Member of Bulgarian Antarctic Institute

Participant in VIII. IX, X, XI, XII, XIII National Antarctic Expeditions on Livingston Island (South Shetlands), summer station "St. Kliment Ochridski" Located Lat. 62° 38' 29''S and Long. 60° 21'53'' W During this expeditions scientific programmes, mainly connected with three projects were realized with self-dependent task connected with monitoring, population ecology and biology, ecotoxicology of Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua):

"Biodiversity, biologic organization and biota conservation on Livingston Island (Antarctica)" NFSI # B -. Leader: V.Golemanski Task: Ecophysiological investigations on Gentoo penguins. Team Leader: R. Metcheva

"Complex geological, geochemical, geophysical and ecosystem investigations in the region of the Bulgarian Antarctic Base "St. Kl. Ohridski" Funded Min. of Environment Protection and Waters, Leader: Chr. Pimpirev. Task: Indicator species, Communities and Monitoring. Team Leader: R. Metcheva

"Comparative population and monitoring research on Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) in Antarctica" 2001 - 2005 Grant by INTAS Reference Number INTAS - 2001-0517. Bulgaria, Swiss, Ukraina; Scientific leader: R. Metcheva

Mount Mecheva

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Location of Foyn Coast on Antarctic Peninsula.

Mount Mecheva (Bulgarian: връх Мечева, ‘Vrah Mecheva’ \'vr&h 'me-che-va\) is the broad ice-covered peak with precipitous rocky north, east and southwest slopes that is rising to 850 m in Bigla Ridge on Foyn Coast, Antarctic Peninsula. It surmounts Beaglehole Glacier to the southwest, Sleipnir Glacier to the northwest and Cabinet Inlet to the northeast.
The feature is named after Rumyana Mecheva, biologist at St. Kliment Ohridski Base in 1999/2000 and subsequent seasons.

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  • Workshop SCAR - june, Yena, (Germany), 2002.
  • METCHEVA R. - Temporary marking on penguins.
  • Workshop European Polar Board -July, Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • I International Workshop"Comparative population and monitoring research on Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) in Antarctica" - July, Kiev (Ukraine) 2002.
  • METCHEVA R. - Analytic procedures - AAA, X-ray fluorescence, Neutron activation.
  • METCHEVA R. - Telemetry studies of the internal body temperatures of Gentoo penguins
  • XXV COMNAP - September, Warsaw (Poland)
  • II International Workshop" Comparative population and monitoring research on Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) in Antarctica", July Sofia (Bulgaria) 2005.
  • METCHEVA R., P. ZEHTINJIEV, V. BEZRUKOV. A. SAVOV. Yellow spot on the bill as a marker for Gentoo population studies.
  • DIMITROV K., M. BELTCHEVA, R.METCHEVA. Effects of UV radiation on melanin in Pygoscelidae penguins.
  • VACHEV B., R.METCHEVA. Survival complex assessment of Gentoo.
  • PAVLOVA K., R. MECHEVA, I. SAVOVA. Microbiological investigations on penguins plumage from Western Antarctica and study of the isolated psychrophilic yeast.
  • KOZERETSKA I., S.A. PAVLOVICH , I.P. SIRENKO, V.F. BEZRUKOV, R. METCHEVA. Genetic Differentiation of Three Population Pygoscelis papua.
  • ZEHTINDJEV P., A. SAVOV, R. METCHEVA. Polymorphism of Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua Aves: Sphenisciformes) in the population at Livingston Island, South Shetlands.