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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

2010-2013: Director of IBER-BAS

Recent Projects:

2016-2017 Integrated management plan for SCI BG0000573 “Kaliakra Complex”, SPA BG0002051 "Kaliakra" and SPA BG0002097 “White Cliffs”. Funded by EMEPA – MOEW. Project Coordinator, Zoning and Restrictions

2014-2016 Management plan for Managed Reserve “Srebarna”. Funded by EMEPA – MOEW.
Project Coordinator, Protected Areas, Fauna, Natural habitats

2012-2015: 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. Funded by FP7 EC (FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IOF Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development, GA No. 287844); IBER-BAS, Principal investigator.

2011-2013: Re-introduction of Saker Falcon in Bulgaria. Funded by International Wildlife Consultants Ltd (UK); IBER-BAS, Principal investigator.

2011-2013: Mapping and Identification of the Conservation Status of Natural Habitats and Species - Phase I. Funded by MOEW-Operational Programme Environment; Consortium “Natura Bulgaria“;
Technical Director.

2009-2012: Marine section of designed gas pipeline “South Stream” in Bulgarian sector of the Black Sea in “feasibility study” (2009) and “design documentation” (2011-2012) stages in the preliminary research on the landfall site of the “South Stream” gas pipeline in the Pasha Dere locality. Funded by “Peter Gaz” LCC, IO-BAS & IBER-BAS, Team leader.

2011-2012: Extension of the ecological network Natura’2000 in the Bulgarian Black Sea to overcome insufficient coverage for sea habitats 1110 and 1170 and the species Alosa immaculatа, Tursiops truncatus and Phocoena phocoena and scientific reserve for habitat 1180 and T. truncatus according to the conclusions of the European topic center for biodiversity from the biogeographical seminar for the Black Sea, held on 15 June 2010, Brindisi, Funded by MOEW, IO-BAS & IBER-BAS, Team leader.

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

- remote sensing, GIS modelling, drone photogrammetry, satellite imagery

- 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


1. Belcheva R. G., V. Y.Bisserkov (1984) Kariological Studies on Black Rat (Rattus rattusL.). Cytologia, 49: 573-581.

2. Biserkov V. Y.,R. Hadjinikolova (1992) Polystoma fuscus n. sp. (Polystomatidae) fromthe Common Spadefoot, Pelobates fuscus (Pelobatidae) in Bulgaria. SystematicParasitology, 25: 145-151.

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

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

5. BiserkovV. 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, 2: 251-254.

6. Belcheva R.G., V. Y.Bisserkov (1982) B-chomosomes in the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) fromBulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 35, 11: 1577-1580.

7. Belcheva R.G., V. Y.Bisserkov, G. H. Konstantinov, N. L. Ilieva, V. A. Beshkov (1984)Cytogenetic investigations of Lacerta erchardi riveti Chab. (Reptilia:Lacerti-dae). Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 37, 10: 1411-1413.

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

9. Genov T., B. B. Georgiev,V. Y. Biserkov (1984) Anoplocephaloides rauschi sp. n. (Cestoda:Anoplocephalidae), a parasite of Microtus nivalis Mart. (Rodentia) inBulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 37, 6: 795-798.

10. 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, 8: 137-140.

11. Belcheva R.G., V. Y.Bisserkov, N. L. Ilieva, V. A. Beshkov (1987) Karyological investigationsof two lizard species of the families Gekonidae and Scincidae. Compt. rend.Acad. bulg. Sci., 40, 12: 95-98.

12. Belcheva R.G., V. Y.Bisserkov, V. A. Beshkov, N. L. Ilieva (1988) Karyological studies of twolizard species of the family Anguidae. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci.,41, 12: 129-132.

13. Belcheva R.G., M. N.Topashka-Ancheva, V. Y. Bisserkov (1990) Karyological studies of Rhinolophusferumeguinum and Rhinolophus hipposideros (Rinolophidae: Chiroptera)from Bulgaria. Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 43, 2: 81-84.

14. Bisserkov, V. Y.(1995) New records of nematodes and acanthocephalans from snakes in Bulgaria. Compt.rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 48: 11-12, 87-89.

15. Bisserkov, V. Y.(1996) New records of platyhelminth parasites from snakes in Bulgaria. Compt.rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 49: 1, 73-75.

16. BiserkovV., A. Kostadinova. (1997) Development of the plerocercoid_I of Ophiotaeniaeuropaea in reptiles. International Journal of Parasitology, 27(12): 1513-1516.

17. Biserkov,V. Y., T. Genov, R. Hadjinikolova. (1998) Heligmosomoides glareoliBaylis, 1928 (Nematoda: Heligmosomidae): redescription and synonymy. SystematicParasitology 41, 179-186.

18. Biserkov,V. & Kostadinova, A. (1998) Intestinal helminth communities in Lacertaviridis Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from Bulgaria. Journal ofHelminthology, 3: 267-271.

19.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.

20. 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.

