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Mihaela Ilieva

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2 Yurii Gagarin Street,
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
e-mail: mihaela.ilieva@gmail.com
Phone: +359-2-871 71 95 (105)
Fax: +359-2-870 54 98

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 30 November 1979; Sofia, Bulgaria

Degree

2007: Doctorate (PhD) in Ecology, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Thesis title: Orientation behaviour of passerine trans-Saharan migrants
Supervisors: Dr. Pavel Zehtindjiev
Dr. Bozhidar Ivanov

2003 : Diploma in Biology in Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria
Thesis title: New data on species composition and distribution of chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from wild birds in Bulgaria.
Supervisors: Dr. Boyko Georgiev
Dr. Albena Gyonova

Employment

May 2017 – present: Assoc. prof., Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
Sept 2019 - Oct 2019: Project assistant at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Aug 2018 - Oct 2018: Project assistant at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2017 – Oct 2017: Project assistant at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2015 – Oct 2015: Project assistant at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2014 – Feb 2015: Post-doc at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2013 – Feb 2014: Post-doc at Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Sweden
Mar 2009 – Apr 2017: Chief Assistant, Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
Aug 2009 – Feb 2013: Post-doc at Lund University and Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
Mar 2007 – Feb 2009: Biologist, Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Zoology, BAS
Mar 2004 – Dec 2007: PhD student, Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Zoology, BAS
Sep 2003 – Feb 2004: Biologist, Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Zoology, BAS
Apr 2002 – Aug 2003: Laboratory assistant, Biological station “Kalimok”, Institute of Zoology, BAS

Research visits

Sep – Oct 2004: Ringing Station at La Nava, Spain
Jun – Jul 2006: Field Station of Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Saratov, Russia
Aug – Sept 2007: Field Station of Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Saratov, Russia
Aug 2009 – Feb 2010: Lund University, Sweden
Dec 2010 – March 2011: Lund University, Sweden
June – July 2011: Arctic Station, Disko Island, Greenland
Nov – Dec 2011: Gdansk University, Poland
Feb 2012: Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2013 – Feb 2014: Lund University, Sweden
Sept 2014 – Feb 2015: Lund University, Sweden
Sept – Oct 2015: Lund University, Sweden
Sept – Oct 2017: Lund University, Sweden

Participation in scientific meetings

Marinov, M., Dimitrov, D., Bobeva, A., Peeva, K., Peev, S., Ilieva, M. Bird anti-mosquito defensive behaviour in relation to avian malaria (poster). 12th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 26-30 August 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Dimitrov, D., Marinov, M., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Bedev, K., Atanasov, T., Zehtindjiev, P. Influence of avian malaria and other haemosporidian parasites (Apicomplexa, Haemosporida) on leucocyte profile of rosy starlings (Pastor roseus) (poster). 12th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 26-30 August 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Marinov, M., Ilieva, M. Comparison of exploratory behaviour in two subspecies of the willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus in relation to haemosporidian infections (poster). 6th Polish Evolutionary Conference, 26-28 September 2018, Warsaw, Poland.

Ilieva, M., Peev, S., Bankov, N., Požgayová, M., Koleček, J., Dimitrov, D., Sjöholm, C., Bobeva, A., Marinov, M., Zehtindjiev, P., Honza, M., Bensch, S., Procházka, P. Tracking the parasites: Inferring the transmission areas of haemosporidian parasites by tracking their hosts (poster). 3rd International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 27-29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.

Bobeva, А., Marinov, М., Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P., Bensch, S. What is hidden in the bloodmeal? (poster). 3rd International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 27-29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.

Ivanova, K., Zehtindjiev, P., Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Peev, S., Bensch, S. A discrepancy between morphological and molecular analyses of a haemosporidian parasite in little bitterns (Ixobrychus minutus) from Bulgaria. 3rd International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 27-29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.

Marinov, M., Marchetti, C., Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Do mixed haemosporidian infections exert additive effects on the behaviour of a passerine host? (poster). 3rd International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 27-29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.

Ilieva, M., Bankov, N., Požgayová, M., Koleček, J., Dimitrov, D., Sjöholm, C., Peev, S., Bobeva, A., Zehtindjiev, P., Honza, M., Bensch, S., Procházka, P. Tracking the parasites: Inferring the transmission areas of haemosporidians by tracking their hosts (poster). 10th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 24-28 August 2015, Badajoz, Spain.

