Melinda HALASSY, PhD

IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
research associate professor
halassy.melinda [at]
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 123
Brief description of the main scopes: 

"Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Restoration ecology is the science upon which the practice of ecological restoration is based. Restoration ecology ideally provides clear concepts, models, methodologies and tools for practitioners in support of their practice." Society for Ecological Restoration International, 2005. SER Europe

I am involved in ecological restoration since 1995. My focus is on sand grasslands. I study the spontaneous regeneration and potential restoration of these grasslands (including the vegetation & the soil seed bank).

20-24 Aug. 2018 Vácrátót, Hungary
Best practice in management and restoration of European dry grasslands
SER Europe Summer School on Ecological Restoration 2018

9-13 Sept. 2018 Reykjavik-Iceland
SERE2018: 11th European Conf. on Ecological Restoration

Main profile in keywords: 
restoration ecology, dry grasslands, seed bank, plant traits
Selected publications: 


Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Anikó Csecserits, Melinda Halassy, Krisztián Halász, Katalin Szitár, Katalin Török (2017): Relationship of germination and establishment for twelve plant species in restored dry grassland APPLIED ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH 15(4):227-239 More ››
Katalin Török, Anikó Csecserits, Imelda Somodi, Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Krisztián Halász, Tamás Rédei, Melinda Halassy (2017): Restoration prioritization for industrial area applying multiple potential natural vegetation modeling Restoration Ecology early view More ››


Anikó Csecserits*, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, György Kröel-Dulay, Barbara Lhotsky, Gábor Ónodi, Tamás Rédei, Katalin Szitár, Melinda Halassy (2016): Tree plantations are hot-spots of plant invasion in a landscape with heterogeneous land-use Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 226 (2016) 88–98 More ››


Török Katalin, K Szitár, M Halassy, R Szabó, T Szili-Kovács, N Baráth, M.W Paschke (2014): Long-term outcome of nitrogen immobilization to restore endemic sand grassland in Hungary Journal of Applied Ecology, 51: 756–765 More ››


Szili-Kovács Tibor, Szabó Rebeka, Halassy Melinda, Török Katalin (2012): Restoration of a sandy grassland by the application of various carbon sources promoting the immobilization of soil nitrogen Agrokémia és Talajtan, 60 (Suppl.), pp. 255–266. More ››


Csecserits Anikó, Czúcz Bálint, Halassy Melinda, Kröel-Dulay György, Rédei Tamás, Szabó Rebeka, Szitár Katalin, Török Katalin (2011): Regeneration of sandy old-fields in the forest-steppe region of Hungary Plant Biosystems, 145(3): 715-729. More ››


Choi YD, Temperton VM, Allen EB, Grootjans A P, Halassy Melinda, Hobbs RJ, Naeth MA, Török Katalin (2008): Ecological restoration for future sustainability in a changing environment. ECOSCIENCE 15: 53-64 More ››


Csecserits Anikó, Rebeka Szabó, Melinda Halassy, Tamás Rédei (2007): Testing the validity of successional predictions on an old-field chronosequence in Hungary. Community Ecology 8(2): 195-207. More ››


Halassy Melinda, Campetella Giandiego, Canullo Roberto, Mucina Ladislav (2005): Patterns of functional clonal traits and clonal growth modes in contrasting grasslands in the central Apennines, Italy Journal of Vegetation Science 16: 29-36 More ››


Halassy Melinda, Török Katalin (2004): Combination of Treatments to Restore Native Sand Grassland Species to Black Locust Plantations (Hungary). Ecological Restoration 22: 217-218. More ››



Török Katalin, Szili-Kovács Tibor, Halassy Melinda, Tóth T, Hayek Zsuzsanna, Paschke M W, Wardell L J (2000): Immobilization of soil nitrogen as a possible method for restoring sand grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 3: 7-24. More ››