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

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

23.Yurlova N.I., Vodyanitskaya S.N., Serbina E.A., Biserkov V.Y., GeorgievB.B., Chipev N.H. (2006) Temporal variation in prevalence and abundance ofmetacercariae in the pulmonate snail Lymnaea stagnalis in Chany Lake, WestSiberia, Russia: long-term patterns and environmental covariates. Journal ofParasitology 92(2), 249-259.

24.Pavlova, M., M, Ihtimanska, I. Dedov, V. Biserkov, Y. Uzunov, L.Pehlivanov. 2013. New localities of Theodoxus transversalis (c. pfeiffer, 1828)within european Natura 2000 network on the islands of the lower Danube river. –Acta zoological bulgarica, 65 (1), 121-123. ISSN 0324-0770

25. Naumov, B., V. Biserkov (2013) On the distributionand subspecies Affiliation of Triturus dobrogicus (Amphibia: Salamandridae) inBulgaria. – Acta zoological bulgarica, 65 (3), 2013: 307-313. ISSN 0324-0770

26. Naumov,B. Y., V. Y. Biserkov. (2014) A Simple Non-destructive Methodfor the Study of the Palatine Teeth of Triturus Newts (Amphibia:Salamandridae) Acta zool. bulg., 66 (1),: 121-124

27. RagyovD., V. Biserkov, G. Gradev, I. Ivanov, E. Stoynov, G. Stoyanov, D.Domuschiev, A. Dixon. 2014. Past and Present Status of the Saker Falcon, Falcocherrug (Aves: Falconidae) in Bulgaria. Acta zoological bulgarica, 66 (3), 2014: 299-308. ISSN 0324-0770

28. Antonova V., P. Mitov,I. Dedov, L. Zapryanov, E. Todorov, V. Biserkov. 2015. Inventory of Vertigoangustior Jeffreys, 1830 and Vertigo moulinsiana (Dupuy, 1849)(Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from Natura 2000 Network in Bulgaria. Acta zoological bulgarica, 67(3), 2015: 365-374. ISSN 0324-0770

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

30. Шарпило В. П., В. Й.Бисерков, Х. Мунхбаяр (1987) Новые виды рода Thelandros (Nematoda:Pharyngodonidae) - паразиты центрально-азиатской агамидной ящерицы Agamastoliczkana (Reptilia: Agamidae). Вестн. зоологии, 6: 3-8.

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

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

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

34. Biserkov V. Y., T. Genov (1988) On thelife cycle of Ophiotaenia europaea Odening 1963. Хелминтология,25: 7-14.

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

36. Belcheva R. G., M. N.Topashka-Ancheva, V. Y. Biserkov (1992) Kariological study of threespecies of bats of the family Vespertilioniidae (Chiroptera, Mamalia) fromBulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 45: 72-76.

37. Belcheva R. G., V. Y.Bisserkov, V. A. Beshkov, N. L. Ilieva (1993) Цитогенетични изследвания надесет вида змии (Ophidia: Reptilia) от фауната на България. Annuaire del'Univ. de Sofia "Kl. Ohridski", Faculte de biologie, 82:277-287.

38.Tzvetkov, Y. I. Todev, B. B. Georgiev, V. Y. Biserkov. (1999) Enzooticgnathostomiasis of the polecat (Mustela putorius L.) in Bulgaria. BulgarianJournal of Veterinary Medicine, 2, 1, 47-52.

39. Sichanov D., Chipev N., Biserkov V. (2004)Spatial distribution of terrestrial small mammals in the region of Srebarnareserve. Ann. Univ. Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”. 96, 4, 411-421.

40. Sichanov D., Popov V., Biserkov V., Zidarova S.,Chipev N. (2006) Spatial pattern and diversity of small mammal assemblages inthe area of Srebarna Managed Nature Reserve (NE Bulgaria). Acta ZoologicaBulgarica. 58(2), 209-222.

41. Pehlivanov L., StefanovT., Mihov S., Biserkov V., Vassilev M., Apostolou A., Velkov B. 2011.Recent ichthyofauna in the wetlands along the Bulgarian section of the Danube.Scientific Annals of the Danube Delta Institute, Tulcea – romania, vol. 17. 83-88 pp.

42. GriftE., V. Biserkov, V. Simeonova, M. Huijser. 2009. Restoring ecologicalnetworks across transport corridors in Bulgaria. Proceedings ICOET, 2009,Session 232, pp 522-566.

43. Бисерков В. Й. (1987) Ролята на влечугите катодопълнителни и резервоарни гостоприемници в циркулацията на хелминти вБългария. В: Съвременни постижения на българската зоология.С., БАН: 81-84.

44.Белчева Р. Г., В. Й. Бисерков, Хр. Л. Илиева, Вл. Бешков, П. М. Петков(1984) Сравнително изучаване кариотипа на 8 вида гущери от род Lacerta(Sauria: Lacertidae). В: Трета нац. конф. по цитогенетика, 8-12 окт.Пловдив, том II: 436-439.

