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Prof. Dr Pavel Stoev, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia
Prof. Dr Pavel Stoev, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia

Pavel Stoev

(Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 2) 9885116 (ext. 685); e-mail:

Born: 5 December 1973, Targovishte.
Education: Sofia University (1998).
Speciality: zoologist.

Research interests

Taxonomy of Myriapoda (Chilopoda, Diplopoda); Biospeleology; Herpetology; Cybertaxonomy; Open Science publishing methods.

Current projects

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 (National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria, Grant KP-06-Н21/1-17.12.2018)
New Callipodida from Europe and Asia
Cave fauna of Koytendag, Turkmenistan
Lithobiomorpha and Geophilomorpha of Tunisia
Revision of Lithobius lakatnicensis

PhD students

Darina Bachvarova — Shumen University Konstantin Preslavski
Boyan Vagalinski — Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Angel Dyugmedzhiev — National Museum of Natural History
Emilia Vacheva — National Museum of Natural History


Ioanna Felesaki (University of Crete)

Most recent publications

Ziv, G., Beckmann, M., Bullock, J., Cord, A., Delzeit, R., Domingo, C., Dreßler, G., Hagemann, N., Masó, J., Müller, B., Neteler, M., Sapundzhieva, A., Stoev, P., Stenning, J., Trajković, M., Václavík, T., 2020. BESTMAP: behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy. — Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6: e52052. doi:10.3897/rio.6.e52052

Vahtera, V., Stoev, P., Akkari, N., 2020. Five million years in the darkness: A new troglomorphic species of Cryptops Leach, 1814 (Chilopoda, Scolopendromorpha) from Movile Cave, Romania. — ZooKeys, 1004: 1—26. doi:10.3897/zookeys.1004.58537

Tomaskinova, J., Dicks, L., Collier, M., Geneletti, D., Grace, M., Longato, D., Sadula, R., Stoev, P., Sapundzhieva, A., Balzan, M. V., 2020. Capacity-building and networking events for nature-based solutions and re-naturing in Malta. — Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6: e60893. doi:10.3897/rio.6.e60893

Prieß-Buchheit, J., Aro, A. R., Demirova, I., Lanzerath, D., Stoev, P., Wilder, N., 2020. Rotatory role-playing and role-models to enhance the research integrity culture. — Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6: e53921. doi:10.3897/rio.6.e53921

Nemitz-Kliemchen, M., Andres, C., Hofmann, S., Ramírez, A. M. P., Stoev, P., Tzankov, N., Schaffer, S., Bernhard, D., Henle, K., Schlegel, M., 2020. Spatial and genetic structure of a Lacerta viridis metapopulation in a fragmented landscape in Bulgaria. — Global Ecology and Conservation, 23: e01104. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01104

Karam-Gemael, M., Decker, P., Stoev, P., Marques, M. I., Chagas Jr, A., 2020. Conservation of terrestrial invertebrates: a review of IUCN and regional Red Lists for Myriapoda. — In: Korsós, Z., Dányi, L. (eds) Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Myriapodology, Budapest, Hungary. — ZooKeys, 930: 221—229. doi:10.3897/zookeys.930.48943

Jactel, H., Desprez-Loustau, M. L., Battisti, A., Brockerhoff, E., Santini, A., Stenlid, J., Bjorkman, C., Branco, M., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Douma, J. C., Drakulic, J., Drizou, F., Eschen, R., Franco, J. C., Gossner, M. M., Green, S., Kenis, M., Klapwijk, M. J., Liebhold, A. M., Orazio, C., Prospero, S., Robinet, C., Schroeder, M., Slippers, B., Stoev, P., Sun, J., van den Dool, R., Wingfield, M. J., Zalucki, M. P., 2020. Pathologists and entomologists must join forces against forest pest and pathogen invasions. — NeoBiota, 58: 107—127. doi:10.3897/neobiota.58.54389

Balzan, M. V., Tomaskinova, J., Collier, M. J., Dicks, L., Geneletti, D., Grace, M., Longato, D., Sadula, R., Stoev, P., Sapundzhieva, A., 2020. Building capacity for mainstreaming nature-based solutions into environmental policy and landscape planning. — Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6: e58970. doi:10.3897/rio.6.e58970

Vagalinski, B., Golovatch, S., Akkari, N., Stoev, P., 2019. Simplogonopus rubellus (Attems, 1902) gen. n., comb. n. (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Trichopolydesmidae): Revealing the Identity of an Enigmatic Eastern-Mediterranean Millipede. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 71 (3): 325—334.

Stoev, P., Vagalinski, B., 2019. Myriapods (Myriapoda) of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, NW Bulgaria. — In: Bechev, D. & Georgiev, D. (Eds), Faunistic diversity of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park. Part 2. ZooNotes, Supplement 7, Plovdiv University Press, Plovdiv: 23—32.

More complete list of publications — section e-Natura | Staff publications