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Emiliya Vacheva. Photo: (c) Radostina Pravcheva
Emiliya Vacheva. Photo: (c) Radostina Pravcheva

Emiliya Vacheva

(PhD student)
phone: (+359 87) 8238940; e-mail:

Born 2 December 1989, Montana.

Education


PhD, National Museum of Natural History (2016 — 2019);

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohrdiski, Department of Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Master‘s of Science degree in Vertebrate Zoology (2012—2014);

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohrdiski, Department of Biology, Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology (2008—2012).

Research interests


Herpetology, biology, ecophysiology and ecology of lizards, spatial and feeding relationships between lizards (Lacertida, Scincidae, Anguidae), species and ecosystem conservation.

Current projects


2020—2022 An integrative approach for clarifying the prevalence, biologic characteristics and phylogenetic relations among closely related amphibian species (Anura and Caudata) in Bulgaria. Funded by contract KP-06-N31/11 from the National Science Fund of Bulgaria.
2019—2021 Research of the pheromone communication of the Nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and its role in the species behavior. Funded by contract KP-06-N21/11 from the National Science Fund of Bulgaria.
2019—2020 Studies on aspects of the biology of poorly studied reptiles and mammals in Bulgaria. Funded by contract KP-06-M21/18 from the National Science Fund of Bulgaria.

Contributions to congresses


5th International Congress on Biodiversity: Taxonomy, Speciation and Euro-Mediterranean Biodiversity, 11—13 October 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria — ‘Diet of the Viviparous lizard Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from its southern range of distribution’ — talk; ‘Comparison of methodologies for the extraction of snakes’ (Reptilia: Serpentes) skin secretions and preliminary results on the presence of pheromones’ — poster.
20th European Congress of Herpetology, SEH — 2—6 September 2019, Milan, Italy — ‘On the reproductive biology and hemipenial morphology of the meadow lizard (Darevskia praticola (Eversmann, 1834)) (Squamata: Lacertidae) in Bulgaria’ — poster.
Youth Scientific Conference Kliment’s Days 8—9 September 2018, poster ‘Sexual size dimorphism in the Balkan subspecies of the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis bosnica Schreiber, 1912 (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in Bulgaria’.
2nd Balkan Herpetological Symposium — 19—23 September 2018, Poreč, Croatia, oral presentation ‘Food spectrum of the Viviparous lizard Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from its southern range of distribution’.
19th European Congress of Herpetology, SEH — 19—22 September 2017, Salzburg, Austria, poster presentation;
5th Congress of ecologists of the Republic of Macedonia with International participation — 19—22 October, 2016, Ohrid, Macedonia, poster presentation.
Seminar of ecology — 2016 with International participation, IBER — BAS, oral presentation — ‘How lizards manage their microhabitat selection in dynamic environment?’.
Seminar of ecology — 2014, with International participation, IBER — BAS, poster ‘Spatial niche partition among five sympatric lizards in North-West Bulgaria’ a first prize for best poster presentation award.

Publications


Vacheva, E. D., Naumov, B. Y., Tzankov, N. D., 2020. Diversity and Habitat Preferences in Lizard Assemblages (Reptilia: Sauria) from Model Territories in Western Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 72 [accepted paper].

Naumov, B., Lukanov, S., Vacheva, E., 2020. Social media in service of biodiversity conservation: providing new locality for Ichthyosaura alpestris (Laurenti, 1768), a glacial relict in Bulgaria. — Herpetology notes, 13: 181—183.

Popova, S., Vacheva, E., Tzankov, N., 2019. Sexual size dimorphism in the Balkan subspecies of the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis bosnica Schreiber, 1912 (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in Bulgaria. — Scientific Sessions of the Faculty of Biology, 104: 141—153.

Vacheva, E., 2018. Food spectrum oft he vivipoarous lizard Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823) (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from its southern range of distribution. — In: 13th Croatian Biological Congress with international participation, 19th—23rd September 2018, Poreč, Croatia. Book of Abstracts. pp. 10—11.

Vacheva, E., 2018. First records of keratophagy in Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823) suggest a common occurrence in free-ranging populations (Reptilia: Lacertidae). — Herpetology Notes, 11: 963—965.

Lukanov, S., Stanev, N., Vacheva, E., Naumov, B., 2018. A unique case of temporary bloat in Buresch’s crested newt Triturus ivanbureschi Arntzen and Wielstra, 2013. — Herpetology Notes, 11: 971—973.

Kornilev, Y. V., Popgeorgiev, G., Vacheva, E., Tzankov, N., 2018. First records of melanism (including in tail bifurcation) of lacertid lizards (Reptilia: Lacertidae) in Bulgaria. — North Western Journal of Zoology, 14 (1): 142—144.

Nenov, D., Yordanova, Y., Dimitrov,D ., Paunova, L., Popova, E., Lakova, S., Toneva, M., Petrov, P., Nestorova, S., Vacheva, E., Parvanov, D., Djilianova, I., Ivanova, E., Popova, R., Valev, A., Grozdanov, A., Tosheva, A., Traykov, I., Kostova, R., Manolov, P., Telenchev, I., 2016. Observations on species composition and behavioral specifics on monitored bird feeders in the green belt of Faculty of Biology, Sofia University. Improving the conditions for biodiversity in the area. — Annuaire de l’Université de Sofia St. Kliment Ohridsk Faculte de Biologie 2016, 101 (4): 55—64. Youth Scientific Conference Kliment’s Days, Sofia 2015.

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.