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Date & Place of Birth: March 14th 1939, town of Chirpan, Stara Zagora Region, Bulgaria.

Education: 1961: MSc, Faculty of Biology, Geology and Geography, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Okhridski’.


  • English – speaking and writing;
  • Russian - speaking and writing;
  • German & French – working knowledge;
  • Bulgarian – mother language.


  • Driving License;
  • Computer skills: Windows, Excel, Access, Map Source;
  • Work with GPS;
  • Scuba Diving.


  • 1961-1968: Head of Biological Field Station at Nature Reserve “Sreburna”, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1969-1984: Research Associate at the Commission for Nature Protection, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1985-1989: Associate Professor (Senior Research Associate) at Research and Coordination Centre for Protection of Environment, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1990-1992: Associate Professor at Institute of Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1992-1994: Vice Director of Institute of Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1994-present: Associate Professor at Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Professional Achievements & Awards:

  • 1984-1990: National delegate of Ramsar Convention;
  • 1985-1994: National correspondent of Cramp, S. et al. (1977-1994). The Birds of Western Palearctic. Oxford (In nine Volumes);
  • 1988-1993: Founder and first President of Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds;
  • 1994-1997: National correspondent of Hagemeijer, E., J., W., M., J., Blair (Eds). 1997. The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance. T & AD Poyser, London: 903 pp;
  • 1996-Present: Scientific Director of the Foundation “Le Balkan”;
  • 1996-Present: National delegate of Wetlands International;
  • 1997-Present: President of Bulgarian Ornithological Society;
  • 1998-Present: Member of Scientific Council of CLGE;
  • 2002-Present: Member of National Ramsar Committee.

Recent Environmental Impact Assessments (Licensed expert for the Fauna of Ministry of Environment and Waters with License No. 1589/17.06.2004):

  • 2007: Ornithological assessments of investment proposals, situated in Natura 2000 protected zones;
  • 2006: Participation in environmental impact assessments of windfarms in the vicinity of Dragoman, Sofia district.
  • 2005: Participation in environmental impact assessments of windfarms in the vicinity of village Anton, Sofia district
  • 2004: Participation in environmental impact assessments of Danube Bridge 2;
  • 2004: Participation in environmental impact assessments of the Airport Albena;
  • 2003: Ornithological assessment of sites for building of wind powered generators along Black Sea Coast between Cape Kaliakra and the village of Bulgarevo;
  • 2002: Participation in environmental impact assessments of the Airport Varna;
  • 2002: Participation in environmental impact assessments of the Airport Bourgas.

Recent Management Plans:

  • 2007: Elaboration of Integrated Management Plan of Pomoriysko Ezero;
  • 2003: Elaboration of Interim Management Plan of Pomoriysko Ezero;
  • 1999-2001: Participation in Elaboration of the Management Plan of Sreburna Biosphere Reserve;
  • 1995-1999: Elaboration of Management Plan of Atanasovsko Ezero Nature Reserve.

Research Interests:

  • Research and Protection of Endangered and Rare Bird Species;
  • Mid-winter Populations of Waterbirds;
  • Migration of Soaring Birds;
  • Wetland Managing and Conservation.

Recent Projects:

  • 2007-2008: Optimization of Natura 2000 Sites in Bulgaria;
  • 2005-2007: Elaboration of the new Red Data Book of Bulgaria, v. 2 ‘Animals’– editor of Class Aves;
  • 2002-2006: Inventory of Bulgarian Wetlands with Standing Waters (with the financial assistance of Wetlands International; leaders Assoc. Prof. Tanyo Michev & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maya Stoyneva);
  • 1990-2007: Migration & Ecology of Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) on Balkan Peninsula (leader Dr. Alain Crivelli, Tour du Valat, France);
  • 1999-2001: Elaboration of Management Plan of Sreburna Biosphere Reserve (leader Dr. Georgi Hiebaum, CLGE, BAS);
  • 1995-1999: Elaboration of Management Plan of Atanasovsko Lake Reserve (a leader);
  • 1993-1995: Elaboration of a National Plan for the Conservation of the Most Important Bulgarian Wetlands (a leader);
  • 1977-2007: Mid-winter Counts of Waterbirds in Bulgaria – a national coordinator for Bulgaria together with Mr. Lyubomir Profirov.


