|2017 – present||PhD Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarship, NERC E3 DTP Studentship
Title: Attribution of biodiversity change to land use change and climate change
I am quantifying the effects of global change drivers on biodiversity change.
|2012 – 2016||BSc Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Edinburgh 1st Class Hons
Dissertation: The effect of agri-environmental schemes on farmland birds
I examined applied benefits of AES for conservation in complex landscapes in Scotland.
|2014 – 2015||International Exchange Programme, University of Queensland High Distinction|
|2017||Field assistant, Tundra Ecology Lab, University of Edinburgh
I collected data on plant phenology and community composition in the Arctic.
|2017||Field assistant, Phillimore Group, University of Edinburgh
I surveyed tree and bird phenology along a latitudinal transect in Scotland.
|2016 – 2017||Lab and data manager, Tundra Ecology Lab, University of Edinburgh
I gained experience in data analysis, dendrochronology and drone imagery processing.
|2016||Field assistant, Kruuk Lab, Australian National University
I recorded superb fairy-wren mating displays for a long-term evolutionary study.
SELECTED AWARDS AND FUNDING
|2017||Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarship|
|Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme Grant to support Coding Club
I have been developing statistics and programming tutorials.
U. of Ed Impact Award for Best Student-Staff collaboration for Coding Club
|Peter Marsh Prize to conduct fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic|
|Highly commended talk, Scottish Ecology, Env. and Cons. Conference|
|2016||Innovation Initiative Grant to spearhead Coding Club|
|Principal’s Go Abroad Fund to conduct fieldwork in Australia|
|Most distinguished graduate and best honours dissertation
Ecological and Environmental Sciences Programme, University of Edinburgh
|Best short presentation, Scottish Tropical Ecology Conference|
|2015||Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, University of Queensland|
Daskalova, G.N., Phillimore, A.B., Bell, M., Maggs, H., Perkins, A. J. Population Responses of Five Bird Species to 12 Years of Agri-environment Schemes in Northeastern Scotland. (in review at Journal of Applied Ecology)
Daskalova, G.N., Godlee, J.L., Myers-Smith, I.H. Rarity does not influence population change of vertebrate species in the UK, despite global variation in population trends. (in prep)
Myers-Smith, I.H., Grabowski, M., Thomas, H., Angers-Blondin, S., Daskalova, G.N., et al. Eighteen years of ecological monitoring reveals multiple lines of evidence for tundra vegetation change (in prep, manuscript available on request)
|2017||Does rarity influence population trends in the UK and across global biomes?
Ecology Across Borders Conference, Ghent
Coding Club: an innovative peer-to-peer learning communityUniversity of Edinburgh Student-Staff Partnership signing (invited talk)
|Are rare species more likely to be declining than common species in the UK?
RSE Spotlight on Scotland’s Biodiversity Conference (invited talk)
|Innovation and experiential learning (Isla Myers-Smith & Gergana Daskalova)
University of Edinburgh Senate’s Away Day (invited talk)
|Are rare species more likely to decline than common species?
Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference (highly commended)
|2016||Population responses of five bird species to 12 years of agri-env. schemes
British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Liverpool
|Landscape-contingent effectiveness of agri-environment schemes
Kruuk Group, Research School of Biology, Australian National University
|Homogenisation of avian communities due to edge effects
Scottish Tropical Ecology Meeting, Stirling (best short talk)
Manipulation and visualisation of spatial and population data
UK and Northern Ireland Marine Mammalogy 2018 Annual Meeting, St Andrews, Scotland
Transferring quantitative skills among scientists
Ecology Across Borders 2017, Ghent, Belgium
Setting up a GitHub repository for your lab
Biodiversity and Behaviour Research Group 2017, University of St Andrews
Quantifying population change and visualising species occurrence
Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation 2017 Conference, Aberdeen, Scotland
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
|RESEARCH||My research experience includes studying population and biodiversity change using long-term datasets from focal sites and global databases, and synthesising biodiversity and gridded datasets to quantify how global change drivers are re-shaping ecological communities in the Anthropocene.|
|DATA ANALYSIS||Proficient user of the R programming environment (e.g. packages tidyverse, vegan, lme4, MCMCglmm, rmarkdown) and GitHub for version control and project management. Additional programming languages: HTML, CSS, Markdown.
Certified Software and Data Carpentry Instructor
Image analysis: AgiSoft PhotoScan, Pix4D (drone imagery) and ImageJ
Spatial analysis: ArcGIS and QGIS
|TEACHING||I am coordinating Coding Club, a peer-to-peer initiative developing statistics and programming skills for researchers at all career stages (ourcodingclub.github.io/). I am co-supervising two students (Honours and Masters research projects), tutoring on the Conservation Science and GeoScience Outreach courses and demonstrating on the NERC E3 Doctoral Training Programme 1st year course (version control and R modules) at the University of Edinburgh.|
|FIELDWORK||I have successfully completed three field seasons (Australia, Scotland and the Canadian Arctic, 2016-2017, 8 months cumulative). I have experience in using GNSS equipment (Global Navigation Satellite System) to conduct high-precision geolocation surveys, and in environmental monitoring to study biodiversity change.|
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH
Out of sight, out of mind: conservation issues in the Australian Outback
BIOSPHERE 23, 17-24 (opinion piece, non peer-reviewed) bit.ly/2lsneCq
Curiosity Forest, Explorathon Edinburgh 2017, European Researchers’ Night
Interactive event bringing engaging adults and kids with research
Art-Science Collaboration, Edinburgh International Science Festival
Еxhibition showcasing the beauty in Arctic research bit.ly/2wQAshX
Gardening Club leader and agro-ecology teacher, Trinity Academy
Booklet on teaching agro-ecology and an original board game about plant interactions
Geoscience Outreach Graphic Design and Social Media Workshop Leader
University of Edinburgh bit.ly/2pIkq5I and geoscienceoutreach.wordpress.com/
Good teaching – co-authored with Isla Myers-Smith
Theory and high-level processes in the Arctic – co-authored with Isla Myers-Smith
Coding Club – a positive peer-to-peer learning community
GeoScience Outreach: teaching science communication ‘beyond the programme’ and outside of the ‘Ivory Tower’ – co-authored with Isla Myers-Smith
Theory, meta-analyses and stylised facts in ecology
The future of biodiversity indicators for conservation
British Ecological Society Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Group Member
British Ecological Society Peer-review scheme (participant)
Biodiversity Journal Club coordinator, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Ecology Network Social Media coordinator
|2017 – ongoing||Royal Society of Biology|
|2015 – ongoing||British Ecological Society|
|Royal Society for the Protection of Birds|
|2008 – ongoing||Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds|