Associate  Professor, Ph.D Petya  Pavlova Ivanova


Address: 52, Kiril and Metodii, Str., 9003 Varna, Bulgaria

Date of birth: 17/10/1969

mobile: 0897977753



POSITION - Associate  Professor, Ph.D

Over 24 years’ experience in the area of marine biology, fisheries science (molecular taxonomy, population genetics, biodiversity, data collection), environmental science, experience in marine fishing recourses and ecosystem research.
Research on:  application of genetical markers  for assessment of population structure of fish species (marine and freshwater); determination of the taxonomical status of disputable fish species and other hydrobionts, specification of population-genetical structure of commercial fish species in connection with accurate determination of its stocks and their rational utilization; application of genetic-biochemical and DNA-markers for species identification of fishes and other hydrobionts to estimate and protect the biodiversity; application of genetical methods for rapid  identification of the fillet and caviar of sturgeons; to proof the origin and species identification of  broodstock and offspring, used for restocking programmes of sturgeons.

Bioinformatics Course, Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”, Department of Molecular Evolution, Naples, Italy, 20-24 October 2003; International Training Course in Bioinformatics,  6-10 June 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria; Specialization in the Institute of Physiology and genetics, Laboratory of Fish Genetics, Libehov, Czech Republic; Fishery forensic genetics workshop, Istanbul, 16-17.11.2011; Specialization in the Molecular Biology Group, INRB, Lisbon, 27.11-11-12.2011.

          Apostolou A., P. Ivanova, B. Velkov, M. Vassilev,  I. Dobrovolov, D. Dobrev., 2010. Pomatoschistus marmoratus (RISSO 1810), is it really a “new” species for the Bulgarian Ichthyofauna? Acta Zoologica Bulgarica (in press). ISSN: 0324-0770
          Atanassov, I.I., Ivanova, P.P., Panayotova M.D., TsekovA.G., Rusanov, K.E. 2011.Mitochondrial control region DNA variation in turbot populations from the Bulgarian and Romanian Black Sea coasts. Biotechnol.&Biotechnol EQ ,25 (3):1-7.
          Dobrovolov I. S., Ivanova P. P., Georgiev Zh. M., Panayotova M. D., Raykov V. S., Nikolov,V.S. 2012.Allozyme variation and genetic identification of shad species (Pisces: Clupeidae, Genus Alosa) along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Acta zool. bulg.,64(2):175183.
          Ivanova, P. ,  Dobrovolov, I. , Apostolou, A. , Vasilev, M., Velkov, B. , Dobrev, D. 2013.Genetic data for identification of some Gobiid species along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Acta Zool.Bulg., 65(4): 429-438.
         Ivanova, P. P., Dobrovolov, I. S., Bat, L., Kideys, A. E. , Nikolsky, V. N., Yuneva, T.
V., Shchepkina,. A. M., Shulman  G. E. 2013. Application of esterase polymorphism to specify genetic structure of Engraulis encrasicolus (Pisces: Engraulidae) in the Black
and    Azov Seas. Journal of  Ecology of the Sea , Inst. South Seas, Ukraina, vol. 12, No. 4: 45 – 52
         Nikolov, V., Ivanova, P., Dzhembekova, N., Panayotova, M., Raykov, V., Dobrovolov, I. 2015. Application of allozyme markers for screening of turbot populations along Western Black Sea coast.,  ZooNotes. 79: 1-15.
         Turan, C., Gurlek.,M., Erguden1, D.,  Yaglioglu1, D., Uyan, Ali, A., Reyhaniye, N., Ozbalcilar, B., Ozturk, B., Erdogan, Z. A., Ivanova, P. and Soldo, A.  2015. Population genetic analysis of atlantic bonito Sarda sarda (BLOCH, 1793) using sequence analysis  of  mtDNA D-LOOP region, FEB/ Vol 24, No 10: 3148 – 3154.
         Apostolou, A., Ivanova, P., Velkov, B., Vasilev, M. 2016. Ecological Plasticity of Apollonia melanostomus (Pisces, Gobiidae) from its main habitat types in Bulgaria. Ecologica Balkanica, Vol. 8, Issue 2: 43-52.
        Dzhembekova, N., Atanasov, I., Ivanova, P., Moncheva, S. 2017. New potentially toxic Pseudo-nitzschia species (Bacillariophyceae) identified by molecular approach in the Black Sea (Varna Bay). 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, Conference Proceedings, 17, ISBN:978-619-7408-04-1, ISSN:1314-2704, DOI:10.5593/sgem2017/31, 889-896.
        Raykov, V., Yankova, M., Ivanova, P., Trayanova, A. 2016. State of some commercially important fish populations in Natura 2000 zones of Bulgarian Black Sea area. Journal of Environmental protection and Ecology, 17 (4):1375-1384.
        Ivanova, P., Nikolov,V., Dzhembekova, N. 2016. New data for invasive pilengas mullet species Liza haematocheila (Temminck and Schlegel, 1845) along Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Procceding of 3rd International conference on sustainable agriculture and environment,186-191.
        Dzhembekova, N., Urusizaki, Sh., Moncheva, S., Ivanova, P., Nagai, S. 2017. Applicability of massively parallel sequencing on monitoring harmful algae at Varna Bay in the Black Sea. Harmful algae, 66:40-51.
Ivanova, P., Raykov, V., Nikolov, V., Nenciu, M. 2017. Allozyme identification of the wrasses  species (Osteichthyes: Perciformes: Labridae)  along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast., JEPE, v.18 (3): 940-946.
        Ivanova P. P., Dzhembekova N. S., Kardjeva, V., Tsekov A. G., Raykov V. S.2017. Microsatellite and allozyme variations in starlet sturgeon wild broodstock and hatchery-produced offspring, used for restocking of Lower Danube River. Journal of Aquaculture Engineering and Fisheries Research, 3(4): 199-206, doi: 10.3153/JAEFR17022, E-ISSN 2149-0236
        Ivanova, P., Trayanova, A., Stefanova,K., Stefanova,E., Raykov,V., Doncheva,V. 2017. Population status of some alien species in Varna Bay,Bulgarian Black Sea coast (2015-2016), Acta zool.bulg., Suppl. 9, 73-82.
        Karachle P. K.,  Corsini Foka, M., Crocetta, F.,Dulcic J., Dzhembekova N., Galanidi, M., Ivanova  P., Shenkar, N., Skolka M., Stefanova, E., Stefanova  K., Surugiu V., Uysal I., Verlaque M. And Zenetos, A. 2017. Setting-up a billboard of marine invasive species in the ESENIAS area: current situation and future expectancies Acta Adriat., 58(3): 429 – 458.

