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Boyan Vagalinski

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Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth: 08.12.1984, Sofia

Education and degrees

1998-2003: National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Acad. L. Chakalov”, profile “Biology”
2007: Bachelor of Biology, Biological Faculty, Sofia University.
2009: Master of Biology, Biological Faculty, Sofia University, master programme in Еntomology; diploma work: „Species composition and ecological features of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Plana Mountain”, supervisor Dr Albena Lapeva-Gjonova
2014: Ph.D, Biological Faculty, Sofia University; thesis: "Revision of the millipede tribe Brachyiulini (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae)", supervisor Dr Plamen Mitov


2012-2014: Assistant at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2014-2021: Chief Assistant at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Since 2022: Associate Professor at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS

Knowledge and skills:

Languages: English – very good (Cambridge Advanced English certificate), German – basic, Russian - basic
Computer skills: MS Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Driving licence: yes

Research interests

Taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and ecology of millipedes (Diplopoda)

Membership in scientific bodies

member of the International Society of Myriapodology, since 2014

Foreign research visits

Natural History Museum of Geneva (05–10.07.2010, 13–22.06.2012 and 11–15.05.2015)
Zoological Museum with University, Hamburg (21–26.05.2012)
Zoological Museum with University, Copenhagen (30.01.2012–10.02.2012 and 06.06.2013–10.06.2013)
Museum of Natural History, Vienna (25.02.2013–08.03.2013)
Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest (11.3–22.3.2013 and 30.03–3.04.2015)

Current and recent projects

2012-present: “Quinone Millipedes” Revisited: Non-Benzoquinonic Compounds in the Defensive Secretions of Julidan Diplopods
2013-2014: Terrain Studies of Species Distribution/Evaluation of Species and Habitat Status for the Territory of the Whole Country - Phase I. Funded by Operational Program "Environment 2007-2013", BG161PO005/11/3.0/03/24.
2015: HU-TAF-4828 "Brachyiulini from the Caucasus (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae)", funded by SYNTHESYS European Union-funded Integrated Activities grant


Vagalinski, B. & Stoev, P. (2007) An annotated catalogue of the millipede order Julida (Diplopoda) in Bulgaria. – Historia Naturalis Bulgarica, 18: 35-63.

Vagalinski, B. (2011) First data about the anamorphosis in two julid species (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae) collected from Bulgaria. In: D. Petkova, Z. Lalchev, I. Traykov, A. Tosheva, D. Nikolova, Y. Evstatieva (Eds): Youth Scientific Conference “Kliment’s Days”, second book, pp. 73-76.

Vagalinski, B. & Stoev, P. (2011) An annotated checklist of the myriapods of the Western Rhodopes Mts (Bulgaria and Greece), 1–15. – In: Beron, P. (Ed.). Biodiversity of Bulgaria 4. Biodiversity of Western Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece) II. Pensoft & National Museum of Natural History, Sofia.

Vagalinski, B. & Lapeva-Gjonova, A. (2012) The ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Plana Mountain (Bulgaria). – Historia Naturalis Bulgarica, 20: 87-101.

Lazányi, E., Vagalinski, B. & Korśoś, Z. (2012) The millipede genus Megaphyllum Verhoeff, 1894 in the Balkan Peninsula, with description of new species (Myriapoda: Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae). - Zootaxa, 3228: 1–47.

Vagalinski, B., Lazányi, E. & Golovatch, S.I. (2013) Redescription of the subgenus Parancistrum Verhoeff, 1943, an eastern Mediterranean lineage of the millipede genus Megaphyllum Verhoeff, 1894 (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae: Brachyiulini). - Zootaxa, 3734 (5): 501–520.

Lazányi, E. & Vagalinski, B. (2013) Redefinition of the millipede subgenus Megaphyllum sensu stricto Verhoeff, 1894 and neotype designation for Megaphyllum austriacum (Latzel, 1884) (Myriapoda: Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae). - Zootaxa, 3741 (1): 055–100.

Lazányi, E. & Vagalinski, B. (2013) A new genus of the millipede tribe Brachyiulini (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae) from the Aegean region. - European Journal of Taxonomy, 70: 1-12.

Vagalinski, B., Golovatch, S., Simaiakis, S.M., Enghoff, H. & Stoev, P. (2014) Millipedes of Cyprus (Myriapoda: Diplopoda). - Zootaxa, 3835 (4): 528–548.

