningen; funded by BBI MATRA (Holland); Bulgarian coordinator; ALTERRA

2004-2007: Elaboration of the Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria (Project 4036/2004); funded by the Ministry of Environment and Water; Editor of Volume III “Habitats”, Chief Editor of the electronic version of the Red Data Book (Plants, Fungi, Animals, Habitats)

2004: Identifying important herpetological areas (for tortoises and snakes) with European significance in Bulgaria for the purposes of Natura'2000; funded by MATRA/KNIP Programme, Netherlands, 2004; Team Lader

2003-2006: Biotopic distribution and communities of terrestrial small mammals in the region of the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve; funded by NSF (B 1316/03); leader


1996/1997; 1997/1998; 1998/1999: Course in Zoology, Agricultural Faculty, Slavic University, Sofia
1999/2000: Course in Zoology; Southwestern University, Blagoevgrad
1999/2000: Course in Biological Resources Conservation, Faculty of Biology, St. Kliment Okhridsky University of Sofia

Research interests

- zoology, ecology, biodiversity: amphibians, reptiles and mammals; structure of parasite communities

- parasitology: fauna, morphology and taxonomy of helminths of amphibians, reptiles and mammals

- genetics: caryosystematics of reptiles and micromammals


Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov (1982) B-chomosomes in the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) from Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 35, 1577-1580.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov (1984) Kariological Stu-dies on Black Rat (Rattus rattus L.). Cytologia 49, 573-581.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov, G.H. Konstantinov, N.L. Ilieva, V.A. Beshkov (1984) Cytogenetic investigations of Lacerta erchardi riveti Chab. (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 37, 1411-1413.

Genov T., B.B. Georgiev, V.Y. Biserkov (1984) Anoplocephaloides rauschi sp. n. (Cestoda: Anoplocephalidae), a parasite of Microtus nivalis Mart. (Rodentia) in Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 37, 795-798.

Biserkov V.Y., B.B. Georgiev, T. Genov (1985) Paracapillaria viperae sp. n. (Nematoda, Capillariidae) - a parasite of Vipera ammodytes L. in Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 38, 251-254.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Biserkov, N.L. Ilieva, V.A. Beshkov, P.M. Petkov (1986) Karyological studies on Lacerta vivipara (Jacq.) collected in Bulgaria. Cytologia 51, 567-570.

Georgiev B.B., V. Biserkov, T. Genov (1986) In toto staining method for cestodes with iron acetocarmine. Helminthologia 23, 279-281.

Georgiev B.B., V.Y. Biserkov, V.T. Naydenov, T. Genov (1986) Eudiaptomus vulgaris (Schmeil, 1898) (Copepoda: Calanoida) - an intermediate host of Echinocotyle (Echinocotyloides) ukrainensis Kornyushin, 1969 (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae). Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 39, 137-140.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov, N.L. Ilieva, V.A. Beshkov (1987) Karyological investigations of two lizard species of the families Gekonidae and Scincidae. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci.40, 95-98.

Sharpilo V.P., V.Y. Bisserkov, H. Munhbayar (1987) New species of the genus Thelandros (Nematoda: Pharyngodonidae) - parasites of lizard Agama stoliczkana (Reptilia: Agamidae). Vestnik zoologii 6, 3-8.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov, V.A. Beshkov, N.L. Ilieva (1988) Karyological studies of two lizard species of the family Anguidae. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 41, 129-132.

Biserkov V.Y., T. Genov (1988) On the life cycle of Ophiotaenia europaea Odening 1963. Helmintologiya 25, 7-14.

Belcheva R.G., M.N. Topashka-Ancheva, V.Y. Bisserkov (1990) Karyological studies of Rhinolophus ferumeguinum and Rhinolophus hipposideros (Rinolophidae: Chiroptera) from Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 43, 81-84.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov, N.L. Ilieva, V.A. Beshkov (1992) Karyological studies of four species of turtles (Chelonia: Reptilia). Annuaire de l'Univ. de Sofia "Kl. Ohridski", Faculte de biologie 80, 212-219.

Belcheva R.G., M.N. Topashka-Ancheva, V.Y. Biserkov (1992) Kariological study of three species of bats of the family Vespertilioniidae (Chiroptera, Mamalia) from Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 45, 72-76.

Biserkov V.Y., R. Hadjinikolova (1992) Polystoma fuscus n. sp. (Polystomatidae) from the Common Spadefoot, Pelobates fuscus (Pelobatidae) in Bulgaria. Systematic Parasitology 25, 145-151.

Belcheva R.G., V.Y. Bisserkov, V.A. Beshkov, N.L. Ilieva (1993) Cytogenethic studies on ten species of snakes (Ophidia: Reptilia) from the Bulgarian fauna. Annuaire de l'Universite de Sofia "Kl. Ohridski", Faculte de biologie 82, 277-287.

