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Nikolay Tzankov

(Associate Professor Dr)
7 April 1977 — 22 June 2016

Professional situation


Professional category: Associate Professor

Academic degrees


MSc in Biology — Faculty of Biology, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ (2001)
PhD in Zoology — Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ (2007)


Research interests


Phylogeography, phylogeny, evolution, conservation management, ecology, bioacoustics.

Scientific experience and qualification


2009 — Molecular Biological Techniques, Sylvius Laboratory, Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands, duration 4 weeks
2010 — Modern methods for assessing the fauna diversity — ecological approaches (GIS), 1 week

Contributions to congresses


Internationals — 6 presentations (2 oral presentations + 4 posters)
Nationals — 15 presentations (3 oral presentations + 12 posters)

Participation in courses and teaching activity


Teaching activities at the Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, course — Exercises of Zoology of the Vertebrates — 2005—2011, 1655 hours
Teaching activities at the Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, course — Herpetology — 2008—2013, 273 hours

Supervision of Master students and PhD Students


MSc students (9) — supervisor; PhD students (3) — consultant

Participation in other projects


36 contracts with private companies or administrations.

Field experience


Bulgaria (1996—2012); organisation and participation in expeditions outside Bulgaria: Turkey (2010, 2011), Greece (2010), Kenya (2012).

Other merits


Participation in other organisations
2010—2012 — Vice chair of the CITES scientific authority for Bulgaria

Editorial work
Referee — 21 manuscripts edited. Scientific journals: Acta zoological bulgarica, Conparative cytogenetics, Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle ‘Grigore Antipa’, Zoonotes, Ecologia Balcanica, Archives of biological sciences.

Participation in scientific societies


2011—2013 — Chairman of the Bulgarian Herpetological Society

Most recent publications


Henle, K., Andres, C., Bernhard, D. Grimm, A., Stoev, P., Tzankov, N., Schlegel, M., 2016. Are species genetically more sensitive to habitat fragmentation on the periphery of their range compared to the core? A case study on the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). — Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0418-2

Tzankov, N., Popgeorgiev, G., Kornilev, Y., Petrov, B., Zidarova, S., Stefanov, T., 2015. Sofia. — In: Kelcey, J. (ed.), Vertebrates and Invertebrates of European Cities: Selected Non-Avian Fauna. Springer Science & Business Media New York, XX, 700 pp.

Natchev, N., Tzankov, N., Vergilov, V., Kummer, S., Handschuh, S., 2015. A highly specialised pivot joint in the neck of a minute lizard: functional morphology of the cranio-cervical complex of Ablepharus kitaibelii. — Contribution to Zoology, 84 (1): 13—23.

Lukanov, S., Tzankov, N., Simeonovska-Nikolova, D., 2015. A comparative study of the mating call of Pelophylax ridibundus (Pallas, 1771) and Pelophylax kurtmuelleri (Gayda, 1940) from syntopic and allotopic populations. — Journal of natural history, 49 (5—8): 257—253.

Vergilov, V., Tzankov, N., 2014. Influence of environmental factors over the external morphology of the snake-eyed skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Reptilia: Scincidae). — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 66 (2): 217—224.

Vergilov, V., Slavchev, M., Tzankov, N., 2014. Preliminary data on the population ecology of the snake-eyed skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Sauria: Scincidae) in Northerwestern Bulgaria. — с. 89—90. Първа национална конференция по биотехнология, 30 години Биотехнология в България/Научна конференция Климентови дни, 17—18, октомври 2014 г., София, Биологически факултет, 101 с.

Vacheva, E., Tzankov, N., 2014. Spatial niche partition among five sympatric lizards in North-West Bulgaria. — 45 p. Seminar of Ecology — 2014, Dedicated to 70 Years USB, 24—25 April 2014, 62 pp.

Tzankov, N., Popgeorgiev, G., Stojanov, A., Naumov, B., Westerström, A., Dyugmedziev, A., Kornilev, Y., 2014. Diurnal and seasonal activity patterns in viperid snakes (Serpentes: Viperidae) in Bulgaria. — 38 p. 4th Biology of the Vipers conference, Athens, Greece, 10th—13th October, 59 pp.

Tzankov, N., Popgeorgiev, G. S., Naumov, B., Stojanov, A., Kornilev, Y. V., Petrov, B., Dyugmedzhiev, A., Vergilov, V., Dragomirova, R., Lukanov, S., Westerström, A., 2014. Identification guide to the amphibians and reptiles in Vitosha Nature Park. — Directorate of Vitosha Nature Park, Sofia, 248 pp. [PDF]

Tzankov, N., Popgeorgiev, G., 2014. Conservation and declines of Amphibians in Bulgaria. — In: Heatwole, H., Wilkinson, J. W. (eds): Amphibian Biology Volume 11: Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Eastern Hemisphere Part 4: Southern Europe and Turkey. Pelagic Publishing, Chapter 51: 131—139.


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