Curriculum Vitae:

Date and place of birth:
05.02.1946, Burgas, Bulgaria

Education and thesis’s:

  • B.Sc. Geochemistry, Sofia University, 1972
  • Training certificate in Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Irkutsk, USSR, 1983
  • Ph.D. Igneous Petrology, Sofia University, 1985
    Ph.D. Dissertation: “Petrology of the Paleogene volcanics in the area of villages Bezvodno and Rusalsko, Kurdjali district”. Sofia University, 327 pp.
  • D.Sc. 2007. Geology and exploration of mineral resources; Geochemistry
    D.Sc. Dissertation: "Genetic models of the Paleogene hydrothermal ore deposits of the Eastern and Central Rhodopes on the bases of precise 40Ar/39Ar geochronology and Sr and Pb isotopic geochemistry"


  • 1991-present Senior Research Associate, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1980-1991 Research Associate, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1987-1988 Honorary Lecturer, Sofia University
  • 1978-1979 Exploration Geologist, Rare Metal Mining Corporation
  • 1974-1977 Assistant Professor, Sofia University
  • 1972-1973 Mining geologist, GORUBSO Mining Company

    Professional Affiliations:

  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
  • Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
  • Union of Bulgarian Scientists
  • Bulgarian Geological Association
  • Bulgarian Mineralogical Association

    Service for the National and International Academic Community
    Editorial Responsibilities
    From 1991 to 2008 I was a member of Editorial Board of the Geologica Balcanica. Since December 2008 I became the Chief Editor of the journal.
    Refereeing for other journals
    I review several manuscripts per year for journals such as Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Tectonophysics, Ore geology Reviews, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Geochemistry Mineralogy and Petrology and as well as papers for the Geologica Balcanica.

    Industrial Collaboration
    Since 1991 I have acting as a consultant of foreign exploration companies in Bulgaria: Navan Resources, Hareword, Balkan Mineral and Mining.

