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Chief assist. Yordan Koshev, PhD
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
1, Tzar Osvoboditel blvd.; 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
e-mails: yordan.koshev@iber.bas.bg; bgsouslik@gmail.com
http://www.groundsquirrel.org/

Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (2005-2012), Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria. PhD thesis: “Ecological and ethological characterization of European ground squirrels (Spermophilus citellus L.) in model colonies in Bulgaria”.
http://www.iber.bas.bg/sites/default/files/Koshev_PhD_avtoreferat.pdf

Master of Science – Biology (MSc).
Faculty of Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997-2002). Specialization: (1) Zoology of vertebrates and anthropology (2) Ichthyology and fish farming. MSc thesis: “Dynamics of small rodents’ population spatial structure in the region of Beglika reserve”.

Professional School of Agriculture and Veterinary medicine, Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1991-1995): Diploma awarded: /upper secondary education/Profile: Veterinary doctor's assistant.

TRAINING AND COURSES:
Y. Koshev visited in more than 10 scientific training and courses.

(1) Summer Schools for PhD-students in Ecology and Biodiversity: Understanding Patterns and Processes, Mammal Research Institute, 26.05.–03.06.2007, Bialowieza, Poland. Founded by: the European Union in 6th Framework Program, Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses – BIOSEB Contract number MSCF-CT-2006-046111.
(2) Species monitoring with Mark-Release-Recapture (MRR) methods. Lecturer: Piotr Nowicki, PhD. 26–29.10.2010, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(3) International School of Conservation Biology (iSCB), Rovinj, CROATIA, 25.06-3.07.2011.

AWARDS:
Scholarship for Young scientists (2008-2009), World Federation of Scientists, Geneva, Switzerland.

MEMBERSHIP:
Union in Scientists of Bulgaria, Section "Teoretical and Evolution Biology".
East and South European Network on Invasive Alien Species (ESENSIAS) www.esenias.org

LEADER OF PROJECTS:

“Development of national ecological network NATURA 2000, stage 2009, in part of European souslik (Spermophilus citellus)”. (2010-2011) Head: Yordan Koshev. Founded by Ministry of Environmental and Water and Central Laboratory of General Ecology. Grant: 66/22.01.2010.

“Effect of pasture livestock breeding on biodiversity and ecological characteristics of model groups of animals”. (2006-2008) Head: Yordan Koshev. Founded by National Science Found, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, GrantМ MU – B 1604/06.

“Conservation of the European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus L.) with a view to the future changes the agricultural management in Central Bulgaria”. (2005-2006) Head: Yordan Koshev - Founded by MATRA/KNIP Small Royal Netherlands Embassy Nature Projects, Grant BG/KNIP05/04.

“Conservation of the European souslik - a step towards the prosperity of its native predators and preferred habitats”. (2004-2006) Head: Yordan Koshev - Founded by The Whitley Laing Foundation for International Nature Conservation - Rufford Small Grant programme.

PARTICIPATION IN PROJECTS:
Y. Koshev participates in more than 20 scientific and nature conservation projects.

"Mapping and determining conservation status of mammals in NATURA 2000 network in Bulgaria 2011-2013". Founded by MOEW-Bulgaria and Operational Programme Environment 2007 – 2013. Key expert about three rodent species: Romanian hamster (Mesocricetus newtoni), Mouse-tailed Dormouse (Myomimus roachi) and European souslik (Spermophilus citellus).

"Impact of “Trakia” highway traffic in the section between the town of Pazardzhik and the town of Plovdiv on biodiversity" (2008-2012) – Head: Dr. Nevena Kamburova-Ivanova (IBER, BAS) Funded by: National Science Found.

“Effect of ski-runs in the Pirin National Park on the biodiversity of model groups of organisms” (2008-2011) – Head: Dr. Stoyan Nikolov (IBER, BAS) – Funded by: National Science Found.

“Wetlanet - Enhancing research potential by strengthening a local network of laboratories for studying wetland ecosystems functioning, restoration and management” Host organization: Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS. Founded by: FP7 EC, CSA – SUPPORT ACTION, REGPOT-2008-1.