  • 1991-1993: Course in Ornithology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Okhridski".

PhD students:

  • 2004-2007: Mr Stoyan Nikolov (CLGE);
  • 2001-2004: Dr Nevena Kambourova (CLGE);
  • 2001-2004: Dr Nikolay Petkov (BSPB).

University Diploma Works:

  • 2003: Stoyan Nikolov;
  • 1998: Kamen Rouskov;
  • 1992: Ivan Pernishki;
  • 1985: Nikolay Dilchev;
  • 1982: Veselina Ivanova;
  • 1981: Lyubomir Profirov;
  • 1980: Lilyana Nikolova.

Foreign Visits:

  • 1965-1966: Six-month specialization in Royal Institute for Nature Protection, Netherlands and in Biological Station "Tour du Valat", France;
  • 1971: Participation in the first International Youth Conference for Nature Protection, Hamilton, Canada;
  • 1972: Two-month zoological expedition to Asia Minor & Middle East;
  • 1984: Participation in International Ramsar Conference in Groningen, Netherlands;
  • 1988 & 1989: Field research of Pelican colonies in Danube Delta, Romania;
  • 1988: Participation in International Ramsar Conference in Montreux, Switzerland;
  • 1999: Participation in International Conference of Wetlands International in Dakar, Senegal;
  • 2001: Participation in International Conference of MedWet, Jerba, Tunisia.

List of Publications:


Michev, T. M. & M. P. Stoyneva (eds.). 2007. Inventory of Bulgarian Wetlands and their Biodiversity. Part 1: Non-lotic Wetlands. Publ. House Elsi-M, Sofia, 364 pp. *Please see the attached annotation at the end of the list.

Dimitrov, M., T. Michev, L. Profirov & K. Nyagolov. 2005. Waterbirds of Bourgas Wetlands: Results and Evaluation of the Monthly Waterbird Monitoring 1996-2002. PenSoft Publ. House, Sofia, 159 pp.

Michev, T., L. Profirov, M. Dimitrov & K. Nyagolov. 2004. The Birds of Lake Atanasovsko: Status and Checklist, Second Edition. Bourgas Wetlands Publication Series No 5, Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Bourgas, 44 pp.

Michev, T.& L. Profirov. 2003. Midwinter Numbers of Waterbirds in Bulgaria: Results from 25 years of mid-winter counts carried out at the most important Bulgarian wetlands. Publ. House Pensoft, Sofia, 160 pp (In English with Bulgarian summ.).

Michev, T.& Ts. Petrov. 2000. The Birds of Rodopi Mountains. Sofia, 123 pp (In Bulgarian with German summ.).

Michev, T., L. Profirov, M. Dimitrov & K. Nyagolov. 1999. The Birds of Atanasovsko Lake: Status and Checklist. Bourgas Wetlands Publication Series No 1, Bulg. Swiss Biodiversity Programme, Bourgas, 34 p

Michev, T., B. B. Georgiev, A. V. Petrova & M. P. Stoyneva (eds.). 1998. Biodiversity of the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve. Checklist and Bibliography Sofia. Co-published by Context & Pensoft, ivx+130 pp.

Nankinov, D., S. Simeonov, T. Michev & B. Ivanov, 1997. The Fauna of Bulgaria. Vol. 26. Aves. Part II, Publ. House of BAS, Sofia, 427 pp. (in Bulg. with Russian and English summ.).

Michev, T. (Ed-in Chief). 1995. National Action Plan for the Conservation of the most Important Wetlands in Bulgaria. Ministry of Environment, 55 pp (In Bulgarian, English and French).