    Research Funding

  • Trace element and isotope studies of rocks, soils, minerals, coal, waters and archaeological artifacts by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Total cost of the project: 975 000 BGN, 2009-2010
  • Insights into Late Alpine geodynamic processes of the Eastern Rhodope and Eastern Srednogorie zones from potassic-ultrapotassic volcanism and sandstone sedimentation. Bilateral BAS-CNR project, 2007-2009.
  • Tectonic and magmatic controls on Cretaceous and Tertiary gold and copper deposits in the Rhodope Massif, the Srednogorie belt and the Caucasus, Bulgaria and Georgia. Subproject 2: Magmatism and ore deposits during Late-Alpine extension in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria, Swiss National Fond, SCOPES, IB7320-111046, 2005-2008. Total cost 67 700 CHF., Bulgarian share 26 400 CHF.
  • Origin and evolution of primitive arc and intraplate magmas: a case study from the mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks in the Upper Cretaceous-Tertiary magmatism of the Srednogorie zone and the Rhodopes. BAS-CNR project, 2004-2006.
  • Magmatic and geodynamic controls on the Upper Cretaceous and Paleogene ore deposits in the Srednegorie belt and the Rhodope Massif, Bulgaria. Swiss National Fund, 7BUPJ062276, 2000-2003.Total cost. 55 000 CHF, Bulgarian share 17 000 CHF.
  • GEODE. The Alpine-Balkan-Carpathian-Dinaride Chain Mineral Province. European Science Foundation. 2001-2003.
  • Upper Cretaceous-Tertiary potassium magmatism of the Balkanides: genesis and geodynamic setting and comparison with the Tertiary-Recent volcanism in Italy. Bilateral BAS-CNR project, 2001-2003.
  • Mantle dynamics and Tethian natural hazard mitigation. IGCP 430, 2001-2004
  • Diversity of the Paleogene basaltic magmas in the Eastern Rhodopesd: implications for the mantle sources and processes. NZ-807. Bulgarian National Fund, 2000-2003.
  • Origin of epithermal gold in Bulgaria: Constraints on the timing of magmatism, alteration, and mineralization from 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Swiss National Fund, SCOPES, 7BUPJ048659. 1996-1998. Total cost 28 000 CHF, Bulgarian share 27 000 CHF.
  • Collisional (post-collisional) magmatism in Bulgaria: relationships between mantle and crustal sources. Bilateral BAS-CNR project, 1998-2000
  • Magma mixing in a collisional setting: a case study from the Tertiary volcanism in the Eastern Rhodope Mnts., Bulgaria, NZ-430 Bulgarian National Fund, 1994-1997 and NATO Guest Fellowships programme, 1997.
  • Magma sources in the continental-arc petrogenesis: a case study from the Eocene-Oligocene Rhodopian Magmatism. NZ-5 Bulgarian National Fund, 1991-1993
  • Petrological, geochemical and geochronological studies of volcanic rocks of the Rhodope Massif (NE Greece and SE Bulgaria), Bilateral Bulgarian-Greek project, 1989-1990
  • Geology and petrology of the Madjarovo volcanic structure. Contract with Geological exploration organization Yambol, 1988-1990.
  • Composition and formation mechanism of the linear magma-tectonic strctures in the Srednogorie and the Rhodopes, funded by the GI BAS.
  • Genetic studies of the Paleogene Au-Ag and base-metal ore deposits in the Rhodopes. Bilateral co-operation with the University of Aberdeen, funded by Royal Society, 1994-1997.
  • Studies on the ore-occurrence “Undur Tsaagan”, Mongolia. Contract with Bulgargeomin.
  • Stratigraphical, petrological and structural-volcanological investigations of the Dambuluk volcanic massif. Contract with NIS of Sofia University.
  • Revision studies on the adularization in Madjarovo, Spahievo, Popsko and Zvezdel-Galenit.
  • Metasomatic alterations in the south part of the Madjarovo volcanic structure and Madjarovo ore field. Contract with Committee of Geology, 1983.

    Student consultant and supervisor
    PhD student consultant
    McCoyd , R. (1995), University of Aberdeen. Isotopic and geochemical studies of the epithermal-mesothermal Pb-Zn deposits of S. E. Bulgaria. Marton, I. (2008), University of Geneva. Formation, Preservation and Exhumation of Sedimentary Rock-Hosted Gold Deposits in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. Georgiev, S. (2008), ETH, Zurich. Sources and evolution of Late Cretaceous magmatism in Eastern Srednogorie, Bulgaria: constraints from petrology, isotope geochemistry and geochronology
    MSc students supervisor
    Nikolov, E. (1976) Petrographic and petrochemical characteristics of the volcanics in the village Bezvodno, Kurdzhali district.
    Pavlov, P. (1977). Petrographic and petrochemical characteristics of the volcanics northwest of the village Bezvodno, Kurdzhali district.
    Raicheva, R. (1990) Petrology of the volcanic rocks from eastern and northeastern periphery of the Madjarovo volcanic structure.
    Marinova, M. 1991. Petrology of the alkaline basalts from the North and Central Bulgaria and their entrained xenoliths.
    Bonev, N. 1991. Petrology of dike rocks of the Madjarovo volvcanic structure.
    Georgiev, S.(2005). Stratigraphy and petrology of the pyroclastic rocks in the Nanovitsa Depression, Eastern Rhodopes.
    Kibarov, P. (2008) Petrology and geochronology of the paleovolcano Iran Tepe (Eastern Rhodopes) and age relationships with the gold deposit Ada Tepe.

