Museum Councillor

Slovenian Museum of Natural History
Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Prešernova 20, p.p. 290, SI – 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenija
T: (01) 241 09 50 (231 06 71 – Žibertova)
F: (01) 241 09 53

  • Biologist
  • Doctor of Biological Sciences


Work description
  • Head of Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Mammals Collection management
  • Editor of the museum’s publication SCOPOLIA
  • Taxonomy, Zoogeography and Conservation Biology of Mammals in Slovenia, South Eastern Europe, Middle East and Palaearctic. Experiences in field,  cabinet and laboratory work in zoology, monitoring animal populations, management and coordination of research groups and projects, writing and editing scientific and popular texts. Experienced in basic zoology drawings, statistical programs and working with databases.


Prizes and awards
  • Valvasor Award in 2011 for the exhibition Mysterious Death of the Young Leonora
  • Research Associate at Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum A. Koenig Bonn (from 2013). Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Hull, United Kingdom (2002). Regional Coordinator for the Palearctic area for Small Terrestrial Mammals at the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN (from 2009). Eastern Europe Coordinator at the Systematic Collections Committee of the International Federation of Mammalogists; from 2007).
  • Valvasor Award for Outstanding Achievements – for exhibition Our Little Big Sea, 2016 (all recipients of the award: Breda Činč Juhant, Ph.D., Andrej Gogala, Ph.D., Alenka Jamnik, Mojca Jernejc Kodrič, Miha Jeršek, Ph.D., Urška Kačar, Tea Knapič, Matija Križnar, M.A., Boris Kryštufek, Ph.D., Špela Pungaršek, Staša Tome, Ph.D., Ljerka Trampuž, Tomi Trilar, Ph.D. and Al Vrezec, Ph.D.)
  • Gold plaque of University of Primorska (2004)
  • Foundation of the University of Primorska for scientific excellence Award (2010)
  • CIC Literary Prize, Prix Technique for 2004 – Living with bears, 2003, coauthors Huw I. Griffiths, Božidar Flajšman).
  • Member of scientific committees of European Congress of Mammalogy: Jyvaskyla, Finland (1999); Brno, Czech Republic (2003); Warsaw, Poland (2019).
  • Member of scientific committees of International Conference on Dormice: Moščenička Draga, Croatia (1996); Edirne, Turkey (1999); Godolloe, Hungary (2002); Siedlce, Poland (2005), Ostritz, Germany (2011), Svendborg, Denmark (2014), Liege, Belgium (2017), Svilengrad, Bulgaria (2020)
  • Member of scientific committees of the International Zoological Congress of “Grigore Antipa” Museum, Bucharest, Romania): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Co-organizer of the scientific workshop “Patterns and Process in Balkan Biodiversity”. European Science Foundation Project, Koper Scientific research center and Hull University. UK, Koper, 25-29 September 2001.
  • Coordinator of Mapping of European mammals (Societas Europaea Mammologica) Project for the Yugoslavian area (1992-1999)
  • Steering Committee Member and Slovenia National Coordinator at Mapping of European mammals 2 project; Europaean Mammal Fundation); from 2017
  • 2001: Head of National Delegation at 3rd Governing Board Meeting, Global Biodiversity Information Facilities), Paris, 2001.
  • Associate editor of Mammalia Magazine: morphologie, biologie, systematique des mammiferes. De Gruyter Publisher, 1936-. ISSN 0025-1461. (from 2008) and Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences ISSN 23077166 (from 2019).
  • Member of editorial boards: Acta Musei Macedonici scientiarum naturalium. Skopje: Prirodonaučen muzej. ISSN 0583-4988 (od 2017); Acta zoologica cracoviensia. Kraków: Instytut Systematyki i Ewolucji Zwierząt Polskiej Akademii Nauk. ISSN 0065-1710 (od 2005); Acta zoologica Lituanica; Vilnius: Institute of Ecology of Vilnius University, ISSN 1392-1657 (2008-2011); The Bonn zoological bulletin. Bonn: Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, ISSN 2190-7307 (od 2010);Folia Zoologica. Praha: Academia. ISSN 0139-7893 (od 1994). Gortania, Geologia, paleontologia, paletnologia. Udine: Edizioni del Museo friulano di storia naturale, ISSN 2038-0410 (od 2009). Hystrix : the italian journal of mammalogy. Roma: Associazione teriologica italiana. ISSN 0394-1914 (od 2007). North-Western Journal of Zoology. Oradea: University of Oradea Publishing House, ISSN 1584-9074 (od 2005). Theriologia Ukrainica (Pracì Terìologìčnoï školi). Lugans´k: Ukraïns´ke terìologìčne tovaristvo NAN Ukraïni, 1998-. ISSN 2074-2274 (od 2018). Trakya Ünýversýtesý bilimsel araţtýrmalar dergisi. B serýsý. Series B, Fen bilimleri, Natural and applied sciences. Edirne: Trakya Üniversitesi, ISSN 1302-647X (od 2000). Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa”. Bucureşti: Muzeul Naţional de Istoire Naturalæa “Grigore Antipa”. ISSN 1223-2254 (od 2011). Zoology in the Middle East. Taylor & Francis: Kasparek. ISSN 0939-7140 (od 2011). Zoology and Ecology, Taylor & Francis (od 2012); Turkish Journal of Zoology (Tunitak).
  • Visiting Professor: Kyoto University, Japan (4 months in 2017); Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague (from 2016); Arak University, Arak, Iran (2018).
  • Guest Researcher: Vertebrate Museum, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, USA (6 months in 1998).
  • Invited lectures, seminars, plenary lectures: 2019 – 14th International Congress on Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions, organizator: Hellenic Zoological Society, Solun, Greece; 2018 – International Training Course on Rodents and Rodent-born Disease, organizator: Pasteur Institute in Tehran, Akanlu, Hamadan, Iran; 2018 – International Conference on Integrative Approaches of Rodent Studies, organizator Ferdowsi University, Mashad, Iran; 2018 – Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran; 2017 – National University of Taiwan, Biology Department, Taipei, Taiwan; 2017 – Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto, Japan, 2016, 2017 – Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany; 2016 – Zoological Museum (Museo Civico di Zoologia), Rome, Italy; 2010, 2011, 2015, 2019 – Charles University, Prague, 2013 – Zoological Institute; Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation; 2011-2013 – Univerza of Zagreb, Croatia; 2000 – Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabet, Republic of South Africa; 2000, 2002 – Fort Hare University, Alice, Republic of South Africa; 1998 – Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, USA; 1997 – University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On December 1, 2020, Boris Kryštufek received the Zois Award for significant achievements in the research of mammalian biodiversity. In the justification, it is emphasized that his work is based on the study of the museum’s natural history collections. The Zois Award is the highest recognition for achievements in the field of scientific research and development activity and has been awarded since 1998.

The recognition is awarded by a committee appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

  • Sesalci Slovenije (1991), The Atlas of European Mammals (1999), Osnove varstvene biologije (1999), Ključ za določanje vretenčarjev Slovenije (1999), Mammals of Turkey andCyprus (2001, 2005, 2009), Living with Bears: A large European carnivore in a shrinking World (2003; dobitnik CIC Literary Prize za 2004), Balkan Biodiversity: Pattern and Process in the European Hotspot (2004), Polh in človek (2007).


Researcher No: 09211


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