Simeonov, S. & T. Michev. 1991. The Birds of the Balkan Peninsula (A field guide). Publ. House Dr. Petur Beron, Sofia, 250 pp (In Bulgarian).

Simeonov, S., T. Michev, D. Nankinov. 1990. The Fauna of Bulgaria, vol. 20, Aves. Part I. Publ. House of BAS, Sofia, 350 pp. (in Bulgarian with Russian and English summ.).

Michev, T.& R. Iliev. 1983. Pelicans, Reeds, People. Publ. House Zemizdat, Sofia, 117 pp (In Bulgarian).

Raykov, N.& T. Michev. 1979. Protected Bird Species in Bulgaria. Publ. House Zemizdat, Sofia, 98 pp (In Bulgarian).

Selected Papers & Book Chapters:

Botev, B. & Ts. Peshev. 1985. Red Data Book of People’s Republic of Bulgaria, vol. 2, Animals. Publ. House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 183 pp (author of 23 articles).

Crivelli, A. J., Catsadorakis, G., Hatzilacou, D., Hulea, D., Malakou, M., Marinov, M., Mitchev, T., Nazirides, T., Peja, N., Sarigul, G. & Saki, M. 2000. Status and population development of Great White and Dalmatian pelicans, Pelecanus onocrotalus and P. crispus breeding in the Palearctic. In: Yesou, P. & Sultana, J. (eds.). Monitoring and conservation of birds, mammals and sea turtles of the Mediterranean and Black Seas. La Valette, Malta.

Crivelli, A., G. Castsadornis, H. Jerrentrup, D. Hatzilacos & T. Michev. 1991. Conservation and Management of Pelicans nesting in the Palearctic. - In: ICBP Technical Publications 12: 137-152.

Crivelli, A., H. Jerretrup & T. Mitchev. 1988. Electric Power Lines: a Cause of Mortality in Pelecanus crispus Bruch, a World Endangered Bird Species, in Porto-Lago, Greece. - Waterbirds 12, 2: 301-305.

Crivelli, A. & T. Michev. 1997. The Dalmatian Pelican, Pelecanus crispus. - In: Hagemeijer, E., J., W., M., J., Blair (eds.). The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance. T & AD Poyser, London, 903 pp.

Crivelli, A., Y. Leshem, T. Michev & H. Jerrentrup. 1991. Where do Palearctic Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) presently over winter? - Rev. Ecol. (Terre et Vie) 46: 145-171.

Dimitrov, M., L. Profirov, K. Nyagolov & T. Michev. 2000. Record Counts of White-headed duck in Bulgaria.- TWSG News 12: 18-20.

Hunter, M., M. Black, I. Rusev, T. Michev & D. Munteanu. 1999. Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis). - In: Madsen J, G. Cracknell, T. Fox. 1999. Goose Populations of the Western Palearctic. Wetlands International, 343 pp.

Iankov, P., T. Michev & L. Profirov. 1991. Bulgarian Contribution to the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Europe. - Bird Census News 4, 1: 28-34.

Ivanov, B., T., Michev, D. Nankinov, V. Pomakov, L., Profirov. 1997. Breeding and Wintering Status of the Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo in Bulgaria.- Ekologia Polska 45, 1: 63 - 68.

Michev, T. 1983. Status and Conservation of Raptors in Bulgaria. - Bull. W. W. G. Birds of Prey 2: 32-36.

Michev, T. 1984. Ecological Researches of Autumn Migration of Soaring Birds in Atanasovsko Lake. Inst. of Ecology, Sofia: 350 pp. (a manuscript of research work qualifying for academic degree).

Michev, T. 1999. Breding and Mid-winter Numbers of Waterbirds. – In: Peev. D. & S. Gerasimov. National Programme for Monitoring of Bulgaria. Publ. House Gea Libris, 240 pp.

Michev, T. & A. Crivelli. 1998. Les effectifs reproducteurs du Pélican frisé (Pelecanus crispus, Bruch 1832) dans la réserve de Biosphère de “Srebarna”, 1955-1998. - Branta 3: 6-9.

