This page contains information about most
important on-going and finished projects
- Subalpine forest development in Bulgarian
Mountain Forests under climate change.
Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
and the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science.
The aim of the project is to study unmanaged
subalpine forests in Bulgaria and the possible effect of
climate changes on them. We address topics like natural
disturbance regimes of Picea abies, Pinus heldreichii
and Pinus peuce forests, regeneration within them,
possible effects of future warming and droughts, effects
of mycorrhiza. To learn more about this project, please
the link. Project leaders: Swiss Team - Dr. Peter Bebi,
SLF; Bulgarian team: Dr. Stefan Yurukov, University of Forestry.
Project period: 2013 - 2015
- Natural disturbances and natural dynamics
in Norway spruce forests (Picea abies Karst)
- project funded by the National Science Fund of
Bulgaria, DMU 02/22 2009)
The aim is to study the natural dynamics
in Picea abies forests that have not been affected
by human interventions. Special focus are natural disturbances
(windthrows, insect outbreaks, fires), which are the main
factor causing rapid changes within these forests. The study
sites are several reserves in the Bulgarian Mountains -
Parangalitsa, Bistrishko braniste and Beglika. Project leader
is Dr. Momchil Panayotov; Project period: 2010 - 2013
- "Studying the variation of tree
ring width and anatomy of Pinus heldreichii and
the effects of climate factors on it
A group of several research projects
aiming at better understanding the growth of the Balkan
sub-endemic species Pinus heldreichii (P. leucodermis).
Please, follow the
link to learn more.
- "Effects of avalanches on forest
A group of projects aiming at studying
the reflection of avalanches on tree rings (mostly of
Pinus peuce), dating past avalanches. The study
site is the Northwest slope of Todoka Peak, Pirin Mts.
Please, follow the link
to learn more.