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Martin Marinov

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


ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7785-9436
ResearcherID: L-9074-2016

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Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 1 February 1972, Stavertsi, Bulgaria


2017: PhD in Ecology, Department of Animal Diversity and Resources, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Thesis: Associations between individual behaviour and haemosporidian infections in model species of passerine birds (In Bulgarian, English abstract).
Supervisor: Prof. Boyko Georgiev
Co-supervisor: Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev

2010: MSc in Vertebrate Zoology, Department of Zoology and Anthropology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
Thesis: Behaviour of the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) in Captivity - Classification and Construction of a Comprehensive Ethogram (In Bulgarian).
Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Ventseslav Delov
Adviser: Assoc. Prof. Diana Zlatanova

2007: BSc in Biology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".

Research Visits:

February 2012: Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

Participation in scientific meetings:

Marinov, M., D. Dimitrov, A. Bobeva, K. Ivanova, S. Peev, M. Ilieva. Bird anti-mosquito defensive behaviour in relation to avian malaria. 12th European Ornithologists' Union Congress, 26 - 30.08.2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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

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

Marinov, M., P. Zehtindjiev, C. Marchetti. Prevalence of Blood Parasites in Birds of Different Personalities: Comparative Research in Certain European Bird Species.
Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife, 7 – 11 August 2013, Nature Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Marinov, M., P. Zehtindjiev, D. Dimitrov, M. Ilieva, C. Marchetti. Bird Behaviour and Malaria: Hypotheses, Preliminary Results and Possible Consequences for Wetland Biodiversity. International Conference "Wetlands: Functioning, Management and Restoration", 16 – 19 October 2011, Albena Resort, Varna, Bulgaria.

Research interests

Animal behaviour: personality and behavioural syndromes in passerines; behavioural plasticity; animal cognition

Behavioural and evolutionary ecology: Interaction between haemosporidians and bird behaviour - adaptive value, effects and consequences for the host fitness and survival


Dimitrov, D., Bobeva, A., Marinov, M. P., Ilieva, M., Zehtindjiev, P. 2023. First evidence for development of Plasmodium relictum (Grassi and Feletti, 1891) sporozoites in the salivary glands of Culex modestus Ficalbi, 1889. Parasitology Research, 122(7): 1689-1693. (doi:10.1007/s00436-023-07853-z).

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(1): 41–48. (doi:10.1515/ami-2019-0005).

Marinov, M., 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(2): 126-137. (doi:10.1080/03949370.2015.1102776).

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(6): 405–410. (doi:10.1139/cjz-2016-0121).

Vasilev, V., & Marinov, M. P. (2017). Oological characteristics of a colony of Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula L.) in the town of Shumen, NE Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 69(1): 143–147. (link)

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. (link)

Michev, B., Zehtindjiev, P., Marinov, M. P. & Liechti, F. (2017). Relationship between the Intensity of Nocturnal Migration Measured by Radar and the Anthropogenic Mortality of Birds. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 69(2) 229–237. (link)


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


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