Ilieva, M., Muś, K., Åkesson, S., Ożarowska, A., Zehtindjiev, P. Time-dependent innate migratory detour in a recently expanded population of the Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) (poster). Wild Clocks: Ecology meets chronobiology, 15-20 March 2015, Texel, The Netherlands.

Ilieva, M., Koleček, J., Bankov, N., Požgayová, M., Dimitrov, D., Sjöholm, C., Peev, S., Marinov, M, Zehtindjiev, P., Honza, M., Bensch, S., Procházka, P. Migratory journey of European great reed warblers and the risk of infection with avian malaria and related haemosporidians (Haemosporida) (poster). CAnMove Conference, Häckeberga Slott 26-27 January 2015, Sweden.

Dimitrov, D., Zehtindjiev, P., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Bensch, S., Valkiūnas, G. Molecular and morphological diagnostics of avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites, with remarks on the parasite detrimental effects (poster). 26th International Ornithological Congress, 18-24 August 2014, Tokyo, Japan.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Dimitrov, D., Bobeva, A., Marinov, M., Hahn, S., Amrhein, V., Križanauskienė, A., Liechti, F., Bensch, S. Transmission regions of haemosporidian parasites of three common nightingale populations with different wintering grounds in Africa. International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 7-11 August 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Bobeva, A., Bensch, S., Marinov, M., Hahn, S., Zehtindjiev, P. The real prevalence of haemosporidian (Apicomplexa, Haemosporida) parasites in the Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis): What we can estimate? International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 7-11 August 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bobeva, A., Dimitrov, D., Marinov, M., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjev, P., Bensch, S. A survey of Haemoproteus spp. vectors with respect to their host preferences and transmission of avian haemosporidians. International Conference on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 7-11 August 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Ilieva, M., Bensch, S., Oparina, O., Oparin, M., Hansson, B., Åkesson, S., Dimitrov, D., Križanauskiene, A., Zehtindjiev, P. Range expansion of paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) in wetlands along the black sea coast: population differences in genetics, parasite diversity and behaviuor. International Conference, Wetlands: Functioning, Management and Restoration, 16-19 October 2011, Varna, Bulgaria.

Ilieva, M., Bensch, S., Sjöholm, C., Dimitrov, D., Zehtindjiev, P., Åkesson, S. Gradual change in the migratory passage of willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) populations through the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula revealed by genetic markers. 8th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 27-30 August 2011, Riga, Latvia.

Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Hahn, S., Zehtindjiev, P. Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) in NE Bulgaria: morphometrics and capturing periods. 8th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 27-30 August 2011, Riga, Latvia.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P., Dimitrov, D., Oparina, O., Oparin, M., Åkesson, S. Migratory orientation of paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) displaced from NE Bulgaria to Saratov province, Russia. RIN11 Orientation & Navigation: Birds, Humans & Other Animals, 6-9 April 2011, University of Reading, UK.

Ilieva, M., Åkesson, S. Displacement orientation experiments with two subspecies of willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus and P. t. acredula) in SW and SE Sweden. 25th International Ornithological Congress, 22-28 August 2010, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ilieva, M. Current knowledge of the chewing lice on wild birds in Bulgaria (poster). IV International conference on Phthiraptera, 13-18 June 2010, Ürgüp, Turkey.

Ilieva, М., Åkesson, S. Displacement orientation experiments with two subspecies of willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus and P. t. acredula) in SW and SE Sweden. 10th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network 11-13 December 2009, Przebendowo, Poland.

Ilieva, M., Raykova, V. Diversity of malaria blood parasites and their vectors at Kalimok Biological Station. IV Avian Malaria Workshop, 24-27 November 2008, Badajoz, Spain.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Time dependent bimodal program in the orientation behaviour of the European Paddyfield Warblers (Acrocephalus agricola) along E-W axis (poster). RIN 08 Orientation & Navigation Birds, Humans & Other Animals, 2 - 4 April 2008, University of Reading, UK.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Hansson, B., Bensch, S., Oparina, O., Oparin, M. Reconstruction of the postglacial colonization of present European area by the Paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) – orientation behaviour, avian malaria and genetic variability of the population (poster). 2nd International Eurasian Orni-thology Congress, 26-29 October 2007, Antalya, Turkey.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Bengt, H., Bensch, S. Connectivity in Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola Jerd.) – orientation behaviour, avian malaria and genetic variability of the population. 6th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 24-28 August 2007, Vienna, Austria.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Orientation behaviour of tree passerine trans-Saharan migrants: influence of meteorological factors and physiological condition. 9th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network, 5-8 July 2007, Cracow, Poland.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Bensch, S. Experimental study of GRW2 and GRW4 lineages (Haemosporida: Plasmodium) – parasitemia, fitness cost and their association in a migratory songbird. Workshop on avian malaria, 27-28 March 2006, Lund, Sweden.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P., Shurulinkov, P. Accompanying infections in the experimental study of avian malaria parasites – an opportunistic approach. Workshop on avian malaria, 27-28 March 2006, Lund, Sweden.

