Nikola Bobchev

A dreamer, a passionate optimist, permanently smiling, loving the sea. That is how I see myself. I believe that actions and positive examples make our environment a better place. 

I graduated in Applied Geography and specialized in Waste Management and Ecology at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. My Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis are based on the determination of marine litter and microplastic pollution in the Black Sea. Protection of the Black Sea is a personal cause that I have started in 2017 by creating the blog of LessPlastic Bulgaria. With time passing by the initiative became a profession. I am glad that since 2020 I have been part of the Marine Ecology Laboratory in Sozopol, at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. As a researcher, I analyze microplastic pollution and do marine litter monitoring in the Black Sea.

What makes me connect to the Black Sea?
I was born in a small town on the Black Sea coast. I’ve always been connected to the sea, but I only realized how important it is to me when I moved to a town far away. Today I am trying to be an inspiration. I think we should respect, protect and not take the Black Sea for granted.

The Related Blue Economy Sector
Research & Education

My Keywords
#Microplastics #MarineLitter #EnvironmentalEducation #PlasticPollution