“Conservation of globally important biodiversity in high nature value semi-natural grasslands through support for the traditional local economy” (2008 – 2011) Host Organization: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds; Funding: UNDP & GEF.

“Conservation of Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon in key NATURA 2000 sites in Bulgaria” (2009-2013) Coordinating beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/BirdLife Bulgaria. Funded organisation: the European Union’s LIFE+ “Nature and Biodiversity “Program EC reference code: LIFE 07 NAT/BG/000068

"Preparation of the Bulgarian NATURA 2000 network of protected zones". Founded by: EMEPA /Enterprise for Management of Environment Protection Activities/, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water.

"Conservation of Species and Habitats in Bulgaria: EU-Approximation" Funded by: DANCEE program of the Danish Ministry of Environment.

“Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) in Southeast Europe – research and conservation” – Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS, Founded by: International Wildlife Consultants (IWC) – United Kingdom.

PARTICIPATIONS IN SCIENTIFIC FORUMS:

NATIONAL CONFERENCES:
(1) Conference "Evolution and Ecology - 2004", Union of Scientist of Bulgaria. 2004, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(2) Ist National Scientific Conference of Ecology “Biodeversity, Ecosystems, Global changes”, 4-5 November 2004, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(3) National conference with international participation “Stara Zagora – 2004”, 3-4 June 2004, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
(4) Ist Balkan Scientific Conference of Biology, 19-21 May 2005, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
(5) VI National Conference of Zoology, Sofia University, 21-22.05.2007, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(6) Conference “Evolution and Ecology III”, Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, 20-21.04.2007, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(7) First Scientific-Practical Conference with International Participation “Ecology and Environment – Regional and National Problems and Trends”, UACEG, 5-7.06.2008, Sofia, Bulgaria.
(8) Anniversary Scientific Conference of Ecology Plovdiv, 1.11.2008, Faculty of Biology, Plovdiv University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
(9) VII National Scientific Conference with International Participation “Nature Science' 2008”, Shumen University, 25-28.09. 2008, Varna, Bulgaria.
(10) Second Balkan Conference on Biology, 21-23.05.2010, “50 years University of Plovdiv”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES:
(1) 10th International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions, 26-30 June 2006, Patras, Greece.
(2) 1st European Ground Squirrel Meeting, 20-24 October 2006, Fesotarkany, Bukk National Park, Hungary.
(3) 2nd European Ground Squirrel Meeting, 1-5 October 2008, Svaty Jan pod Skalou, Czech Republic.
(4) 2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, 01 – 05 September 2009. Czech Republic
(5) International Conference “Balkans – hot spots of Ancient and Present Genetic Diversity” Sofia, 17 - 20 June 2009, Bulgaria.
(6) V European Conference on Behavioural Biology, July 16th-18th 2010, Ferrara, Italy.
(7) 3th European Ground Squirrel Meeting 2010, 27.09-04.10.2010, Ordu, Turkey.

Others:
Contributor of information to:
Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (http://www.europe-aliens.org)
The European Red List (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/conservation/species/redlist/down...)

Research interests

Behavioral ecology of mammals
Conservation biology of mammals

Publications

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS IN A MINOR TEXT:
Y. Koshev have more than 18 publications in a minor text in Book of abstracts from Scientific Conference in Bulgaria and abroad.

PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS (ISI):

Chassovnikarova T., M. Rovatsos, N. Atanasov, Y. Koshev. In press. Sex chromosome variability of Spermophilus citellus (Linnaeus, 1766) in the Southeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. – Mammalian Biology, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.10.002. [IF].
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1616504714001128

Nedyalkov N., Y. Koshev. 2014. Small Mammals (Erinaceomorpha, Soricomorpha, Rodentia, Lagomorpha) in Besaparski Ridove Special Protection Area (Natura 2000), Southern Bulgaria: Species Composition, Distribution and Conservation. - Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl. 5: 201-212. [IF]

Koshev Y. 2014. Small Mammals (Mammalia: Erinaceomorpha, Soricomorpha, Rodentia and Lagomorpha) in Ponor Special Protection Area (Natura 2000), Western Bulgaria: Species Diversity, Distribution and Conservation . – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl. 5: 107-115 [IF]

