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Date and place of birth: 25th March 1969; Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Education:

  • 1992: MSc, Faculty of Biology, St Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia
  • 1999: PhD, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS; thesis: Cestodes and cestode communities of grebes (Aves: Podicipedidae) from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast

Employment:

  • 1993-1995: Biologist, Institute of Parasitology, BAS
  • 1995-1996: Biologist, Institute of Ecology, BAS
  • 1996-2005: Research Fellow, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS
  • 2005-present: Associate Professor, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, BAS

Research Interests:

  • Morphology, taxonomy and evolution of cestodes
  • Ecology of the helminth communities in birds
  • Evolution of host-parasite relationships

Recent Projects:

  • 2002-2007: Electronic database for the species diversity of tapeworms; funded by National Science Foundation, USA; leader Prof J. Caira (University of Connecticut, Storrs), Bulgarian coordinator Dr B.B. Georgiev
  • 2006-2007: Invasive and native brine shrimps: do cestode parasites control their competitive interactions; joint research project of CLGE and Biological Station of Donana Reserve in the frames of cooperative program between BAS and CSIC
  • 2006-2007: BioCORE – Centre for biodiversity and ecosystem research; National Scientific Fund

Foreign Visits:

  • 1998: Department of Parasitology, Institute of Zoology, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (two weeks), studies on hymenolepidid cestodes of grebes from the Ukraine
  • 2000: Parasitic Worms Division, The Natural History Museum, London (one month); studies on cestodes from the genus Biuterina
  • 2002-2003: Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Parasitic Worms Division, The Natural History Museum, London; studies on amabiliid cestodes

List of publications

Georgiev B. B., Vasileva G. P., Genov T. (1995) Dictyterina cholodkowskii (Cestoda, Paruterinidae): morphology, synonymy and distribution. Folia Parasitologica 42, 55-60.

Genov, T., G. P. Vasileva, and B. B. Georgiev (1996). Paranoplocephala aquatica n. sp. (Cestoda, Anoplocephalidae) from Arvicola terrestris and Ondatra zibethica (Rodentia), with redescriptions and comments on related species. Systematic Parasitology 34, 135-152.

Georgiev, B. B., G. P. Vasileva, N. H. Chipev, and Z. M. Dimitrova (1996). Cestodes of seabirds at Livingston Island, South Shetlands. In V. Golemansky and N. Chipev (Eds.), Bulgarian Antarctic Research. Life Sciences, Volume 1, pp. 111-128. Sofia and Moscow: Pensoft Publishers.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1996a). Pararetinometra lateralacantha Stock & Holmes, 1981 (Cestoda, Hymenolepididae): the first record in the Palaearctic Region and comments on its morphology and taxonomy. Canadian Journal of Zoology 74, 110-117.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1996b). Redescription and new records of Mackoja podirufi (Macko, 1962), with an amended diagnosis of Mackoja Kornyushin, 1983. Systematic Parasitology 34, 171-177.

Vasileva, G. P. and B. B. Georgiev (1998). Order Siphonaptera. In T. Michev, B. B. Georgiev, A. V. Petrova, and M. P. Stoyneva (Eds.), Biodiversity of the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve. Checklist and bibliography, pp. 79-80. Sofia: Co-published by Context and Pensoft.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1998a). Redescription of Chimaerula leonovi (Belogurov & Zueva, 1968) n. comb. (Cestoda, Dilepididae). Systematic Parasitology 40, 229-235.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1998b). Redescription of Hymenolepis hoploporus Dollfus, 1951, with the erection of the new genus Dollfusilepis (Cestoda, Hymenolepididae). Revue suisse de zoologie 105, 319-329.

