Address: Institute of Zoology, bul.Tzar Osvoboditel 1
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
fax: 00359 2 9882 897; tel.: 00359 2 9885 115
Date of birth: July, 13, 1950, Sofia
Nationality: Bulgarian
Languages: English, Polish, Russian

1975 - graduate from the Faculty of Biology at the Sofia University.

1980 - PhD Yagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, with a thesis "Bioenergetic parameters and energy flow through the populationof thr Tawny owl Strix aluco L."

1980 - 1993 - Scientific researcher, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

1993 - and at present Assoc. prof., Institute of Zoology

1995 - and at present Chief of the Lab. "Physiological Ecology" at the Institute of Zoology

1998 - Mem. of Editorial board of Acta zoologica Bulgarica

2000 - Mem. of Bulgarian Antarctic Institute

1999 - 2005 - Participation in Bulgarian Antarctic Expeditions


Ecology and ecotoxicology of wildlife.

Main problems: bioenergetics, population dynamics, productivity, food, heavy metal accumulation, biomonitoring and bioindication

110 scientific papers published in: Ecology (bulg.),Acta Zool. Bulg., Bulg. Antarctic Res., Enviroment. Res., Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Current projects:

"Biological Monitoring Rozhen - Srednogorie" Bulgarian - Swiss cooperation. Leader: D. Peev. 1995 - 1996. Task: Zoomonitoring; Team Leader: R. Metcheva

"Community Species compositons and population satate of monitor species small mammals in different ecological conditiona and antropogenic influence in NP Rila" NFSI # B - 429. 1994 -1996. Leader: R. Metcheva

"Bioaccumulation and heavy metal bilological influence on wild populations small mammals and in eco-toxicological experiment using industrial polymetal dust". NFSI # B - 445. 1995 -1997. Leader: M. Topashka; Team Leader: R. Metcheva

"High Mountain Basic Ecological Observatory Moussala OM-2" Leader: Y. Stamenov; 1994 - 1998. Bulgarian-French cooperation; Task: Zoomonitoring. Team Leader: R. Metcheva

"Assessment of the environmental state of high mountain ecosystems using small mammals monitor species in the National Parks Rila and Vitosha". NFSI # B - 809. 1998 -2001. Leader: R. Metcheva

"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

Assessment of the environmental state

Water-power system "Cankov Kamak" - Mammal fauna satate. - 2002

Influence effect of the reservoir "Gorna Arda" on the mammal fauna. - 2001

Mammal fauna satate in the region of river "Arda" - cascade "Gorna Arda".- 2001

Monitoring of soils, embankments, flora and fauna in the region of "Elacite" - Assessment of bioaccumulation of heavy metals and toxic elements of small mammals monitor species in the region of "Elacite". - 2001

Influence effect of emissions of copper-smelter combine "Pirdop" in the region Pirdop -Zlatitza. - 1999.

Influence of industrial pollution of metallurgic combine - "Kremicovtzi" on some animal species. - 1998