    Examining and Administration
    Since 2006 I am a member of the Specialized Council of the Geosciences at Higher Attestation Commission, which gives scientific degrees and academic ranks.
    PhD examining
    I have acted as external examiner for 2 PhD candidates: - University of Geneva and ETH, Zurich.
    Examination of Higher Degrees
    I have acted as a reviewer for a DSc theses at the Geological Institute.
    Institute Administration

  • 1992 - till now - Member of the Scientific Council of the Geological Institute.
  • 2006 - till now - Chief of the Department of Geochemistry and petrology.

    International Conference Presentations (1985-2008)

  • IAVCEI Assembly, Giardini-Naxos, Italy.
  • IUGG XIX General Assembly, Vancouver, Canada.
  • I Bulgarian-Greek symposium on Geology of the Rhoope Massif. Smolyan, Bulgaria.
  • IAVCEI Continental Magmatism, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Intern. Volcanol. Congress. IAVCEI, Mainz, FRG.
  • 2nd Hellenic-Bulgarian Symposium Geology and Physical Geography of the Rhodope Massif, University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Intern. Volcanol. Congress. IAVCEI, Ankara, Turkey.
  • XXI General Assembly IUGG, Boulder, USA.
  • EUROPROBE: PANCARDI workshop, Zakopane, Poland.
  • Intern. Volcanol. Congress IAVCEI, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • XVI Congress Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association, Vienna, Austria.
  • ABCD-GEODE 2000 Workshop, Borovets, Bulgaria.
  • ABCD -GEODE 2001 workshop, Vata Bai, Romania.
  • IGCP 430 Workshop II, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
  • GEODE Study Center on Geodynamics and ore deposit evolution. Chateau de Passieres, near Grenoble.
  • Final GEODE-ABCD workshop, Seggauberg, Austria.
  • SEG, SGA, Athens, Greece
  • IAVCEI General Assembly 2004. Pucon, Chile.
  • 5th Intern. Sympos. Eastern Mediter. Geol., Thessaloniki, Greece
  • NECAM 2006, Milos Island, Greece.
  • Conference on Advances in regional and metallogenic studies in the Carpathins, Balkans, Rhodope Massif and Caucasus, Bor, Serbia.
  • 9-th Biennial SGA Meeting, Dublin
  • Gordon Conference, Luka-Barga, Italy.
  • Donald Harrington symposium on the geology of the Aegean. Austin, USA

    National Conference Presentations (1990-2008)

    1992 100 anniversary of Acad. "S. Dimitrov".
    1993 “Development of the Bulgarian mineralogy”. 80 anniversary of Acad. I. Kostov
    1996 VI congress of Bulg. Geol. Society.
    1999 3-rd National Symposium Metallogeny of Bulgaria.
    2003 Minerogenesis-2004. 90 anniversary of Acad. I. Kostov.
    2005 80-years of Bulg. Geol. Society.
    2006 National Conference Geosciences
    2008 National Conference Geosciences

    Invited lectures in foreign universities and institutions

    1983 Petrology of the volcanic rocks from the southern periphery of the Borovitsa volcano-tectonic depression. Institute of Geochemistry, Vernadski, Irkutsk, USSR, 11,

  • Major, trace elements and isotopic zonality in the Eocene-Oligocene Macedonian-Rhodope Magmatic zone. University of Washington State 5.09. 1991,
  • University of Chicago, 25.12.1991; US Geological Survey, branch Denver, 29.10.1991.
    1994 Petrogenesis of Tertiary collisonal magmatism in the Rhodope Massif. University of Florence, Italy, 7.12.
    2004 Epithermal gold deposits in the Rhodope Massif, Bulgaria and Greece. University of Kanazawa, Japan.
    2005 Late Alpine tectonics and magmatism of the Rhodope Masif. University of Thessaloniki, 05. 05.
    2006 Hydrothermal ore deposits associated with Paleogene post-orogenic extension and magmatism in the Rhodope Massif (Bulgaria and Greece). ETH, Zurich
    2007 Calc-alkaline and intra-plate Paleogene volcanism in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. University of Geneva, 30.11.

    Last update: 1 April 2009