Gergana Daskalova

Schmidt Science Fellow

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


Gergana Daskalova is a Schmidt Science Fellow with the Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program. She is a global change ecologist with a passion for biodiversity change and global change drivers such as land abandonment and climate change. The overarching aim of her research is to determine the sources of the complex patterns of population and biodiversity change observed over time around the world. From land abandonment and human depopulation, to climate warming in the Arctic and more, she is investigating how and why the Earth’s biota is changing across the Anthropocene.

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Last update: 26 JAN 2022


Dragonetti, C., Daskalova, G. , & Di Marco, M. (2024). The exposure of the world’s mountains to global change drivers. iScience 27 (5) p. 109734. 10.1016/j.isci.2024.109734.

Martins, I., Schrodt, F., Blowes, S., Bates, A., Bjorkman, A., Brambilla, V., Carvajal-Quintero, J., Chow, C., Daskalova, G. , Edwards, K., Eisenhauer, N., Field, R., Fontrodona-Eslava, A., Henn, J., van Klink, R., Madin, J., Magurran, A., McWilliam, M., Moyes, F., Pugh, B., Sagouis, A., Trindade-Santos, I., McGill, B., Chase, J., & Dornelas, M. (2023). Widespread shifts in body size within populations and assemblages. Science 381 (6662) 1067-1071. 10.1126/science.adg6006.

Riva, F., Graco-Roza, C., Daskalova, G. , Hudgins, E.J., Lewthwaite, J.M.M., Newman, E.A., Ryo, M., & Mammola, S. (2023). Toward a cohesive understanding of ecological complexity. Science Advances 9 (25) eabq4207. 10.1126/sciadv.abq4207.

Daskalova, G. & Kamp, J. (2023). Abandoning land transforms biodiversity. Science 380 (6645) 581-583. 10.1126/science.adf1099.

Dornelas, M., Chase, J.M., Gotelli, N.J., Magurran, A.E., McGill, B.J., Antão, L.H., Blowes, S.A., Daskalova, G. , Leung, B., Martins, I.S., Moyes, F., Myers-Smith, I.H., Thomas, C.D., & Vellend, M. (2023). Looking back on biodiversity change: lessons for the road ahead. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 378 (1881) e20220199. 10.1098/rstb.2022.0199.