Maria Kachamakova

Maria Kachamakova
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences | BAS · Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research

PhD of Ecology and Nature Conservation

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Additional affiliations
July 2021 - present
World Wildlife Fund
Position
  • Senior Expert Wildlife Conservation
February 2020 - present
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Participate in research projects on: small mammal ecology, conservation and genetics; invasive mammals dispersal and management.
June 2018 - June 2021
World Wildlife Fund
Position
  • Project Manager
Description
  • Manage the implementation of MEASURES project - an international project on sturgeon research and conservation funded by the EU Danube transnational programme - Oversees the project, coordinate the team, ensure the most efficient resources are used and ensure that all parties involved are satisfied (part time position)
Education
February 2017 - January 2020
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Field of study
  • Ecology
March 2016 - September 2016
September 2015 - January 2016
University of Antwerp
Field of study
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration

Publications

Publications (13)
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The Sciuridae family is generally referred to as herbivorous and occasionally omnivorous. Although sciurids are known to opportunistically feed on carcasses of other vertebrates (including cannibalism), the active predation on vertebrates is presumably rare. Here, we present a case of a European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) catching and...
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The current publication gives a detailed assessment of the results from a population reinforcement of a European ground squirrel's ( Spermophilus citellus ) colony in south-eastern Bulgaria. The reinforcement was planned and implemented along with multidisciplinary research of the adaptation process (including radiotelemetry, parasitological study...
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The spatial behaviour of 47 European ground squirrels (Spermophilus citellus) was investigated through radio-collars in the frame of a conservation project for population reinforcement in south-eastern Bulgaria. For the first time both translocated and resident individuals were collared. After the release, each individual’s movement was followed ho...
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The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) is a rodent inhabiting the open grasslands of central and southeastern Europe. The species is endangered, and various conservation activities are being conducted to preserve and improve the populations’ status, especially during the recent years including translocations of individuals. The succes...
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The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) is a vulnerable species, whose populations are declining throughout its entire range in Central and South-Eastern Europe. To a great extent, its conservation depends on habitat restoration, maintenance and protection. In order to improve the conservation status of the species, reintroductions are...
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The European ground squirrel ( Spermophiluscitellus ) is a vulnerable species (IUCN) living in open habitats of Central and South-eastern Europe. Translocations (introductions, reintroductions and reinforcements) are commonly used as part of the European ground squirrel (EGS) conservation. There are numerous publications for such activities carried...
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Научно-популярна статия свързана с природозащитният статус на европейския лалугер (Sermophlius citellus) и нуждата от неговата промяна в по-висок - застрашен? A scientifically popular article on the conservation status of the European ground squirrel (Sermophlius citellus) and the need to change it to a higher - endangered?
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Introduction In search of more data about the EGS individuals' fate after conservation translocations we equipped 18 animals with radio-collars during new reinforcement project in "Zapadna Strandzha" SPA, Bulgaria. Methods The animal's location was recorded daily for 13 days (July-September) and the distance to the mean release point was calculated...
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Introduction Repatriations of European ground squirrel (EGS) are commonly used for its conservation in Central Europe, but until now there is no data about such activities in Southeastern Europe. Methods The current study presents an overview of authors’ personal data and publicly available data (published articles, unpublished records etc.) fo...
Poster
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Most of the motorways in Bulgaria were built before the implementation of EC regulations related to the ecological corridors’ preservation. As consequence a lot of them are barriers for the wildlife movements, moreover when they lie in important natural areas, connecting distant populations. One such an example is the Lyulin Motorway. Because of th...
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Today, due to a number of socio-economic and ecological processes, the European lynx population is recovering in Bulgaria (Picture 1), but its survival is uncertain. One of the key elements of successful conservation is the comprehensive knowledge about the species’ biology and behaviour in nature. Being a cryptic animal, the lynx is very difficult...
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Current studies on Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in the wild rarely include behavioural traits of this species. Moreover, being a cryptic species, its behaviour is very difficult to be studied in the wild. In order to record and analyse the lynx behaviour during the breeding season, a cameratrap was put in a lynx enclosure in Sofia Zoo for 64 days to f...

Projects

Projects (5)
Project
Mapping, study of conservation status of Common (Cricetus cricetus) and Romanian hamster (Mesocricetus newtoni) in Bulgaria.
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We investigate the interspecific relationship between European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) and ants in two reintroduced colonies in Bulgarian mountains.
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The aim of this project is to investigate the occurrence of the American Mink in Bulgaria and the potential damages caused by escaped individuals from the existing fur farms. Also to explore the possibility of establishing wild populations of the species in Bulgaria.