45. Бисерков В., Б. Петров, Б. Наумов, В. Бешков, Д.Добрев, Д. Духалов, П. Стоев, К. Христов, И. Иванчев. Опазванебиоразнообразието на земноводни и влечуги – постижения и предстоящи задачи. с..283-292. В: А. Петрова, Д. Димитрова, В. Владимиров (Ред.) (2005). Съвременносъстояние на биоразнообразието в България – проблеми и перспективи. Доклади нанац. Раб. Среща, 22 май – Международен ден на биологичното разнообразие, София,3-4 май 2004.

46. Бисерков В. 2017. Нови технологични възможности заекосистемни анализи в България. Наука,  Издание на Съюза на учените вБългария, София, том XXVII, кн. 5, с. 16-22. Доклад от IХ-тия „Семинар по екология – 2017 с международно участие“ на секция„Биология“ към СУБ и ИБЕИ – БАН (27 – 28.04.2017 г., София)

47. PanayotovaM., Daskalov G., Todorova V., Georgieva I., Bekova R., Klayn S. and V.Biserkov. 2018. Mapping and Assessment of the Ecosystem Services toFisheries in the Black Sea. Fourteenth Int. Conf. on Marine Sciences andTechnologies. Black Sea 2018. pp 136-140. ISSN 1314 – 0957.

48. Дундарова Х., В. Бисерков, К. Стойчков. 2014.Значение на малките пещери за опазването на пещеролюбивите видове прилепи.         28.03.2014 - 30.03.2014

49. Biserkov V., S. Lukanov. 2015. Unmanned aerialvehicles (UAVs) for surveying freshwater turtle populations. 5th InternationalSymposium on Emys orbicularis and the other European freshwater turtles, 19-21August, Kiten, Bulgaria.

50. Djorgova N., D.Ragyov, B. Naumov, V. Biserkov, B. Nikolov. (2017). Nest-site selection ofLong-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in Balkan Mountain. Seminar ofEcology – 2017 with international participation, Sofia, 27-28 April2017(постер)

51. Kazakov S, Biserkov V., Pehlivanov L., Nedkov S.(2018). Preliminary results of eutrophication assessmentin water bodies from Lower Danube floodplain using Sentinel 2 images. Seminarof ecology 26-27 April 2018 Sofia.

52.Biserkov V, Berov D., Tsvetkova N, Biserkov J. (2017). Black Sea ecosystemsassessment and mapping: Geodatabase design and workflow specifics. –International Scientific Conference “Mapping and assessment of freshwater andmarine ecosystem services in Bulgaria”, 31 March 2017, Sofia.

53.Karamfilov V., Berov D., Biserkov V., Daskalov G., Klayn S., BiserkovJ., Todorova V., Panayotova M., Eftimova E., Doncheva V., Vassilev V.,Tsvetkova N., Ivanov I. (2017). Mapping of marine ecosystems and their sevicesin the Bulgarian Black Sea region. Evaluation of current condition. – InternationalScientific Conference “Mapping and Assessment ofEcosystem Services in Bulgaria – Science in Action” 06 – 07. 02. 2017,Sofia.

54. Biserkov, V., B. Naumov. 2012. Changes after 1948 in the habitatsof amphibians and reptiles in the area of the Srebarna lake Biosphere reserve. – In: Uzunov, Y., B.B. Georgiev, E. Varadinova, N. Ivanova, L.Pehlivanov, V. Vasilev (Ed.) Ecosystems of Biosphere Reserve Srebarna Lake,Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House. pp. 163-183.

55. Biserkov, V. 2012. Changes after 1948 in the habitats of mammalsin the area. – In: Uzunov, Y., B.B. Georgiev, E. Varadinova, N. Ivanova, L.Pehlivanov, V. Vasilev (Ed.) Ecosystems of Biosphere Reserve Srebarna Lake,Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House. pp. 155-162.

56. ГеновТ., Бисерков В., Георгиев Б. (1999) Зоология - кратък курс. София, Академичноиздателство "Проф. М. Дринов" и Издателство "Пенсофт",329 с. Генов Т., Бисерков В.,Георгиев Б. (2002) Зоология - кратък курс. София, Издателство"Пенсофт", 329 с (второ издание).

57. Grift E., V. Biserkov, V. Simeonova. 2008.Restoring ecological networks across transport corridors in Bulgaria.Identification of bottleneck locations and practical solutios. Alterra,Wageningen, UR, 150 pp.

58. Бисерков В. (Ред.). 2007.  Определител наземноводните и влечугите в България. София, Издателство „Зелени Балкани”, 140с.

59. Бисерков В. (Ред.). (2015)  Червена книга на Република България: том ІІІ. Природниместообитания, българско и на английско издание, Съвместно издание на БАН иМОСВ.

60. Biserkov, V. 2015. (Editor-in-Chief). Red Data Bookof the Republic of Bulgaria: Volume 1 - Plants & Fungi;Volume 2 – Animals; Volume 3 - Natural habitats., Digital edition, Jointedition of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences & Ministry of Environment andWater.

61. Бисерков В. Й. (1989) Хелминти на влечугиот разред Squamata в България - фаунистични,морфологични и биологични изследвания. Централна лаборатория похелминтология при БАН, София.


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