Prochazka, P., Hobson, K., Karcza, Z., Cepak, J., Fiedler, W., Thomas, R., Sceba, S., Reif, J., Beier, J., Ilieva, M., Patapavicius, R. Delineating the migratory divide in the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) using stable isotopes and ringing recoveries – a progress report. 8th Workshop of the SE European Bird Mi-gration Network, 2-5 February 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Bensch, S. Parasitemia of avian malaria in naturally and experimentally infected hosts of a migratory songbirds. 8th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network, 2-5 February 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Time-dependent bimodal programme in the orientation behaviour of the European Paddyfield Warblers (Acrocephalus agricola) along E-W axis. 8th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network, 2-5 February 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Directions of the autumn migration of three passerine trans-Saharan migrants in Bulgaria: results from orientation cage experiments (poster). 5th Conference of the European Ornithologists` Union, 19-24 August 2005, Straburg, France.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Directions of the autumn migration of three passerine trans-Saharan migrants in Bulgaria: results from orientation cage experiments. 7th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Net-work, 1-3 July 2005, Przebendowo, Poland.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. Migratory state: body mass and fat level of five species of long-distance migrants during autumn migration in NE Bulgaria. Workshop of European Science Foundation, 6-9 January 2005, Seewisen, Germany.

Ilieva, M. General report of the ringing and orientation experiments in Kalimok station. 6th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network, 6-8 February 2004, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ilieva, M. Orientation behaviour of long-distance migrants - sun and researcher influences. 6th Workshop of the SE European Bird Migration Network, 6-8 February 2004, Istanbul, Turkey.

Courses

BioCORE Project Spring School, Molecular Approaches in Ecology and Evolution, 3-7 April 2006, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Graduate Student Course in Ecology of Animal Migration, 17-26 October 2007, Lund, Sweden.

Graduate Student Course Principles of Taxonomic and Phylogenetic Studies, 23 April-16 May 2008, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Graduate Student Course Statistical Methods in Ecology, 18 November-10 December 2008, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Graduate Student Course Conservation of Biological Diversity: Theoretical Aspects and Methodological Approaches, February 2011, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.

Training course Basic Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics, 12-16 March 2012, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Sofia, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.

Supervising of master students

• Miroslava Kirilova, Sofia University, 2012
• Nikola Bankov, Sofia University, 2014
• Jieyun Liu, Lund University (assisting supervisor), 2013-2014

Research interests

Bird migration: orientation behaviour, directionality and terms of migration at species and population levels, physiological and ecological aspects of bird migration, evolution processes and conservation aspects

Bird parasites: blood parasites (Haemosporida), chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) and louse flies (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) on wild birds

Publications

Ivanova-Aleksandrova, N., Christova, I., Dimitrov, D., Marinov, M. P., Panayotova, E., Trifonova, I., Taseva, E., Gladnishka, T., Kamenov, G., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. 2021. Records of ixodid ticks on wild birds in Bulgaria. Problems of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases 49: 35-39.

Kolarova, N., Ilieva, M. 2021. Three new records of feather mite species (Acari: Astigmata) for Bulgaria. ZooNotes 185: 1-4.

Åkesson, S., Bakam, H., Hernandez, E. M., Ilieva, M., Bianco, G. 2021. Migratory orientation in inexperienced and experienced avian migrants. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, doi: 10.1080/03949370.2021.1905076.

Åkesson, S., Ilieva, M., Bianco, G. 2021. Flexibility and Control of Circadian Activity, Migratory Restlessness and Fueling in Two Songbird Migrants. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9: 666176.

Stępniewska, K., Ożarowska, A., Busse, P., Bobrek, R., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Meissner, W. 2020. Autumn migration strategy of juvenile great reed warblers Acrocephalus arundinaceus on the eastern European flyway: a spatiotemporal pattern of accumulation and utilisation of energy stores. The European Zoological Journal 87: 537-551.