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International projects
DANUBS EVK1-CT-2000-00051; “Sturgeon Species Identification in the Danube River and the Black Sea” (2005-2006); Phylogeographic relationships of Ponto-Caspian refuge and Central Europe fish populations – sound basis for management and conservation (2005-2007); NATO - PDD(CP)-(ESP.NUKR.CLG 981783 Bioindicators for  assessment of the Black Sea ecosystem (2005 -2007); BG-RO Cooperative bilateral project BRS-24 “The knowledge of the state and of the evolutionary tendencies of the main gregarious species stocks in the Romanian and Bulgarian marine area, with the aim of harmonizing their evaluation methods and sustainable exploitation measures”, duration 2005 – 2007;  Population-genetical and histological analyses of barbel (Pisces, Cyprinidae) from Macedonian and Bulgarian rivers and lakes in connect to anthropogenical influence of ichthyological biodiversity (2006-2008) Bilateral Bulgaria-Macedonia project; CEBDER - Development of National Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research  (2009 - 2011);  CoCoNet (Towards Coast to Coast NETworks  of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), N287844, 7 FP, 2012-2016 ;  DEVOTES - DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status.(2012-2016), 7FP; “Genetic Structure Analyses of Shared Turbot Stocks Along Turkish and Bulgarian Coasts in Connection with its Bilateral Sustainable Exploitation”, 2013-2015, bilateral project BAS-TUBITAK; East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria, ESENIAS-TOOLS, Д-33-51/30.06.2015;  Improving Bulgarian Biodiversity Information system (IBBIS), Д-33-72/20.07.2015; Strengthening regional cooperation in the area of fisheries data collection, МАРЕ 2014/19; MELTEMI,BMP1/2.3/2231/2017, RECFISH.
Participation  in 15  national projects concerning  distribution, taxonomical affiliation and genetical structure  of  marine and fresh water species, genetical monitoring of fish species along Bulgarian Black Sea coast, biodiversity and data collection.

International Association for Danube Research (IAD), American Fisheries Society (AFS) and World Sturgeon Conservation Society (W.S.C.S.), BAENA, DSTF.

Membership of the Editorial Board of Journal of Limnology and Freshwater Fisheries Research, since 2015 and Membership of the Editorial Board of Genetics of Aquatic Organisms Journal (GenAqua), since 2017.