Vasileva, G. P. and B. B. Georgiev (1999). Cestode communities in non-breeding populations of four grebe species (Aves: Podicipedidae) from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Parasite 6, 249-258.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1999a). Palaearctic species of the genus Confluaria Ablasov (Cestoda, Hymenolepididae): redescription and synonymy of C. capillaris (Rudolphi). Systematic Parasitology 43, 49-57.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (1999b). Palaearctic species of the genus Confluaria Ablasov (Cestoda, Hymenolepididae): redescriptions of C. multistriata (Rudolphi, 1810) and C. japonica (Yamaguti, 1935), and a description of Confluaria sp. Systematic Parasitology 44, 87-103.

Vasileva, G. P., B. B. Georgiev, and T. Genov (2000). Palaearctic species of the genus Confluaria Ablasov (Cestoda, Hymenolepididae): redescriptions of C. podicipina (Szymanski, 1905) and C. furcifera (Krabbe, 1869), description of C. pseudofurcifera n. sp., a key and final comments. Systematic Parasitology 45, 109-130.

Georgiev, B. B. and G. P. Vasileva (2001). Dendrometra ginesi Jordano and Diaz-Ungria, 1956 transferred to Orthoskrjabinia Spasskii, 1947 (Cestoda: Paruterinidae). Helminthologia 38, 145-149.

Stoitsova, S. R., B. B. Georgiev, G. P. Vasileva, and M. Jordanova (2001). Rostellar apparatus of Fernandezia spinosissima (von Linstow, 1894) (Cestoda, Cyclophyllidea, Davaineidae): microanatomy and fine structure. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 82, 241-250.

Vasileva, G. P., V. V. Kornyushin, and T. Genov (2001a). Hymenolepidid cestodes from grebes (Aves, Podicipedidae) in Ukraine: the genera Dollfusilepis and Parafimbriaria. Vestnik Zoologii 35, 3-13.

Vasileva, G. P., V. V. Kornyushin, and T. Genov (2001b). Hymenolepidid cestodes from grebes (Aves, Podicipedidae) in Ukraine: the genus Confluaria. Vestnik Zoologii 35, 13-31.

Georgiev, B. B., G. P. Vasileva, R. Bray, and D. I. Gibson (2002). The genus Biuterina Fuhrmann, 1902 (Cestoda, Paruterinidae) in the Old World: redescriptions of four species from Afrotropical Passeriformes. Systematic Parasitology 52, 111-128.

Vasileva, G. P., G. I. Dimitrov, and B. B. Georgiev (2002). Phyllobothrium squali Yamaguti, 1952 (Tetraphyllidea, Phyllobothriidae): redescription and first record in the Black Sea. Systematic Parasitology 53, 49-59.

Tkach, V. V., G. P. Vasileva, and T. Genov (2003). Description of Vaucherilepis trichophorus n. sp., n. g. (Cyclophyllidea, Hymenolepididae) from water shrews and gammarid crustaceans in Bulgaria and Ukraine. Acta Parasitologica 48, 87-97.

Vasileva, G. P., D. I. Gibson, and R. A. Bray (2003a). Taxonomic revision of Tatria Kowalewski, 1904 (Cestoda: Amabiliidae): redescriptions of T. biremis Kowalewski, 1904 and T. minor Kowalewski, 1904, and the description of T. gulyaevi n. sp. from Palaearctic grebes. Systematic Parasitology 54, 177-198.

Vasileva, G. P., D. I. Gibson, and R. A. Bray (2003b). Taxonomic revision of Tatria Kowalewski, 1904 (Cestoda: Amabiliidae): redescriptions of T. appendiculata Fuhrmann, 1908 and T. duodecacantha Olsen, 1939, a key and an amended diagnosis of Tatria (sensu stricto). Systematic Parasitology 55, 97-113.

Vasileva, G. P., D. I. Gibson, and R. A. Bray (2003c). Taxonomic revision of Joyeuxilepis Spassky, 1947 (Cestoda: Amabiliidae): redescriptions of J. biuncinata (Joyeux & Baer, 1943), J. decacantha (Fuhrmann, 1913) and J. pilatus Borgarenko & Gulyaev, 1991. Systematic Parasitology 56, 17-36.