Zhao, T., Ilieva, M., Larson, K., Lundberg, M., Neto, J. M., Sokolovskis, K., Åkesson, S., Bensch, S. 2020. Autumn migration direction of juvenile willow warblers (Phylloscopus t. trochilus and P. t. acredula) and their hybrids assessed by qPCR SNP genotyping. Movement Ecology 8: 22.

Dimitrov, D., Marinov, M. P., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Bedev, K., Atanasov, T., Zehtindjiev, P. 2019. Haemosporidian parasites and leukocyte profiles of pre-migratory rosy starlings (Pastor roseus) brought into captivity. Animal Migration 6: 41-48.

Bianco, G., Ilieva, M., Åkesson, S. 2019. Magnetic storms disrupt nocturnal migratory activity in songbirds. Biology Letters 15: 20180918.

Bianco, G., Köhler, R.C., Ilieva, M., Åkesson, S. 2019. Magnetic body alignment in migratory songbirds: A computer vision approach. The Journal of Experimenthal Biology 222: jeb196469.

Ilieva, M., Bianco, G., Åkesson, S. 2018. Effect of geomagnetic field on migratory activity in a diurnal passerine migrant, the dunnock, Prunella modularis. Animal Behaviuor 146: 79-85.

Hahn, S., Dimitrov, D., Emmenegger, T., Ilieva, M., Peev, S., Zehtindjiev, P., Briedis, M. 2018. Migration, wing morphometry and wing moult in Spanish and House Sparrows from the eastern Balkan Peninsula. Journal of Ornithology doi: 10.1007/s10336-018-1597-1

Stępniewska, K., Ożarowska, A., Busse, P., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Hnatyna, O., Meissner, W. 2018. Fuelling strategies differ among juvenile Sedge and Reed Warblers along the eastern European flyway during autumn migration. Ornis Fennica 95: 103–114.

Brlík, V., Ilieva, M., Lisovski, S., Voigt, C. C., Procházka, P. 2018. First insights into the migration route and migratory connectivity of the Paddyfield Warbler using geolocator tagging and stable isotope analysis. Journal of Ornithology doi: 10.1007/s10336-018-1557-9

Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Ivanova, K., Brlík, V., Zehtindjiev P. 2018. Detecting local transmission of avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites (Apicomlexa, Haemosporida) at a Special Protection Area of Natura 2000 network. Parasitology Research 117: 2187-2199.

Procházka, P., Brlík, V., Yohannes, E., Meister, B., Auerswald, J., Ilieva, M., Hahn, S. 2018. Across a migratory divide: divergent migration directions and non‐breeding grounds of Eurasian reed warblers revealed by geolocators and stable isotopes. Journal of Avian Biology 49: jav-012516.

Åkesson, S., Ilieva, M., Karagicheva, J., Rakhimberdiev, E., Tomotani, B., Helm, B. 2017. Timing avian long-distance migration: from internal clock mechanisms to global flights. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372 (1734): 20160252.

Zehtindjiev, P., Vasilev, V., Marinov, M. P., Ilieva, M., Dimitrov, D., Peev, S., Raykov, I., Raykova, V., Ivanova, K., Bedev, K., Yankov, Y. 2017. No Evidence for Displacement of Wintering Red-breasted Geese Branta ruficollis (Pallas, 1769)(Anseriformes) at a Wind Farms Area in Northeast Bulgaria: Long-term Monitoring Results. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 69 (2): 215-228.

Marinov, M. P., Marchetti, C., Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. 2017. Mixed haemosporidian infections are associated with higher fearfulness in Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava). Canadian Journal of Zoology 95: 405-410.

Marinov, M. P., Zehtindjiev, P., Dimitrov, D., Ilieva, M., Bobeva, A., Marchetti, C. 2017. Haemosporidian infections and host behavioural variation: a case study on wild-caught nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos). Ethology Ecology & Evolution 29: 126-137.

Peev, S., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Träff, J., Briedis, M., Adamík, P. 2016. Haemosporidian blood parasite diversity and prevalence in the semi-collared flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) from the eastern Bal-kans. Parasitology International 65: 613-617.

Bianco, G., Ilieva, M., Veibäck, C., Öfjäll, K., Gadomska, A., Hendeby, G., Felsberg, M., Gustafsson, F. & Åkesson, S. 2016. Emlen funnel experiments revisited: methods update for studying compass orientation in songbirds. Ecology and Evolution 6: 6930-6942.

