Kaloyan Ivanov

Dr. Kaloyan Ivanov, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology

Dr. Kaloyan Ivanov, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology

"I have always been fascinated by the natural world and the little things that make it go around. For me, a career in science was a natural progression of a childhood dream."

- Dr. Kaloyan Ivanov on what inspired him to pursue a career in science


Dr. Kaloyan Ivanov
Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology

Professional Titles

  • Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech
  • Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Instructor, Department of Biology, John Carroll University
  • Instructor, Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences, Cleveland State University
  • Collections Assistant, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Research Biologist, Department of Biology and Ecology of Terrestrial Animals, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


  • Ph.D. Ecology, Cleveland State University, 2010
  • M.Sc. Entomology, Sofia University, 2000

Research Interests

  • Taxonomy, systematics and natural history of ants (Hymenoptera:  Formicidae)
  • Hymenoptera taxonomy and systematics
  • Biodiversity
  • Arthropod sampling techniques
  • Community and urban ecology
  • Invasion biology

Professional Service

  • Editor, Insects of Virginia
  • Vice President, Virginia Natural History Society
  • Councilor, Virginia Natural History Society
  • Chair, Entomology Section, Virginia Academy of Sciences
  • Secretary, Entomology Section, Virginia Academy of Sciences
  • Secretary, Natural History and Biodiversity Section, Virginia Academy of Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Entomological Society of America
  • Entomological Society of Washington
  • International Society of Hymenopterists
  • Ohio Biological Survey
  • Virginia Academy of Sciences
  • Virginia Natural History Society

Selected Publications

  • Hightower, L., N. D. Moncrief, and K. Ivanov. 2019. First Virginia records of the Neotropical Deer Ked Lipoptena mazamae (Diptera: Hippoboscidae). Banisteria 53: 78-83.
  • Ivanov, K. 2019. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Ohio: an updated checklist. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 70: 65-87. doi: 10.3897/jhr.70.35207
  • Ivanov, K., L. Hightower, S. T. Dash, and J. B. Keiper 2019. 150 years in the making: first comprehensive list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Virginia. Zootaxa 4554: 532-560.
    Ivanov, K. 2017. Old collections add a new species to Virginia’s ensign wasp (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) fauna. Banisteria 49: 22-25.
  • Ivanov, K. 2016. Exotic ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Ohio. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 51: 203-226. doi: 10.3897/jhr.51.9135
  • Paluh, D., C. Eddy, C. Hickerson, K. Ivanov, and C. Anthony. 2015. Selective foraging on ants by a terrestrial polymorphic salamander. American Midland Naturalist 174:265-277
  • Ivanov, K., J. Keiper. 2011. Potential impacts of the invasive herb garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) on local ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) communities in northern temperate forests. Jeffersoniana 26: 1-14
  • Ivanov, K., O. M. Lockhart, J. Keiper, and B. M. Walton. 2011. Status of the exotic ant Nylanderia flavipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in northeastern Ohio. Biological Invasions 9: 1945-1950. DOI 10.1007/s10530-011-0021-z
  • Ivanov, K., J. Keiper. 2010. Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) diversity and community composition along sharp urban forest edges. Biodiversity and Conservation 19:3917-3933. DOI 10.1007/s1053 1-010-9937-3
  • Ivanov, K., J. Milligan, and J. Keiper. 2010. Efficiency of the Winkler method for extracting ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from temperate-forest litter. Myrmecological News 13: 73-79
    Ivanov, K., J. Keiper. 2009. Effectiveness and biases of Winkler litter extraction and pitfall trapping for collecting ground-dwelling ants in northern temperate forests. Environmental Entomology 38(6): 1724-1736
  • Francoeur, A., K. Ivanov. 2008. The known range of Myrmica semiparasitica (Formicidae: Hymenoptera). Notes from Underground 13(1).
  • Ivanov, K., J. Milligan. 2008. Paratrechina flavipes(Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a new exotic ant for Ohio. Proceedings Entomological Society of Washington 110(2): 439-444
    Georgiev, G., T. Ljubomirov, M. Raikova, K. Ivanov, V. Sakalian. 2004. Insectinhabitants of old larval galleries of Saperda populanea (L.) (Col. Cerambycidae) in Bulgaria. Journal of Pest Science 77: 235-243
  • Georgiev, G., M. Raikova, T. Ljubomirov, K. Ivanov. 2004. New parasitoids of Saperda populanea(L.) (Col. Cerambycidae) in Bulgaria. Journal of Pest Science 77: 179-182
    Georgiev, G., V. Sakalian, K. Ivanov, P. Boyadzhiev. 2004. Insects reared from stems and branches of goat willow (Salix caprea ) in Bulgaria. Journal of Pest Science 77: 151-153
  • Ivanov, K. 2003. Hybrizontinae (Hymenoptera; Ichneumonidae) – a new subfamily to the fauna of Montenegro. In: V. Pesic, V. Spalevic, G. Karaman, Z. Jovovic, and M. Langourov (Eds). The Biodiversity of the Biogradska Gora National Park. Monographies I, Department of Biology, University of Montenegro & Centre for Biodiversity of Montenegro: 104-105.
  • Ivanov, K. 2002. New faunistic records of family Ichneumonidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from Razgradski Heights (NE Bulgaria). - Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 54(1): 35-42.
  • Ivanov, K., T. Ljubomirov. 2001. Hymenoptera (Insecta) in  Kresna Gorge (SW Bulgaria).  In: P. Beron (Ed). Biodiversity of Kresna Gorge: 205-215.
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