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Assoc. Prof. Dr Vladislav Vergilov
Assoc. Prof. Dr Vladislav Vergilov. Photo: (c) Sylvia Georgieva

Vladislav Vergilov

(Associate Professor, Dr)

Born: 2 July 1988, Montana. Herpetologist.
Education: 2013 г. — SU St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Biology, biologist — master of zoology of vertebrates; 2017 г. — SU St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Biology, doctor of zoology (zoology of vertebrates).

Research interests

Herpetology, evolution, functional morphology, zoology of vertebrates, palaeontology.


“Sexual selection in moths: copulatory mechanisms and functional morphology of the copulatory organs (Insecta: Lepidoptera)”. Projects of The Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF), Contract No. KP-06-N31/4 10.12.2019. 2019. Supervisor of the project: Dr Boyan Zlatkov. Status: Ongoing.
“Studies on the Snake-eyed Skink in Bulgaria”. National Program “Young scientists and postdoctoral students”. No. ПМС 203/19.09.18. Supervisor of the project: Prof. Dr Georgi Popgeorgiev. Status: Completed.
'Intraspecific morphological differentiation in Ablepharus kitaibelii in relation to geographic gradients.' Project Synthesys. 2014—2015.
Developing/updating management plans for reserves and maintained reserves in the territorial scope of the RIEW–Stara Zagora. Project 'Activities on sustainable management of reserves and maintained reserves — exclusive state property within the territorial scope of the RIEW–Stara Zagora reserves — Kutelka, Gorna Topchia, Kamenshtitsa'. PRISMA-NISHAVA. Contract No KPN-II-14/01.20.2014.
Development of management plans in relation to the implementation of the project BG161PO005/11/3/3.2/05/26 — financed under OP 'Environment 2007—2013' — 'Development of management plans for each of the four reserves — Kupena, Mantaritsa, Beglika, Dupkata, in the territorial scope of RIEW–Pazardzhik'. PRISMA-NISHAVA. Contract No KPN-III-14/02.20.2014.
'Field studies of the distribution and abundance of amphibians and reptiles'. Project No DIR 5113024-1-48, procedure BG161PO005/11/3.0/03/24, order RD-23/13.01.2012, financed under OP 'Environment 2007—2013'. Contract No 64/2014.
'Study on the biomechanics of the cranio-cervical complex in lower tetrapods, using high-speed cinematography and computer tomography. Project 'Science and Business' at MES. Contract — DO4-166/03.31.2014. Project reference number — 94-1986/01.30.14.
'Mapping and determining the conservation status of natural habitats and species — phase I' — field expert. Project, funded by the EU Framework Program. The project aims mapping of species and their habitats from Annex II of the Directive 92/43 of EEC and determining the conservation status at level Natura 2000 protected areas, of biogeographical and national level. 2011—2013.

Most recent publications

Ollonen, J. S. O., Khannoon, E. R., Macrí, S., Vergilov, V., Kuurne, J., Saarikivi, J., Soukainen, A., Aalto, I.-M., Werneburg, I., Diaz Jr., R. E., Di-Poï, N., 2024. Dynamic evolutionary interplay between ontogenetic skull patterning and whole-head integration. — Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.5281/zenodo.8376575

Zlatkov, B., Vergilov, V., Santa‑Rita, J. V. P., Baixeras, J., 2023. First 3-D reconstruction of copulationin Lepidoptera: interaction of genitalia in Tortrix viridana (Tortricidae). — Frontiers in Zoology. doi:10.1186/s12983-023-00500-4 [PDF]

Mutafchiev, Y., Vergilov, V., 2023. Redescription of Thubunaea schurkovi Annaev, 1973 from Ablepharus chernovi, with notes on the members of Thubunaea (Spirurida: Physalopteridae) from the Palaearctic and Indomalayan realms. — Journal of Helminthology, 97: e39. doi:10.1017/S0022149X23000172

Altmanová, M., Doležálková-Kaštánková, M., Jablonski, D., Strachinis, I., Vergilov, V., Vacheva, E., Iannucci, A., Choleva, L., Ráb, P., Moravec, J., Gvoždík, V., 2023. Karyotype stasis but species—specific repetitive DNA patterns in Anguis lizards (Squamata: Anguidae), in the evolutionary framework of Anguiformes. — Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlad153

Zlatkov, B., Vergilov, V., Sivilov, O., Pérez Santa‑Rita, J. V., Baixeras, J., 2022. New approaches for studying the functional anatomy of the phallus in Lepidoptera. — Zoomorphology. doi:10.1007/s00435-022-00566-4 [PDF]

Vergilov, V., Tzankov, N., Kornilev, Y., Popgeorgiev, G., 2022. Ecology of the small Snake-eyed Skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Bibron & Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1833) in a NW Bulgaria population. — The North-Western Journal of Zoology, 18 (1): 40—46. [PDF]

Slavchev, M., Dyugmedzhiev, A., Vergilov, V., 2022. Pelobates fuscus (Common Spadefoot Toad) and Pelophylax ridibundus (Marsh Frog). Interspecific amplexus. — Herpetological Review, 53 (3): 474. [PDF]

Vergilov, V., Tzankov, N., 2021. Giant pelobatid fossil larva from the middle Miocene of Bulgaria. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 43 (3): 29—42. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.43.031

Vergilov, V., Dyugmedzhiev, A., Georgieva, S., Slavchev, M., 2021. A case of Emys orbicularis (L.) feeding on newts from Bulgaria. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 43 (2): 25—27. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.43.021

Nedyakov, N., Vergilov, V., Zlatkov, B., 2021. Penis morphology of two European mole species (Soricomorpha, Talpidae). — Biologia. doi:10.1007/s11756-021-00738-5

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