Nedyalkov N., Y. Koshev, I. Raykov, G. Bardarov 2014. Cases of variation of coat of small mammals from Bulgaria. – North West Journal of Zoology, 10(2): 314-317. [IF]. http://biozoojournals.ro/nwjz/content/v10n2/nwjz_141704_Nedyalkov.pdf

Říčanová Š., Y. Koshev, O. Říčan, N. Ćosić, D. Ćirović, F. Sedláček, J. Bryja. 2013. Multilocus phylogeography of the European ground squirrel: cryptic interglacial refugia of continental climate in Europe. – Molecular Ecology, 22: 4256–4269. doi: 10.1111/mec.12382. [IF]. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12382/abstract)

Kambourova-Ivanova N., Y. Koshev, G. Popgeorgiev, D. Ragyov, M. Pavlova, I. Mollov, N. Nedialkov. 2012. Effect of traffic on mortality of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals on two types of roads between Pazardzhik and Plovdiv region (Bulgaria) – Preliminary Results. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 64 (1): 57-67. [IF].

Koshev Y. 2010. Interspecific aggressive behaviour of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus L.). – Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment, 24 (2) Special Edition: 671-674.

Golemansky V., Y. Koshev. 2009. Systematic and ecological survey on Coccidians (Apicomplexa: Eucoccidida) in European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus L.) (Rodentia: Sciuridae) from Bulgaria. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 61 (2): 141-148.

Koshev Y. 2008. Distribution and status of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) in Bulgaria. – Lynx (Praha) n.s., 39 (2): 251-261.

Koshev Y., M. Kocheva. 2008. Daily activity pattern in free-living European ground squirrels Spermophilus citellus (Mammalia, Rodentia) from Northwestern Bulgaria. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, suppl. 2: 149-154.

Kоshev Y., I. Pandourski. 2008. Structure and variability of alarm calls of European ground squirrel Spermophilus citellus L. 1766 (Mammalia: Rodentia) from Western Bulgaria. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 60 (1): 99-105.

Golemansky V., Y. Koshev. 2007. Coccidian parasites (Eucoccidia: Eimeriidae) of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus L., 1766) (Rodentia: Sciuridae) from Bulgaria. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 59 (1): 81-85.

PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS:

Stoeva E., I. Ivanov, I. Stoev, L. Yankov, A. Mechev, Y. Koshev. 2016. Successful reinforcement of the European souslik of “Green Balkans” NGOs in the “Sinite kamani” Nature park, Bulgaria. – Annuaire de l’Université de Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculte de Biologie, First National Conference of Reintroduction of Conservation-reliant Species, Sofia 2015, University Press 2016, pp. 153-165. https://www.uni-sofia.bg/index.php/bul/content/download/160168/1141175/v...

Nedyalkov N., Y. Koshev 2016. Species composition and conservation of small mammals (Mammalia: Erinaceomorpha, Soricomorpha, Lagomorpha, Rodentia) in Vrachanska Planina Mountains, Bulgaria – Bechev D., D. Georgiev. (Eds). Faunistik diversity of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park – ZooNotes, Suppl. 3, Plovdiv University Press, Plovdiv, 277-284pp. http://www.zoonotes.bio.uni-plovdiv.bg/Supplements/Suppl%203/small%20mam...

Ragyov D., Y. Koshev, E. Kmetova, G. Gradev, G. Stoyanov, I. Stoev, D. Marinov. 2012. Preparatory activities for Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) reintroduction in Bulgaria: habitat management and electrocution risk assessment. – Aquila, 119: 91-103. ISSN 0374-5708.

Koshev Y. 2009. Distribution, isolation and recent status of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus L.) in Pazardzhik district, Bulgaria. Annual of Shumen University “Konstantin Preslavsky”, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Vol. XIX B6: 97-109. ISSN: 1311-834X.

Koshev Y., P. Genov. 2008. New record of Steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanni Lesson, 1827) in Northwestern Bulgaria. – Historia Naturalis Bulgarica, 19: 183-184.

