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Milka Elshishka

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

Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 16.08.1981, Panagyurishte, Bulgaria
2010-2013 PhD degree in Zoology in Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
PhD thesis: Taxonomy, microhabitat and geographic distribution of nematodes of order Dorylaimida from polar deserts
2005: MSc in Parasitology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski"
2003: BSc in Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski

Project participation:
2018-2018:Study of toxic elements and nematode diversity in soils of different habitats on Livingston Island, Antarctica.
2015-2018:STACCATO: SusTaining AgriCultural ChAnge Through ecological engineering and Optimal use of natural resources.Funded by BiodivERsa programme.
2015-2017:WEMA: Wetland ecosystem services mapping and assessment in Bulgaria.Funded by EEA-Norway grants.
2014-2017:Nematodes of fam. Longidoridae and fam. Trichodoridae in various crops under different management systems in China and Bulgaria. Bilateral project Bulgaria – China. Funded by the National Science Fund (NSF).
2009-2012 WETLANET - Enhancing research potential by strengthening a local network of laboratories for studying wetland ecosystems functioning, restoration and management; funded by FP7 EC (FP7 CSA – SUPPORT ACTION, contract No. 229802);
2009-2011 Development of scientific potential in the field of faunistic diversity and the protection of environment. Funded by Ministry of Education, Youth and Science and the European Social Fund, Operative Programme "Human Resources Development" ("Support to the development of PhD students, post-doctoral students, post-graduate students and young scientists) (BG 051 PO001-3.3.04/41)
2009-2011: CEBDER - Development of National Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research; funded by NSF (DO 02-15/2009)
2009-2011: Development of sustainable agriculture in South-East Europe: Risk assessment of virus vector nematodes (family Longidoridae) in agricultural and horticultural crops in Slovenia and Bulgaria; funded by NSF, bilateral agreement between Bulgaria and Slovenia
2005-2007: BioCORE – Centre for biodiversity and ecosystem research; funded by NSF


Shokoohi E, Iranpour F, Peneva V, Elshishka M, Fourie H, Swart A. Ditylenchus sarvarae sp. n. (Tylenchina: Anguinidae) from Iran. Zootaxa, 4399, 2018, DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4399.2.4, 197-206. ISI IF:0.931

Elshishka M, Lazarova S, Radoslavov G, Hristov P, Peneva VK 2017 Biogeography and phylogenetic position of Enchodeloides signyensis (Loof, 1975), gen. n., comb. n. from Maritime Antarctic (Nematoda, Nordiidae).ZooKeys 697: 37–58.

Groza M, Lazarova S, De Luca F, Fanelli E, Elshishka M, Radoslavov G, Hristov P, Coman M, Peneva V 2017 The morphological and molecular identity of Longidorus piceicola Lišková, Robbins & Brown, 1997 from Romania (Nematoda, Dorylaimida). ZooKeys 667: 1-19.

Elshishka M, Peneva V, Lazarova S, Kumari S 2016 Characterisation of Trichodorus similis (Nematoda: Trichodoridae) associated with potato from the Czech Republic. Helminthologia 53(4): 401-407.

Elshishka M., Lazarova S., Radoslavov G., Hristov P., Peneva V. 2015. New data on two remarkable Antarctic species Amblydorylaimus isokaryon (Loof, 1975) Andrássy, 1998 and Pararhyssocolpus paradoxus (Loof, 1975), gen. n., comb. n. (Nematoda, Dorylaimida). ZooKeys 511: 25–68.

Elshishka M., Lazarova S., Peneva V. 2015 Terrestrial nematodes of Livingston Island, Maritime Antarctica. In: Pimpirev Ch. & Chipev N. (Eds). Bulgarian Antarctic Research. A Synthesis. "St Kliment Ohridski" University Press, Sofia, pp.. 320-334. ISBN: 978-954-07-3939-7

Nedelchev S., Elshishka M., Lazarova S., Radoslavov G., Hristov P., Peneva V. 2014. Calcaridorylaimus castaneae sp. n. (Nematoda, Dorylaimidae) from Bulgaria with an identification key to the species of the genus. ZooKeys, 410: 41–61.
doi: 10.3897/zookeys.410.6955

Amrei S. B., Pedram M., Pourjam E., Elshishka M., Ghaemi R., Peneva V. 2013. New data on Longidorus aetnaeus Roca, Lamberti, Agostinelli and Vinciguerra, 1986 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from Iran and Ajaria, Georgia. Systematic Parasitology, 85: 173-187

Elshishka M., Lazarova S., Peneva V. K. 2013. Heterodorus magnificus Altherr, 1952 and H. arcuatus (Thorne, 1939) (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) from Arctic polar deserts, new geographic records. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica,65(4)447-456.

Elshishka M., Lazarova S., Peneva V. 2012. Studies of the genus Enchodelus Thorne, 1939 (Nematoda, Nordiidae) from Arctic polar deserts. 1. Species with long odontostyle: E. makarovae sp. n. and E. groenlandicus (Ditlevsen, 1927) Thorne, 1939, with an identification key to the species of the E. macrodorus group. ZooKeys, 212: 1-23.

Peneva V. K., Urek G., Lazarova S., Širca S., Knapič M., Elshishka M., Brown D. J. F. 2012. Longidoridae and nepoviruses in Bulgaria and Slovenia. Helminthologia, 49, 1: 49-56.

Peneva V., Lazarova S., Nedelchev S., Elshishka M. 2011. Plant nematodes of the Rhodopes Mountains: an overview and additional data. In: P. Beron (Ed.) Biodiversity of West Rhodope Mountains. Vol. II Pensoft Publishers, pp. 31-54. P-ISBN hardback: 9789546426154, P-ISSN: 1312-0174.

Širca S., Urek G., Lazarova S., Elshishka M., Peneva V. 2011. Longidorus carniolensis sp. n. (Nematoda, Longidoridae) from vineyard soil in Slovenia. ZooKeys, 141: 1–27.

Lazarova S., Elshishka M., Peneva V., Biserkov V. 2011. Soil biodiversity in a changing environment. International Conference 100 Years Bulgarian Soil Science 16-20 May 2011, Sofia part 2: 764-749.

Peneva V., Lazarova S., Elshishka M., Makarova O., Penev L. 2009. Nematode assemblages of hair-grass (Deschampsia spp.) microhabitats from polar and alpine deserts in Arctic and Antarctic. In: Golovatch S.I., Makarova, O.L., Babenko A.B., Penev, L.D. (Eds.) Species and communities in extreme environment. Pensoft Publishers & KMK Scientific Press, Sofia-Moscow, pp. 419-438. ISBN 978-954-642-452-5


Animal Diversity and Resources
Biodiversity and Ecology of Invertebrates
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