Biserkov, V.Y., F. Meszaros, T. Genov, N. Chipev (1993) The synlophe of Dessetia moldovensis (Andreiko, 1963) (Trichostrongyloidea, Heligmosomidae), from the Lesser Mole Rat, Spalax leucodon Nordmann, (Rodentia, Spalacidae). Miscelanea Zoologica Hungarica 8, 5-9.

Biserkov, V.Y, N. Chipev (1994) Device and technique for preparing sections of helminths for morphological studies. Parasitologia Hungarica 27, 88.

Biserkov, V.Y, F. Meszaros, N. Chipev (1994) On the validity of the species considered synonyms of Paracapillaria sonsinoi (Parona, 1897) (Nematoda: Capillariidae). Parasitologia Hungarica 27, 53-56.

Bisserkov, V.Y. (1995) New records of nematodes and acanthocephalans from snakes in Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 48, 87-89.

Biserkov, V.Y., M.-C. Durrette-Desset, T. Genov (1995) Spalacina yanchevi n. g., n. sp. (Heligmonellidae), from the lesser mole rat, Spalax leucodon Nordmann, (Rodentia: Spalacidae). Systematic Parasitology 32, 27-32.

Biserkov V., A. Kostadinova (1995) A mini-microtome for preparing serial sections directly on a light microscope stage. Journal of Microscopy 179(1), 90-93.

Bisserkov, V.Y. (1996) New records of platyhelminth parasites from snakes in Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci. 49, 73-75.

Biserkov V., A. Kostadinova. (1997) Development of the plerocercoid_I of Ophiotaenia europaea in reptiles. International Journal of Parasitology 27, 1513-1516.

Biserkov, V.Y., T. Genov, R. Hadjinikolova. (1998) Heligmosomoides glareoli Baylis, 1928 (Nematoda: Heligmosomidae): redescription and synonymy. Systematic Parasitology 41, 179-186.

Biserkov, V., Kostadinova, A. (1998) Intestinal helminth communities in Lacerta viridis Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from Bulgaria. Journal of Helminthology 3, 267-271.

Genov Т., Biserkov V., Georgiev B. (1999) Zoology - base course. Sofia: Pensoft Publishers, 329 p. (in Bulgarian)

Tzvetkov, Y., I. Todev, B.B. Georgiev, V.Y. Biserkov. (1999) Enzootic gnathostomiasis of the polecat (Mustela putorius L.) in Bulgaria. Bulgarian Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2, 47-52.

Biserkov, V.Y., H.S. Yildirimhan, G. Buchvarov, I.H. Ugurtas (2000) Polystoma macrocnemis n. sp. (Monogenea: Polystomatidae) from the Iranian longlegged wood frog Rana macrocnemis (Ranidae) in Turkey. Systematic Parasitology 45, 1-6.

Kostadinova A., Gibson, D.I., Biserkov, V., Chipev N.. (2000) Re-validation of Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 (Digenea: Echinotomatidae) on the basis of the experimental completion of its life-cycle. Systematic Parasitology 45, 81-108.

Kostadinova A., Gibson, D.I., Biserkov, V., Ivanova R. (2000) A quantitative approach to the evaluation of the morphological variability of two echinostomes, Echinostoma miyagawai Ishii, 1932 and E. revolutum (Froelich, 1802) from Europe. Systematic Parasitology 45, 1-15.

Sharpilo, V.P., V. Biserkov, A. Kostadinova, J.M. Behnke, Y.I. Kuzmin. (2001) Helminths of the sand lizard, Lacerta agilis (Reptilia, Lacertidae), in the Palaearctic: faunal diversity and spatial patterns of variation in the composition and structure of component communities. Parasitology 123, 389-400.

Sichanov D., Chipev N., Biserkov V. (2004) Spatial distribution of terrestrial small mammals in the region of Srebarna reserve. *Ann. Univ. Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski” 96*, 411-421.

Sichanov D., Popov V., Biserkov V., Zidarova S., Chipev N. (2006) Spatial pattern and diversity of small mammal assemblages in the area of Srebarna Managed Nature Reserve (NE Bulgaria). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 58, 209-222.

Yurlova N.I., Vodyanitskaya S.N., Serbina E.A., Biserkov V.Y., Georgiev B.B., Chipev N.H. (2006) Temporal variation in prevalence and abundance of metacercariae in the pulmonate snail Lymnaea stagnalis in Chany Lake, West Siberia, Russia: long-term patterns and environmental covariates. Journal of Parasitology 92, 249-259.

Biserkov, V. (Ed.) (2007) A field guide to amphibians and reptiles of Bulgaria. Sofia: Green Balkans, 140 pp. (in bulgarian).


Ecosystem Research, Environmental Risk Assessment and Conservation Biology
Community Ecology and Conservation Biology
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Conservation Biology


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