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Phone: (+359) 2 8167 218
E-mail: rkostova@biofac.uni-sofia.bg;


Sofia University, Faculty of Biology,
Department of Zoology and anthropology,
8 “Dragan Tzankov” blvd, office 264, 1164, Sofia
Degrees PhD, Entomology
Postdoctoral training courses

November 2020: Exploratory Data Analysis. Authorized by Johns Hopkins University and offered through Coursera. Verification: coursera.org /verify/LWDBTK2DFAS6

October 2020. The Data Scientist’s Toolbox. Authorized by Johns Hopkins University and offered through Coursera. Verification: coursera.org /verify/WQ77XFGXCLJU

12-16 April, 2010: “Good practices of Life+ program”

15-18 March, 2010: “Advanced methods in faunal diversity estimating – ecological approaches (GIS)”

22-26 February, 2010: “Molecular taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology”

January, 2010: „Е-learning platforms for biostatistics and evaluation systems”

November, 2008: “ Moodle – І-st level

Teaching activities

In Bachelor degree:

- Biostatistics

- Zoology of Invertebrates

In Master degree:

- Practicum of Entomology – Coleoptera

- Biological control of pest insects

Research interests Taxonomy, Faunistics and ecology of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Quantitative methods and analysis in faunal and ecological researches. Monitoring and assessing of rare and protected beetle species.
Selected publications

Zidarova S. & Kostova R. 2021. A Pilot Monitoring Survey of the Lesser Blind Mole-rat Nannospalax (superspecies leucodon) (Mammalia: Rodentia) in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 73 (1): 107-112

Bekchiev R., Crevecoeur L., Gielen K., Bosmans B., Smets K. & Kostova R. 2020. One Hundred Years of Solitude: Rediscovery of the Rare and Protected Beetle Rhysodes sulcatus (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera: Rhysodidae) in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica, 72 (3): 383-384.

Kostova R., Bekchiev R. & Beshkov S. 2019. Coleoptera and Lepidoptera (Insecta) diversity in the central part of Sredna Gora Mountains (Bulgaria). Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta 10: 75–95

Bekchiev R., Guéorguiev B., Kostova R., Chehlarov E. & Sivilov O. 2018. New Records of Rare and Threatened Beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica 70 (4): 501-506

Sabella G., Bekchiev R. & Kostova R. 2017. Pselaphinae (Coleoptera Staphylinidae) from Sicily and Calabria (Italy). Results from a short entomological expedition in April, 2015. Biodiversity Journal 8 (1): 185–192

Bekchiev R., Sivilov O., Kostova R. & Lapeva-Gjonova A. 2017. Distribution of Amorphocephala coronate (Germar, 1817) (Coleoptera: Brentidae) in Bulgaria. ZooNotes 104: 1-3

Kostova R. & Guéorguiev B. 2016. The ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the Strandzha Mountain and adjacent coastal territories (Bulgaria and Turkey). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e8135. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e8135

Kostova R. 2015. Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) diversity patterns in forest habitats of high conservation value, Southern Bulgaria. Biodiversity Journal 6 (1): 341–352

Bekchiev R., Brachat V., Anlaş S., Özgen I., Yağmur E., Örgel S, Gjonov I. & Kostova R. 2015. Contribution to the Pselaphinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) of Anatolia, Turkey. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 67 (3): 319-324

Gueorguiev, B. & Kostova R. 2011. A new species of Duvalius, subg. Biharotrechus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) from Bulagaria. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 57 (4), pp. 305–313

Lapeva-Gjonova A., R. Kostova & B. V. Guéorguiev. 2011. New records of myrmecophilous beetles Paussus turcicus I. Frivaldszky von Frivald, 1835 (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in Southeastern Balkans. ZooNotes, 21: 1-3.

Kostova R. 2009. Ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in two biosphere reserves in the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria. Acta zool. Bulg., 61(2), 187-196.

Tasheva-Terzieva E. & Kostova R. 2007 The challenges of e-learning in biostatistics in the aim to join European trends in higher education. Proceedings of the Conference of the Union of Bulgarian Scientists - Stara Zagora.

Kostova, R. & M. Shishiniova. 2005. Food preferences of Pseudoophonus rufipes De Geer and Pseudoophonus griseus Panzer (Coleoptera: Carabidae) for seeds of weed and cultivated plants. Annuaire de l’Universite de Sofia, 96(4). 137-149.

Latest Projects

December 2019 – current. “Structural-functional characteristics and perspectives for the use of endemic, relict conifer communities in Bulgaria in the changing climate conditions. Funded by Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. Main activity: expert Coleoptera: Carabidae and Biostatistics.

December 2018 – current. “Cybertaxonomic approach to phylogenetic studies of model invertebrate genera (Invertebrata, Arachnida, Insecta) clarifyng the problems of origin, formation and conservation of the Invertebrate Fauna of the Balkan Peninsula”. Funded by Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, Contract № KP-06-Н21/1-17.12.2018. Main activity: expert Coleoptera: Carabidae and Biostatistics.

Mart - September 2016. " Improvement of the information system to the National System for Monitoring of the Biodiversity (IBBIS)". Public Procurement: "Selection of Experts for Development of Indicators for Assessment of Biodiversity - Bulgarian Natural Index (BNI)" - Expert - Consultant on Invertebrates. Contract №3201/14.03.2016. Main activity: expert Invertebrates and Biostatistics.

2014-2015. „Development of Strategic Guidelines for preservation / maintenance and restoration of favorable status of natural habitats in 11 model territories from the treeless zone”. Project DIR 5113325-12-109 „Central Balkan – Park for everyone”, Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through the Operational Program "Environment” 2007 – 2013. Main activity: expert Biostatistics

2013-2015. Subcontractor at 2597/22.07.3013 г. „Field investigation of mammals distribution and abundance“ . Project DIR-5113024-1-48, procedure №BG161PO005/11/3.0/03/24 „Field investigation of species distribution, evaluation of species and habitat status on the territory of Bulgaria – Phase I“. Main activity: expert Biostatistics

2013-2014. Subcontractor at № 2600/30.07.2013 „ Field investigation of fish distribution and abundance “ Project DIR-5113024-1-48 procedure №BG161PO005/11/3.0/03/24 „ Field investigation of species distribution, evaluation of species and habitat status on the territory of Bulgaria – Phase I“. Funded by Operational program “Environment” 2007-2013. Main activity: expert Biostatistics

2012-2013. "Development of a Management Plan for Natural Park “Belasitsa”. № 10/20.07.2012. Coleoptera expert.

2011-2012. “Mapping and determination of conservation status of habitats and species – stage І. Lot 1 – Invertebrate animals.” DIR-59318-1-2 (2007-2013) Coleoptera expert.

13.04-13.06.2011. Subcontractor at “Development of Information system to the National biodiversity monitoring system in Bulgaria”, Funded under the grant agreement № BG0052-GAE-00067-E-V1 - EEA FM, signed between the National Focal Point and the Committee of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, Contract № BG0052. Expert Biostatistics.

2008-2012. “Investigation of model epigeobiont and geobiont animal groups as a potential for long-term monitoring and conservation of the biodiversity in Strandzha Mountain (Bulgaria and Turkey). Funded by Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, Contract № ДО 02-159/2008. Main activity: financial manager; expert: Carabidae, biostatistics.

2009-2011. „Establishment of diagnostic center for plant health”. Funded by Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, Contract № ДО02-57/10.12.2008. Main activity: development of keys for determination of the quarantined beetle species.

Memberships Bulgarian Entomological Society