Vasileva, G. P., D. I. Gibson, and R. A. Bray (2003d). Taxonomic revision of Joyeuxilepis Spassky, 1947 (Cestoda: Amabiliidae): redescriptions of J. acanthorhyncha (Wedl, 1855) and J. fuhrmanni (Solomon, 1932), a key and a new generic diagnosis. Systematic Parasitology 56, 219-233.

Georgiev, B. B., G. P. Vasileva, R. Bray, and D. I. Gibson (2004). The genus Biuterina Fuhrmann, 1902 (Cestoda, Paruterinidae) in the Old World: redescriptions of three species from Palaearctic Passeriformes. Systematic Parasitology 57, 67-85.

Vasileva, G. P., C. Vaucher, V. V. Tkach, and T. Genov (2004). Taxonomic revision of Hilmylepis Skryabin & Matevosyan, 1942 (Cyclophyllidea: Hymenolepididae). Systematic Parasitology 59, 45-63.

Vasileva G. P., Tkach V. V., Genov T. (2005) Two new hymenolepidid species (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) from water shrews Neomys fodiens Penn. (Insectivora: Soricidae) in Bulgaria. Acta Parasitologica 50, 56-64.

Georgiev B. B., Sánchez M., Green A. J., Nikolov P. N., Vasileva G. P., Mavrodieva R. S. (2005) Cestodes from Artemia parthenogenetica (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in the Odiel Marshes, Spain: a systematic survey of cysticercoids. Acta Parasitologica 50, 105-117.

Vasileva G. P., Georgiev B. B. (2005) New records of hymenolepidid cestodes (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) from charadriiform birds in Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 57, 371-384.

Sánchez M. I., Georgiev B. B., Nikolov P., Vasileva G. P., Green A. J. (2006) Red and transparent brine shrimps (Artemia parthenogenetica): a comparative study of their cestode infections. Parasitology Research 100, 111-114.

Georgiev B.B., Sánchez M.I., Vasileva G.P., Nikolov P. & Green A.J. (2007) Cestode parasitism in invasive and native brine shrimps (Artemia spp.): can it explain the rapid invasion of A. franciscana in the Mediterranean region? Parasitology Research 101: 1647-1655.

Vasileva, G.P., Skirnisson, K. & Georgiev, B.B. (2008) Cestodes of the horned grebe Podiceps auritus (L.) (Aves: Podicipedidae) from Lake Myvatn, Iceland, with the description of Confluaria islandica n. sp. (Hymenolepididae). Systematic Parasitology 69: 51-58.

Vasileva, G.P., Redón, S., Amat, F., Nikolov, P.N., Sánchez, M.I., Lenormand, T. & Georgiev, B.B. (2009) Records of cysticercoids of Fimbriarioides tadornae Maksimova, 1976 and Branchiopodataenia gvozdevi (Maksimova, 1988) (Cyclophyllidea, Hymenolepididae) from brine shrimps at the Mediterranean coasts of Spain and France, with a key to cestodes from Artemia spp. from the Western Mediterranean. Acta Parasitologica 54(2), 143–150 (DOI: 10.2478/s11686-009-0025-3

Gulyaev, V.D., Vasileva, G.P., Konyaev, S.V. (2010) Redescription of Diporotaenia colymbi Spasskaya, Spassky et Borgarenko, 1971 (Cestoda, Cyclophyllidea, Schistotaeniidae) and amended diagnoses of Diporotaenia Spasskaya, Spassky et Borgarenko, 1971 and Diporotaeniinae Ryjikov et Tolkacheva, 1975. Acta Parasitologica 55(4): 340-348 (DOI: 10.2478/s11686-010-0047-x)

Redón, S., Amat, F., Hontoria, F., Vasileva, G.P., Nikolov, P.N., Georgiev , B.B. (2010) Participation of metanauplii and juvenile individuals of Artemia parthenogenetica (Branchiopoda) in the circulation of avian cestodes. Parasitology Research 108: 905-912 (DOI 10.1007/s00436-010-2132-3)

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