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Dr Rumyana Kostova
Dr Rumyana Kostova

Rumyana Kostova


PhD — Entomology (Sofia University, Faculty of Biology), MSc — Zoology of Invertebrates, Entomology, second speciality: Teacher in Biology (Sofia University, Faculty of Biology)

Research interests

Research on beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera), emphasizing on family Carabidae. Involved in different projects for monitoring and assessment of the biodiversity. Statistical data analyses of faunistical and ecological data.

Current 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) clarifying the problems of origin, formation and conservation of the invertebrate fauna of the Balkan Peninsula’. Funded by Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. Main activity: expert Coleoptera: Carabidae and biostatistics.
March—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. 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 ‘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. ‘Field investigation of mammals distribution and abundance’. Project ‘Field investigation of species distribution, evaluation of species and habitat status on the territory of Bulgaria — Phase I’. Main activity: expert biostatistics.


Bekchiev, R., Antov, M., Boyadzhiev, P., Zaemdzhikova, G., Kostova, R., Guéorguiev, B., 2022. Carabus variolosus (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in Bulgaria: rediscovered after 111 years. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 44 (10): 119—123. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.44.103

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, (in print) published online at http://www.acta-zoologica-bulgarica.eu/002372.

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. [PDF]

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. — 3rd International Congress 'Biodiversity, Mediterranean, Society', September 4th—6th 2015, Volume 8. Biodiversity Journal, Noto-Vendicari (Italy). 185—192 pp. [PDF]

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

Kostova, R., Lazarov, S., Bekchiev, R., Goranov, S., Simov N., Beshkov, S., 2016. Soil and cave invertebrates from the village Gintsi area. — In: Speleological Studies of Caves in Godech Municipality (Part 1), Association of Speleoclubs in Sofia, Sofia, 39—50. [PDF]

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., Anlas, S., Özgen, I., Yağmur, E. A., Örgel, S., Gjonov, I., Kostova, R., 2015. Contribution to the Pselaphinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) of Anatolia, Turkey. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 67 (3): 319—324. [PDF]