Michev, T., D. Nankinov, B. Ivanov & V. Pomakov. 1983. Midwinter Numbers of Wild Geese in Bulgaria. – Aguila 8: 45-54.

Michev, T., Tz. Petrov & L. Profirov. 1985. Status, Breeding, Distribution, Numbers and Conservation of the White Stork in Bulgaria. - In: White Stork Status and Conservation, Walsrode, 14-19.10.1985: 137-143.

Michev, T., V. Pomakov, B. Ivanov & L. Profirov. 1991. A short note on wild Geese in Bulgaria during the Period 1977 to 1989. - Ardea 79: 167 - 168.

Michev, T. , V. Pomakov, D. Nankinov & B. Ivanov. 1981. Wetlands of international importance in Bulgaria. -In: Proceed of Reg. Symp. under Project 8-MAB, Blagoevgrad, 20-24. Х. 1980, Sofia, BAS: 448-462.

Michev, T. , L. Profirov. 1985. Der Herbstzug des Weisstorch (Ciconia ciconia L.) entlang der Bulgarischen Schwazmeerkueste. - In: White Stork-Status and Conservation, Walsrode, 14-19.10.1985: 228 – 295.

Michev, T. & L. Profirov. 1997. Evolutions des Effectifs Hivernaux de la Bernache a Cou roux (Branta ruficollis) en Bulgarie. - Branta 2: 10 – 14.

Michev, T. & R. Rufino. 1997. The Red Rumped Swallow, Hirundo daurica - In: Hagemeijer, E., J., W., M., J., Blair (eds.). The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance. T & AD Poyser, London: 903 pp.

Michev, T. & S. Simeonov. 1985. Changes in Bird Fauna of Bulgaria over the last 35 Years (1950-1984). In: Intern. symp. "Protection of Natural Areas and the Genetic Fund they contain" Project No 8 on the programme Man and Biosphere" MAB, UNESCO, 23-28. 09.1985, Blagoevgrad, Collection of reports, S., BAS, 217 pp.

Michev, T. & P. Weber. 1997. Phalacrocorax pygmeus. - In: Hagemeijer, E., J., W., M., J., Blair (eds.). The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance. T & AD Poyser, London, 903 pp.

Michev, T. & P. Yankov. 1993. Ornithofauna. - In: Sakalyan, M., K. Meini (Eds-in Chief). National Strategy for the Conservation of Biological Diversity, 548 pp.

Simeonov, P., T. Mitchev, G. Dobler & A. J. Crivelli. 2001. White Pelicans breeding in Bulgaria. - British Birds 94: 390.


*The new book "Inventory of Bulgarian Wetlands and their Biodiversity. Part1: Non-lotic Wetlands" with the supplemented CD-ROM presents the results of the inventory of about 9000 wetlands with their biodiversity in Bulgaria. They are grouped and encoded in original hierarchical classification, and the most threatened of them (340) are included in the first Red List of Bulgarian Wetlands. The ethymology and terminological meanings of Bulgarian hydronyms together with their English equivalents are provided. All water bodies and saturated habitats with their inhabitants are described in a similar way based on different sources depicted in a common list of references with about 2000 titles. Almost all of the existing sites were checked on satellite images. The first Database of the Bulgarian wetlands is provided on the applied CD. The sites are supplied by a detailed description with exact coordinates (MGRS and UTM), species composition (incl. the newly described species, relicts, endemics), conservation measures, etc. The book contains also articles on different aspects of the wetlands theory, status, conservation and biodiversity. Their authors are leading experts from Sofia University ‘St Kliment Ohridski’, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and other scientific institutes of the country. The book is written in English and is translated in Bulgarian in its most important parts. It is indispensable for any Bulgarian hydrobiologist-limnologist and is of interest for other scholars and students in biology and geography and for interpreters as well. It is a helpful tool and manual also for all those related with the investigation, conservation and management of wetlands.

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