Dimitrov, D., Iezhova, T. A., Zehtindjiev, P., Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Kirilova, M., Bedev, K., Sjöholm, C., Valkiūnas, G. Molecular characterisation of three avian haemoproteids (Haemosporida, Haemoproteidae), with the description of Haemoproteus (Parahaemoproteus) palloris n. sp. Systematic Parasitology 93(5): 431-449.

Koleček, J., Procházka, P., El-Arabany, N., Tarka, M., Ilieva, M., Hahn, S., Honza, M., De la Puente, J., Bermejo, A., Gürsoy, A., Bensch, S., Zehtindjiev, P., Hasselquist, D., Hansson, B. 2016. Cross-continental migratory connectivity and spatiotemporal migratory patterns in the great reed warbler. Journal of Avian Biology 47: 756-767.

Briedis, M., Träff, J., Hahn, S., Ilieva, M., Král, M.,Peev, S., Adamík, P. 2016. Year-round spatiotemporal distribution of the enigmatic Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata. Journal of Ornithology doi:10.1007/s10336-016-1334-6.

Ilieva, M., Bianco, G., Åkesson, S. 2016. Does migratory distance affect fuelling in a medium-distance pas-serine migrant?: results from direct and step-wise simulated magnetic displacements. Biology Open 5: 272-278.

Hahn, S., Korner-Nievergelt, F., Emmenegger, T., Amrhein, V., Csörgő, T., Gursoy, A., Ilieva, M., Kverek, P., Pérez-Tris, J., Pirrello, S., Zehtindjiev, P. and Salewski, V. 2015. Longer wings for faster springs – wing length relates to spring phenology in a long-distance migrant across its range. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 68-77.

Bobeva, A., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Dimitrov, D., Mathis, A., Bensch, S. 2015. Host preferences of ornithophilic biting midges of the genus Culicoides in the Eastern Balkans. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 29: 290-296.

Åkesson, S., Odin, C., Hegedüs, R., Ilieva, M., Sjöholm, C., Farkas, A., Horváth, G. 2015. Testing avian compass calibration: comparative experiments with diurnal and nocturnal passerine migrants in South Sweden. Biology Open 4: 35-47.

Dimitrov, D., Palinauskas, V., Iezhova, T. A., Bernotene, R., Ilgūnas, M., Bukauskaitė, D., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Shapoval, A. P., Bolshakov, C. V., Markovets, M. Y., Bensch, S., Valkiūnas, G. 2014. Plasmodium spp.: An experimental study on vertebrate host susceptibility to avian malaria. Experimental Parasitology 148: 1-16.

Bobeva, A., Ilieva, M., Dimitrov, D., Zehtindjiev, P. 2014. Degree of associations among vectors of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) and host bird species with respect to haemosporidian parasites in NE Bulgaria. Parasitology Research 113: 4505-4511.

Valkiūnas, G., Palinauskas, V., Ilgūnas, M., Bukauskaitė, D., Dimitrov, D., Bernotienė, R., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Iezhova, T. 2014. Molecular characterization of five widespread avian haemosporidian parasites (Haemosporida), with perspectives on the PCR-based detection of haemosporidians in wildlife. Parasitology Research 113(6): 2251-2263.

Dimitrov, D., Zehtindjiev, P., Bensch, S., Ilieva, M., Iezhova, T., Valkiūnas, G. 2014. Two new species of Haemoproteus Kruse, 1890 (Haemosporida, Haemoproteidae) from European birds, with emphasis on DNA barcoding for detection of haemosporidians in wildlife. Systematic Parasitology 87: 135-151.

Michalczuk, J., McDevitt, A. D., Mazgajski, T. D., Figarski, T., Ilieva, M., Bujoczek M., Malczyk, P., Kajtoch, Ł. 2014. Tests of multiple molecular markers for the identification of Great Spotted and Syrian Woodpeckers and their hybrids. Journal of Ornithology. doi: 10.1007/s10336-014-1040-1.

Mettler, R., Schaefer, M., Chernetsov, N., Fiedler, W., Hobson, K., Ilieva, M., Imhof, E., Johnsen, A., Renner, S., Rolshausen, G., Seeano, D. 2013. Contrasting Patterns of Genetic Differentiation among Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) with Divergent Migratory Orientations in Europe. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81365. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081365.

Ożarowska A., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P, Åkesson, S., Muś, K. 2013. A new approach to evaluate multimodal orientation behaviour of migratory passerine birds recorded in circular orientation cages. The Journal of Experimenthal Biology 216: 4038-4046.

