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Research Field

  • Bio-indication, biomonitoring and ecological assessments of the environment

Research activities

Ecological risk assessment, as a means for solving a broad range of environmental problems, is a priority in the research and applied activity for environmental conservation. The significance of this field is due to the necessity of critical decisions for the environment to be taken under limited financial resources.

Ecological risk assessment is a multistep process including:

  • Identification of environmental problems
  • Development of adequate methodology for data collection and analyses
  • Incorporating the results in the decision making process

This thematic field has the main objective to develop the scientific approaches and applied aspects of the system of biological responses at different levels of organization (molecules, cells, organisms, biocoenoses, ecosystems) towards environmental factors, including anthropogenically induced factors in native and transformed ecosystems.

Research priorities

  • Bio-indication and ecological assessment of the aquatic environment;
  • Methodology of the ecological classification and impact assessment of the aquatic ecosystems associated with surface water bodies;
  • Mutagenesis and modulation of the mutagenic effects of the anthropogenic factors;
  • Applied ecology and environmental impact assessment;
  • Scientific and methodological support to the decision makers;
  • Training and education of MSc and PhD students in the above scientific and applied areas aiming at sustainable and integrated environmental management.
Head of department
Assoc.Prof. Yordan Uzunov, Ph.D

Research groups

Bioindication and ecological assessments

Assoc.Prof. Yordan Uzunov, Ph.D.
Main research topics

Studies on biodiversity, communities' structure and functioning of invertebrates and fish in surface water bodies (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands);

Studies and development of methods for nature protection and conservation of biodiversity and habitats in surface water bodies (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands);

Studies on biotic responses at population and community levels to environmental impacts and pressures on surface water bodies;

Development of methods for bioindication, assessment and monitoring of the environmental pollution and ecosystem degradation by means of ecological criteria and indices;

Studies and implementation of European Directives related to the ecological status, including water quality, and ecological classification of surface water bodies.

Development and application of methods and procedures for environmental impact assessment in surface water bodies (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands);

Scientific and methodological support to decision-makers, both from state agencies and private business in the filed of integrated water management.

Environmental mutagenesis

Assoc.Prof. Stephka Chankova, Ph.D.
Main research topics

Studies on the biotic responses at suborganism level to environmental stress factors

Genotoxicity screening of environmental pollutants using test systems

Monitoring of mutagenic effects of pollutants using laboratory and in situ methods

Environmental genetic risk assessment in microorganisms, plants, animals and humans, including physical, chemical and other stressors

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Last modified 19.10.2007 15:24

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