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Pavel Nikolov

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Dr Pavel N. Nikolov
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2 Gagarin Street 1113 Sofia
tel.: (359 2) 871 71 95
fax: (359 2) 870 54 98

Curriculum vitae


2004: PhD, Parasitology and helminthology, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS, thesis: Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of the cestodes of the subfamily Progynotaeniinae (Cyclophyllidea) from charadriiform birds, supervisor Dr B.B. Georgiev, homepage
1997: MSc, Biology and Chemistry, Faculty of Biology, St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University, thesis: Model of ecological education within the project Balkan Bear Conservation Network, supervisor Dr N.V. Tsanova


2004-present: Research Fellow, Department of Biodiversity, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS
2004: Biologist, Department of Biodiversity, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS

Research Visits:

2006: Département des invertébrés, Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Ville de Genève (Dr J. Mariaux)
2006: Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals (RAS), Novosibirsk (Prof. V.D. Gulyaev)
2005: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas (Assoc. Prof. K. Jensen)
2005: Parasitic Worms Division, The Natural History Museum, London (Dr D.T.J. Littlewood)
2004: Biological Station of the Doñana Biosphere Reserve (CSIC), Seville (Dr A. Green)
2003: Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev (Prof. V.V. Kornyushin)


2004: Third award for basic parasitology donated by the European Federation of Parasitologists at the Ninth European Multicolloquim of Parasitology, Valencia, Spain
2003: Award for the best poster presentation at the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Systematics Association, Dublin, Ireland
2003: ‘Academician Ivan Vasilev’ annual award for the best publication by young parasitologist


Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B. (2002) The morphology and new records of two progynotaeniid cestode species. Acta Parasitologica, 47: 121-130

Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B. (2004) Biological systematics in Bulgaria. The Systematist, 23: 19-20

Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B., Gulyaev V.D. (2004) New data on the morphology of species of the genus Leptotaenia Cohn, 1901 (Cestoda, Progynotaeniidae). Systematic Parasitology, 58: 1-15

Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B., Gvozdev E.V., Gulyaev V.D. (2005) Taxonomic revision of the cestodes of the family Progynotaeniidae (Cyclophyllidea) parasitising stone curlews (Charadriiformes: Burhinidae). Systematic Parasitology, 61: 123-142

Georgiev B.B., Sánchez M.I., Green A.J., Nikolov P.N., Vasileva G.P., Mavrodieva R.S. (2005) Cestodes from Artemia parthenogenetica (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in the Odiel Marshes, Spain: a systematic survey of cysticercoids. Acta Parasitologica, 50: 105-117

Sánchez M.I., Georgiev B.B., Nikolov P.N., Vasileva G.P. Green A.J. (2006) Red and transparent brine shrimps (Artemia parthenogenetica): a comparative study of their cestode infections. Parasitology Research, 100 (1): 111-114

Georgiev B.B., Sánchez M.I., Vasileva G.P., Nikolov P.N., Green A.J. (2007) Cestode parasitism in invasive and native brine shrimps (Artemia spp.) as a possible factor promoting the rapid invasion of A. franciscana in the Mediterranean region. Parasitology Research, 101: 1647-1655

Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B., Dezfuli B.S. (2008) Cyclophyllidean metacestodes from Echinogammarus tibaldii (Amphipoda: Gammaridae) from Lake Piediluco, Italy. Acta Parasitologica, 53(2): 215-218

Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B. (2008) Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic analysis of the cestode genus Paraprogynotaenia Rysavy, 1966 (Cyclophyllidea: Progynotaeniidae). Systematic Parasitology, 71(3): 159-187

Littlewood D.T.J., Waeschenbach A., Nikolov P.N. (2008) In search of mitochondrial markers for resolving the phylogeny of cyclophyllidean tapeworms (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda) – a test study with Davaineidae. Acta Parasitologica, 53(2): 133-144

Yoneva A., Świderski Z., Georgieva K., Nikolov P.N., Mizinska Y., Georgiev B.B. (2008) Spermiogenesis and sperm ultrastructure of Valipora mutabilis Linton, 1927 (Cestoda, Cyclophyllidea, Gryporhynchidae). Parasitology Research, 103(6): 1397-405

Vasileva G.P., Redón S., Amat F., Nikolov P.N., Sánchez M.I., Lenormand T. & Georgiev B.B. (2009) Records of cysticercoids of Fimbriarioides tadornae Maksimova, 1976 and Branchiopodataenia gvozdevi (Maksimova, 1988) (Cyclophyllidea, Hymenolepididae) from brine shrimps at the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France, with a key to cestodes from Artemia spp. from the Western Mediterranean. Acta Parasitologica 54(2), 143–150

Yoneva A., Georgieva K., Nikolov P.N., Mizinska Y., Georgiev B.B., Stoitsova S.R. (2009) Ultrastructure of spermiogenesis and mature spermatozoon of Triaenorhina rectangula (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea: Paruterinidae). Folia Parasitologica 56(4): 275–283

Yoneva A., Georgieva K., Mizinska Y., Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B., Stoitsova S.R. (2010) Ultrastructure of spermiogenesis and mature spermatozoon of Anonchotaenia globata (von Linstow, 1879) (Cestoda, Cyclophyllidea, Paruterinidae). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm), 91: 184–192

Nikolov P.N., Cappozzo H.L., Berón-Vera B., Crespo E.A., Raga J.A., Fernández M. (2010) Cestodes from Hector's beaked whale (Mesoplodon hectori) and spectacled porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica) from Argentinean waters. Journal of Parasitology, 96(4): 746-51

Redón S., Amat F., Hontoria F., Vasileva G.P., Nikolov P.N., Georgiev B.B. (2010) Participation of metanauplii and juvenile individuals of Artemia parthenogenetica (Branchiopoda) in the circulation of avian cestodes. Parasitology Research (published online)

Sánchez M.I., Nikolov P.N., Georgieva D.D., Georgiev B.B., Vasileva G.P., Pankov P., Paracuellos M., Lafferty K.D., Green A.J. (2013) High prevalence of cestodes in *Artemia* spp. throughout the annual cycle: relationship with abundance of avian final hosts. Parasitology Research, 112 (5): 1913-1923


Animal Diversity and Resources
Biodiversity and Ecology of Parasites
Research group
Taxonomy, Evolution and Ecology of Helminths


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