Vagalinski, B., Stoev, P. & Enghoff, H. (2015) A review of the millipede genus Typhloiulus Latzel, 1884 (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae) with a description of three new species from Bulgaria and Greece. - Zootaxa, 3999 (3): 334–362.

Vagalinski, B. & Golovatch, S.I. (2016) Two new species of Anamastigona from Cyprus and an updated key to species of the genus (Diplopoda: Chordeumatida: Anthroleucosomatidae). - European Journal of Taxonomy, 227: 1-19.

Bodner, M., Vagalinski, B., Makarov, S.E., Antić, D.Ž., Vujisić, L.V., Leis, H.-J. & Raspotnig, G. (2016) "Quinone Millipedes" reconsidered: evidence for a mosaic-like taxonomic distribution of phenol-based secretions across the Julidae.- Journal of Chemical Ecology, 42: 249-258.

Bodner, M., Vagalinski, B., Makarov, S.E. & Raspotnig, G. (2017) Methyl N-methylanthranilate: major compound in the defensive secretion of Typhloiulus orpheus (Diplopoda, Julida).- Chemoecology, 27: 171-175.

Makarov, S.E., Bodner, M., Reineke, D., Vujisić, L.V.,Todosijević, M.M., Antić, D.Ž., Vagalinski, B., Lučić, L.R., Mitić, B.M., Mitov, P., Anđelković, B.D., Lučić, S.P., Vajs, V.,Tomić, V.T. & Raspotnig, G. (2017) Chemical ecology of cave-dwelling millipedes: defensive secretions of the Typhloiulini (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae).- Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43: 317–326.

Bachvarova, D., Vagalinski, B., Doichinov, A. & Stoev, P. (2017) New records of millipedes and centipedes from Bulgaria, with an annotated checklist of the Bulgarian myriapods.- Zootaxa, 4263 (3): 507–526.

Vagalinski, B. & Lazányi, E. (2018) Revision of the millipede tribe Brachyiulini Verhoeff, 1909 (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae) with descriptions of new taxa.- Zootaxa, 4421 (1): 001–142.

Bodner, M., Vagalinski, B. & Raspotnig, G. (2018) Chemotaxonomic potential of exocrine alkyl esters in julid millipedes (Diplopoda: Julidae: Cylindroiulini).- Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 81: 1-11.

Vagalinski, B., Meng, K., Bachvarova, B. & Stoev, P. (2018) A redescription of the poorly known cave millipede Skleroprotopus membranipedalis Zhang, 1985 (Diplopoda, Julida, Mongoliulidae), with an overview of the genus Skleroprotopus Attems, 1901.- Subterranean Biology, 26: 55–66.

Vagalinski, B.L., Stoev, P.E. & Mitov, P.G. (2018) Myriapoda (Chilopoda and Diplopoda) of the City of Plovdiv, 13–18. In: Mollov, I., Georgiev, D. & Todorov, O. (Eds). Faunistic diversity of the city of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Volume 1 – Invertebrates.– Regional Natural History Museum Plovdiv & University of Plovdiv Publishing House

Antić, D., Vagalinski, B., Stoev, P. & Golovatch, S. (2018) Two new species of the millipede genus Metonomastus Attems, 1937 from the Balkan Peninsula (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae).- ZooKeys, 786: 43–57.

Vagalinski, B. & Golovatch, S. (2019) Omobrachyiulus mesorientalis sp. n., the first record of the millipede genus Omobrachyiulus Lohmander, 1936 in the Near East (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae: Brachyiulini).– Arthropoda Selecta, 28 (1): 1–7.

Stoev, P. & Vagalinski, B. (2019) Myriapods (Myriapoda) of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, NW Bulgaria, 23–32. In: Bechev, D. & Georgiev, D. (Eds). Faunistic Diversity of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park. Part 2.– Zoonotes, Supplement 7, Plovdiv University Press.

Vagalinski, B., Golovatch, S.I., Akkari, N. & Stoev, P. (2019) Simplogonopus rubellus (Attems, 1901) gen. n., comb. n. (Diplopoda: Polydesmidae: Trichopolydesmidae): Revealing the identity of an enigmatic eastern-Mediterranean millipede.- Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 71 (3): 325–334.


Animal Diversity and Resources
Biodiversity and Ecology of Invertebrates
Research group
Fauna, Taxonomy and Ecology of Invertebrates


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