Research groups

The main research interest of the Evolutionary Ecology Research Group focuses on the proximal determination and function of various behavioural traits, their role in mediating the interactions among individuals and species as well as in how they mediate adaptations to different environments, and finally, the evolutionary and ecological consequences of these interactions.

We investigate how changing climate and land use affect vegetation in the sand region of Kiskunsag, Central Hungary. Research topics include the ecological effect of warming, drying, wildfires, and plant invasion, as well as succession following land abandonment and following the removal of alien tree plantations. Approaches range from descriptive local case studies and long-term monitoring, through lanscape and regional-scale surveys, to complex field experiments.

The Forest Ecological Research Group focuses on the investigation of species and functional composition, structure and dynamics of forests. The studies are mainly related to the deciduous forests of the Carpathian basin including managed and unmanaged stands. The investigations include stand structure, many organism groups (plants, animals, fungi), forest site (microclimate, soil conditions) and biological processes (decomposition, predation, regeneration, effect of large herbivores).

Taxonomic and chemotaxonomic biodiversity investigations have been carried out for decades. Chemotaxonomic investigations took place in Vácrátót, furthermore some preparations for molecular genetic studies were also possible in our laboratories. Instrumental analytical and molecular genetical investigations on lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi became possible via cooperations with institutions in Hungary and abroad.

The research group studies the vegetation patterns and processes at large (geographic) scales with special attention to effects of climate change, biological invasions and land-use changes.

The destruction of biodiversity causes considerable threat on ecosystem services for human well-being. The aim of our research is to discover the ecological background of some important ecosystem services, evaluation in European context, and to provide the development of a sustainable habitat and land use at both international and national level.

Due to the increasing human pressure on Earth, there is an urgent need for maximising the resilience of ecosystems in order to sustain or restore their biodiversity and the ecosystem functions and services they provide. In vegetation dynamics and ecosystem functioning seeds play a crucial role by allowing persistence, recruitment and mobility in populations and facilitating meta-population dynamics. These ecological functions of seeds are in the focus of both ecology and conservation science.

The restoration ecology group tests methods suitable for the restoration of endemic Pannonian sand grassland (Festucetum vaginatae) and forest-steppe...

Main goal of our research group is to conduct and facilitate research on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) among Hungarians living in the Carpathian basin. The main focus of the group is landscape ethnoecology, local landscape perception, and TEK related to habitats, vegetation and traditional land use. ...