Koshev Y., M. Kocheva. 2007. Environmental factors and distribution of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) in Bulgaria – Journal "Ecology & Safety. International Scientific Publications", 1: 276-287. ISSN 1313-2563.

PROCEEDINGS FROM CONFERENCES:

Koshev Y. 2008. Primarly data about structure of dominancy and small mammal (Micromammalia) species diversity in relation to the intensity of grazing. In: Velcheva I., A. Tsekov (Eds): Proceeding of Anniversary Scientific Conference of Ecology Plovdiv, November 1st 2008, p. 241-247. (In Bulgarian with English summary)

Koshev. Y., S. Zidarova. 2007. Small mammals (Insectivora, Rodentia and Lagomorpha) of Eastern Rila Mountain (Bulgaria). In: Proceedings of Conference “Evolution and Ecology III” Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Sofia, 59-66.

Koshev Y., N. Atanassov. 2005. Ecological - faunistic investigation of small mammals (Micromammalia) in the region of Dragoman marsh (Western Bulgaria). In: First National Scientific Conference of Ecology “Biodeversity, Ecosystems, Global changes”, Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia, Petekston Publishing House, 179-185. (In Bulgarian with English summary)

Koshev Y., N. Atanassov, M. Kocheva. 2005. Relation between body mass and home range size of small mammals. In: Proceeding of the Balkan Scientific Conference of Biology, 19-21 May 2005, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 437-444.

Atanassov N., Y. Koshev. 2004. Dynamics of small rodents’ population spatial structure in the region of Beglika reserve (Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria). In: National conference with international participation Stara Zagora – 2004. Stara Zagora Union of Scientists, Vol. 5, 359–364.

Koshev Y. 2004. Evolution of behavior. In: Proceedings from Conference "Evolution and Ecology - 2004", Union of Scientist of Bulgaria. Sofia, 33-41. (In Bulgarian with English summary)

PARTS OF BOOKS:

Trichkova T., R. Tomov, V. Vladimirov, Z. Hubenov, Y. Koshev, B. Nikolov, N. Tzankov, R. Stanchev, R. Hardalova (IN PRESS). Alien species in Bulgaria: Policy, projects, research, awareness rising. In: Rat M., T. Trichkova, R. Scalera, R. Tomov, A. Uludag (Eds.)(IN PRESS). East and South European Network on Invasive Alien Species (ESENSIAS) Report.

Koshev Y. 2009. River otter (Lutra lutra). In: Zingstra. H (final edit), Kovachev, А., Kitnaes, К., Tzonev, R., Dimova, D., Tzvetkov, P. 2009. Guidelines for Assessing Favourable Conservation Status of Natura 2000 Species and Habitat types in Bulgaria, pp: 619-623. Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Sofia (English). Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Geosoft Ltd, IPK Rodina, Sofia. pp: 865. ISBN 978-954-9959-49-9.

UNPUBLISHED REPORTS:

Ragyov D., Kmetova E., Dixon A., Franz K., Koshev Y. and N. Nedialkov. 2009. Saker Falcon Falco cherrug Reintroduction in Bulgaria: Feasibility Study. SESN. Sofia.

Koshev Y. 2005. Conservation of the European souslik: a step towards the prosperity of its native predators and preferred habitats. Final report. The Whitley Laing Foundation for International Nature Conservation. Rufford Small Grant Programme, UK.

Georgiev D., Y. Koshev. 2006. A report on the distribution and the habitats of the otter (Lutra lutra) in Bulgaria, and taking a part in the preparing of a conception of its conservation in the country in the Natura 2000 network. Ministry of the Environment and waters, Bulgaria, 17 pp.

CITATIONS:
The publications of Y. Koshev have been cited more than 110 times:
- 46 times in ISI scientific journals with IF;
- 18 times in ISI scientific journals without IF;
- 12 times in scientific journals (no IF);
- 16 times in PhD thesis;
- 13 times in scientific monograph book;
and etc.

Last update 15.07.2016

Affiliation

Department
Ecosystem Research, Environmental Risk Assessment and Conservation Biology
Division
Community Ecology and Conservation Biology
Research group
Bioacoustics

History

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