About Me


Researcher, Mountain climber and Motivational Speaker

Education: Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ (1992—1997).

Speciality: ecology and zoology.

Occupation: zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Professional Experience

  • Expert on bats, amphibians, reptiles and cave fauna in more than 50 projects for biodiversity assessments in the national parks, reserves, protected areas and NATURA 2000 sites in Bulgaria.
  • Manager of national and international projects on bat’s ecology and protection.
  • Consultant for governmental institutions, non governmental organizations, popular magazines and on-line editions.
  • Evaluator of projects in the field of biodiversity research and management of protected territories.
  • Author of many assessments, statements, instructions, project reports, articles and books.
  • Highly experienced public speaker and presenter.
  • Member of the Access Commission at the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA).
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement of the Conservation of Bats in Europe (EUROBATS).
  • Coordinator of the Bat Research & Conservation Centrе at the National Museum of Natural History.

Expedition Experience

Member and leader of research and mountaineering expeditions in France, Spain and Italy (1992-2015), Greece (2000, 2006-2015), Turkey (2000, 2006-2009), Romania (2000), Karakoram (Pakistan, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2017), Himalayas (Nepal, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017); Pakistan, 2016), Pamir (Kirghizia, 2003; Tajikistan, 2010), Andes (Argentina, 2004), Alaska (USA, 2004), Caucasus (Russia, 2004), Tien Shan (Kazakhstan, 1990, 2007), Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania (2009), China (2011, 2013).

Summits above 5000 meters (16400 ft)

  • 2017—  Dhaulagiri (8167 m) in Nepal
  • 2017 — Gasherbrum II (8035 m) in Pakistan
  • 2016 — Nanga Parbat (8126 m) in Pakistan
  • 2016 — Makalu (8485 m) in Nepal
  • 2016 — Annapurna I (8091 m) in Nepal
  • 2015 — Manaslu (8163 m) in Nepal (first Bulgarian accent)
  • 2014 — K2 (8611 m) in Pakistan (first Bulgarian accent), 2005 — up to 8200 m
  • 2014 — Broad Peak (8047 m) in Pakistan, 2001 — up to 7300 m
  • 2014 — Kangchenjunga (8586 m) in Nepal (first Bulgarian accent)
  • 2010 — Ismoil Somoni (7495 m) in Tajikistan
  • 2010 — Korzhenevskaya (7105 m) in Tajikistan
  • 2009 — Gasherbrum II (8035 m) up to 8030 m in Pakistan
  • 2009 — Gasherbrum I (8068 m) in Pakistan (first Bulgarian accent)
  • 2009 — Margherita (5109 m) in Uganda
  • 2009 — Mount Kenya (5199 m) in Kenya up to 5100 m
  • 2009 — Kilimanjaro (5895 m) in Tanzania
  • 2007 — Khan Tengri (6995 m) in Kazakhstan
  • 2004 — Elbrus (5642 m) in Russia
  • 2004 — Denali (6195 m) in the USA
  • 2004 — Aconcagua (6962 m) in Argentina
  • 2003 — Lenin (7134 m) in Kirghizia
  • 2001 — Demavend (5671 m) in Iran
  • 2000 — Ararat (5137 m) in Turkey

Caving Experience

Caver and biospeleologist with more than 450 caves and potholes in Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, Turkey, Romania, Montenegro and China, explored between 1990 and 2015. During these trips, more than 20 new to science species of invertebrates were collected and described.

Boyan is author and co-author of tens of research and popular papers on the distribution and ecology of bats, fauna of caves, species diversity and distribution of the amphibians and reptiles, travel notes and equipment reviews.

Featured Interviews

  • Forbes Magazine Bulgaria (Mай 2015) [PDF] (In Bulgarian)
  • National Geographic Bulgaria (February 2015) [PDF] (In Bulgarian)
  • Risk Takers National Geographic Bulgaria (May 2013) [PDF] (In Bulgarian)
  • Cavinig in China, Obekti Magazine (February 2012) [PDF] (In Bulgarian)