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DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE is a part of the Faculty of Forestry – A Building, University Forestry, Sofia .

Head of Department - Assoc. Prof. PhD Simeon Bogdanov – A Building, 2nd fl., office 230, phone : 91907/270 .

Organizer of educational activity – eng. Yulia Hristova - A Building , 2nd fl., Lab. 207, phone: 91907/362 .

Teaching staff :

  • Prof. D.Sc Lyudmila Malinova
  • Assoc. Prof. PhD Simeon Bogdanov
  • Assoc. Prof. PhD Biser Emilov Hristov
  • Assoc. Prof. PhD Boyka Malcheva
  • Chief Assist. Prof. PhD Kamelia Petrova
  • Asisst. Prof. PhD Pavel Ventsislavov Pavlov
  • Asisst. Prof. PhD Bilyana Boyanova Grigorova-Pesheva


Subjects of Soil Science were included in the educational program from the foundation of the Higher Forestry Institute in 1956, at the Department of Forestry .

During 1974-1994, the staff and the subjects of Soil Science were part of Ecology and Environment Protection Department . In 1994 independent Department of Soil Science and Soil Erosion was established. Since 1999, the department was renamed to a Department of Soil Science.


• Genesis and soil classification;
• Monitoring of soils;
• Pollution of soils;
• Reclamation of disturbed areas;
• Influence of fires on soil;
• Soil organic mater;
• Ecology of microorganisms;
• Impact of environmental pollution on soil microflora;
• Microbiology of soils in forest ecosystems and agro-ecosystems.
•Soil Erosion and control


- Prof. PhD. Boris Kitin - 1974-1980;
- Prof. PhD Svetla Gencheva -1980-1982;
- Prof. PhD Victor Donov - 1983-1992 ;
- Assoc. Professor PhD Dimitar Zackov - 1992-1994;
- Assoc. Professor PhD Tzvetan Yordanov - 1994 – 2016;
- Prof D.Sc. Lyudmila Malinova 2016 – 2020
- Assoc. Professor PhD Simeon Bogdanov 2020

Angel Georgiev was the first lecturer in Soil Science. In 1966 the name of the course was changed to Forest Soil Science, held by professor Victor Donov . In 1979 a new subject - Soil Science and Fertilization - has been developed and included in the educational program for the university specialty Landscaping , held by assoc. prof. Svetla Gencheva. In 1992 has been created a new subject of Soil Concervatiion by prof. Kitka Yorova.

Five new subjects - Microbiology , Soil Science, Soil Pollution and Impacts on Ecosystems , Soil Science and Soil Protection , and Soil Microbiology, the Department has developed after the opening of three new faculties in University of Forestry - Ecology and Landscape Architecture (1994), Agronomy (1994) and Business Menagement (1995) .

The Department of Soil Science runs its educational and scientific processes in two modern well equipped laboratories - Laboratory of Soil Science and Laboratory of Microbiology .

The staff of the department has been enlarged during the years by new assistant professors and researchers, who had successful academic carrier - assoc. prof. PhD Tzvetan Yordanov (1978), PhD (1988) and D.Sc (2014) prof. Lyudmila Malinova, prof. PhD Maya Nustorova (1996), prof. PhD Rositsa Petrova (1985), Simeon Bogdanov (2000), Chief assis. prof. PhD Boika Malcheva (2012), Assist. PhD Kamelia Petrova (2016) and Biser Hristov (2020)

At the moment there are six lecturers and one organizer of the educational process working in the department.


Department of soil science
From left to right: Assist . Prof. PhD Boyka Malcheva, Prof. PhD Rositsa Petrova, Assoc . Prof. PhD Simeon Bogdanov, Prof. D.Sc Lyudmila Malinova, eng. Yulia Hristova, Prof. PhD Maya Nustorova and Assist. Kamelia Petrova

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