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Ilya Fabian Acosta, MSc, zoologist, PhD candidate NMNH—BAS. Photo: (c) Assen Ignatov
Ilya Fabian Acosta, MSc, zoologist, PhD candidate NMNH—BAS. Photo: (c) Assen Ignatov

Ilya Fabian Acosta

(MSc, zoologist)
phone: (+359 89) 5080478; e-mail:

Born: 9 September 1983, Sofia.
Education:
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota (2002—2008); Specialty: Biology, Ecology.
National Museum of Natural History, Sofia (NMNHS); PhD candidate (2014—2018); Specialty: Vertebrates zoology.

Research interests


Mammals’ zoology and ecology, biodiversity and environmental conservation.

Current projects


Research in Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) ecology, territoriality and population density in Bulgaria. PhD candidate at National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS), (2014—2018)
Monitoring of birds and bats in windfarms at several regions in Spain, Bulgaria, Mexico, Chile and Colombia (from 2011)

Professional experience


Manager of the project: Jackal (Canis aureus) ecology: territoriality and population density in Bulgaria and in the border region with Romania and the Republic of Macedonia (2016—2017).
Field study of birds and mammals in the regions of Gumes (Tamaulipas) and Cansahcab (Yucatan) in Mexico (2015).
Expedition of the National Museum of Natural History to north-east Turkey, for the study of big carnivores (2015).
Monitoring of the jackal population in the Danube Delta (Romania) (2013 and 2015).
Mapping and identification of conservation status of bats populations. Project ‘Mapping and identification of conservation status of natural habitats and species Phase I’. European Union, Operational Program ‘Environment 2007—2013’, Consortium ‘Natura Bulgaria’ and Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria (2011—2012).
Lecturer in the topic ‘Environmental education’. Project ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’, Tallinn, Estonia. European Union, Youth in Action Program (2011).
Field Assistant: Sampling of the mammal fauna in the municipality of Valencia, Córdoba Region, Colombia, Natural Science Institute, National University of Colombia Bogotá (2008).
Experimental design and sampling of bats within a project for elaboration of Environmental Management Plan, Trinidad Municipality, Casanare Region, Colombia (2008).
Assistant in Practical Module ‘Mammals’ as a part of Introduction to Animal’s Systematics Course, Natural Science Institute, National University of Colombia Bogota (2006 and 2007).
Management and rehabilitation of wildlife, Wild Animals Rescue and Rehabilitation Unit, URRAS, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, National University of Colombia, Bogota (2005—2006).
White-footed Tamarin (Saguinus leucopus): Behavioral categories assessment in captivity conditions, Piscilago Zoo, Colsubsidio, Melgar, Tolima Department, Colombia (2005).

Publications


Spassov, N., Ignatov, A., Acosta-Pankov, I., 2016. On the status of the leopard in Turkey, again. — Cat news No 64, Autumn 2016, ISSN 1027-2992.

Spassov, N., Ignatov, A., Acosta-Pankov, I., 2015. The Story of the Turkish Dhole. Exploring and documenting diversity in nature. — CETAF Newsletter, October 2015.

Acosta-Pankov, I., Spassov, N., 2014. Preliminary results on social behavior of golden jackals (Canis aureus Linnaeus, 1758) living in captivity at the Zoo in Sofia, Bulgaria. — First International Jackal Symposium. Book of Abstracts.

Acosta-Pankov, I., Banea, O. C., Spassov, N., 2014. Preliminary results of the population density of Golden jackals (Canis aureus Linnaeus, 1758) in various habitats in Eastern Bulgaria. — First International Jackal Symposium. Book of abstracts. 13—16 October. Veliko Gradiste, Serbia. Univ. of Belgrade, p. 12.

Acosta-Pankov, I., Muñoz-Saba, Y., 2009. Morphometric analysis in relation to diets of bats assembly in Trinidad (Casanare, Colombia). — Tenth International Mammalogical Congress. Abstracts.

Acosta-Pankov, I., Mora-Fernandez, C., 2008. Mammal fauna of the Municipality of Trinidad (Colombia). —

Tiboche-Garcia, A., Acosta-Pankov, I., Camero-R., E., 2007. Trophic structure of arthropod communities in natural ecosystems of the Magdalena River basin, Colombia. — XXXIV Congress of the Colombian Society of Entomology. Abstracts.

Muñoz-Saba, Y., Acosta-Pankov, I., Vivas-Zamora, N., 2006. Forest fragments and the risk of carrying capacity saturation. — II Colombian Congress of Zoology. Abstracts.