Dimitrov D., Valkiūnas G., Zehtindjiev P., Ilieva M., Bensch S. 2013. Molecular characterization of haemosporidian parasites (Haemosporida) in yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava), with description of in vitro ookinetes of Haemoproteus motacillae. Zootaxa 3666: 369–381.

Ilieva, M., Toews, D. P. L., Bensch, S., Sjöholm, C., Åkesson, S. 2012. Autumn migratory orientation and displacement responses of two willow warbler subspecies (Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus and P. t. acredula) in South Sweden. Behavioural Processes 91: 253– 261.

Asghar, M., Westerdahl, H., Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Hasselquist, D., Bensch, S. 2012. Primary peak and chronic malaria infection levels are correlated in experimentally infected great reed warblers. Parasitology 139: 1246-1252.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Hansson, B., Oparina, O., Oparin, M., Bensch, S. 2011. Population genetic structure in the paddyfield warbler (Acrocephalus agricola Jerd.). Current Zoology 57(1): 63-71.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Bogdanova, M. I. 2010. Temporal dynamics of passerine bird migration in the eastern part of the Balkan peninsula. Ardeola 57(2): 375-386.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Åkesson, S. 2010. Orientation behaviour of paddyfield warblers, Acrocephalus agricola, from a recently expanded breeding range at the Western Black Sea coast in autumn. Behavioural Processes 85(2): 167-171.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Križanauskienė, A., Oparina, O., Oparin, M., Bensch, S. 2009. Occurrence of haemosporidian parasites in the paddyfield warbler, Acrocephalus agricola (Passeriformes: Sylviidae). Acta Parasitologica 54(4): 295-300.

Ilieva, M. 2009. Checklist of the chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from wild birds in Bulgaria. Zootaxa 2138: 1-66.

Shurulinkov, P., Ilieva, M. 2009. Spatial and temporal differences in the blood parasite fauna of passerine birds during the spring migration in Bulgaria. Parasitology Research 104(6): 1453-1458.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Westerdahl, H., Hansson, B., Valkiunas, G., Bensch, S. 2008. Dynamics of parasitemia of malaria parasites in a naturally and experimentally infected migratory songbird, the great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus. Experimental Parasitology 119: 99-110.

Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G., Hristov, I., Ilieva, M., Pankova, R., Day, J. 2008. Contribution to the knowledge on the breeding ornithofauna of Eastern Turkey. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 60: 125-133.

Co-autor in Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea); Great Bustard (Otis tarda); Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola); Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon); Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris); Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus); Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus); Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia) - In: Iankov, P. (Ed.). 2008. Atlas of breeding birds in Bulgaria. Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds Conservation series, Book 10, BSPB, Sofia.

Oparina, O.S., Oparin, M.L., Ilieva, M. 2007. Petty passerine bird communities of reeds in the Saratov Trans-Volga region. Povolzhskiy Journal of Ecology 2: 130-139. (In Russian).

Valkiūnas, G., Zehtindjiev, P., Hellgren, O., Ilieva, M., Iezhova, T.A., Bensch, S. 2007. Linkage between mitochondrial cytochrome b lineages and morphospecies of two avian malaria parasites, with a descrip-tion of Plasmodium (Novyella) ashfordi sp. nov. Parasitology Research 100 (6): 1311-1322.

Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev P. 2005. Migratory state: body mass and fat level of some passerine long-distance migrants during autumn migration in NE Bulgaria. Ring, 27 (1): 119-125.

Ilieva, M. 2005. New data on the chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) from wild birds in Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 57 (1): 37-48.

Shurulinkov, P., M. Ilieva, J. Day, K. Vultchev 2004. Beobachtungen zur Brutvogelfauna der westlichen und zentralen Türkei. Ornithologische Mitteilungen 10: 347-352.

Zehtindjiev, P., Ilieva, M., Ozarowska, A., and Busse, P. 2003. Directional behaviour of the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) studied in two types of orientation cages during autumn migration – a case study. Ring 25: 53-63.

Shurulinkov, P., G. Stoyanov, P. Tzvetkov, K. Vulchev, R. Kolchagov, M. Ilieva 2003. Distribution and numbers of Tengmalm`s owl (Boreal owl) Aegolius funereus on Pirin mountain in southwest Bulgaria. Sandgrouse 25 (2): 103-116.

Affiliation

Department
Department of Animal Diversity and Resources
Division
Division of Biodiversity and Ecology of Parasites
Research group
Avian Blood Parasites

History

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