Group members


András Báldi, D.Sc.

My main research interests are: (1) various aspects of the conservation of farmland biodiversity. I am interested in the effects of management of grassland, arable and set-aside fields on birds, plants, orthopterans, carabids, spiders, bees, considering landscape structure and composition. (2) the effects of habitat fragmentation and edges on the distribution of birds, predation and pollination. More...

Péter Batáry, Ph.D.

I am interested in various fields of ecology, especially in those, which can be linked with conservation biology and deal with different spatial scales. My main current field of research is the effects of agricultural management on biodiversity and related ecosystem services at different spatial scales. Currently I do my researches at the Agroecology Group of Georg-August University, Göttingen (Germany) in the frame of an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. More...

Zoltán Elek, Ph.D.

I'm interested in the ecology and behaviour of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) concerning on the spatio-temporal variation and its diversity patterns. Recently, I examined the possible role of poplar plantations in the conservation of ground beetles (in France). I have studied the effect of urbanisation on ground beetles, which involved two mainstreams: a.) I evaluated the methods for studying fluctuating asymmetry on carabids, and the physical condition (relationship between the body mass and body length estimators) of carabids among different urbanisation stages; b.) I also studied the assemblage characteristics (diversity and distribution) of carabids among urbanisation stages using the GLOBENET protocol in Soroe, Denmark. I also studied the impact of forest edges on carabids and its responses to the local environmental effects. More...

Ferenc Jordán, Ph.D.

I study various ecological networks, in particular, landscape graphs and food webs. My key interest is to understand the relationship between structure and dynamics. I cooperate mostly with A. Báldi and K. M. Orci, as well as co-organised several events with L. Rózsa. More...

Anikó Kovács, M.Sc.

The main interests of my research are the effects of agriculture management on biodiversity. My supervisor is András Báldi, but I am working together with Péter Batáry, Ádám Kőrösi and Kirill Márk Orci also. As MSc student I studied the effects of fertilisers, pesticide use and the landscape on the flora, some arthropod groups and birds in winter cereal fields. Now as PhD student I deal with the flora and fauna of set-asides, which are 1, 2 or 3 years long rested arable fields in the frame of the Hungarian agri-environment schemes. My question is that how plants, arthropods (spiders, carabids, Orthopterans, butterflies and bees) and birds colonise these set-aside fields. More...

Ádám Kőrösi, Ph.D.

My main area of interest is population ecology and behaviour of butterflies. My studies focus on estimating parameters of population dynamics relying on mark-recapture datasets and quantifying habitat use and movement pattern based on individuals' movement tracks. Furthermore, I assess the effects of abandonement on the diversity of butterflies in agricultural landscapes (together with Anikó Kovács). More...

Thomas Madsen, Ph.D.

1.) Since 1989 I am studying predator-prey interactions of water pythons (Liasis fuscus) and their main prey, the dusky rat (Rattus colletti) in Northern Territory of Australia. 2.) One of the more problematic issues of biological invasions involves invasion by a toxic prey into a naive predator fauna. During the last 7 years I have therefore monitored the effects of the invasion of the highly toxic exotic cane toad (Bufo marinus) on native squamate predator populations in the Northern Territory of Australia. 3.) My research on an isolated population of adders (Vipera berus) has unambiguously demonstrated the importance of the genetic diversity in maintaining viable wild populations. 4.) My long-term field study of water pythons (Liasis fuscus), has demonstrated the profound impact of parasite infections on python life-history traits such as growth, nutritional status, reproductive success, survival, adaptive immune response/function, and the importance of the majorhistocompatibility complex in combating such infections.

Csaba Moskát, D.Sc.

Presently I am interested in ecological, behavioural and evolutionary adaptations in avian brood parasitism. I have been conducting my main project on the common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) and its great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) hosts in central Hungary since 1998. Previously I worked on bird-habitat relationships, bird census methodology, environmental monitoring, multivariate statistics and simulation modelling. More...

Kirill Márk Orci, Ph.D.

Research interests:
- taxonomy and acoustic communication of Orthoptera (descriptive and comparative oscillographic analysis of acoustic signals; female preferences for male song characters and male song character distributions)
- community ecology of Orthopteran insects (effects of agriculture and grassland management on the composition and structure of Orthoptera assemblages; morphology and ecological patterns in Orthoptera assemblages).

Noémi Örvössy, MSc.

My research topic covers population ecology and habitat use of butterflies. I focus on the population structure of protected species, like the false ringlet (Coenonympha oedippus), large blue (Maculinea) species and the southern festoon (Zerynthia polyxena). The main question I am interested in is the role of habitat quality, management and landscape structure on population size and structure. Examination of habitat quality generally includes the query for requirements of all life stages, from eggs to imagoes. For suitable conservational or agricultural management it is important to know the habitat requirements too and surveys on the direct effects of mowing or grazing are also necessary. As European butterfly species are adapted to traditional landscapes, which are under current and considerable changes, the role of landscape structure is not negligible.

László Papp, D.Sc., ordinary member of HAS

Research interest: taxonomy and morphology (incl. larvae) of Diptera (Sphaeroceridae, Lauxaniidae, Heleomyzidae, Carnidae etc.), biology/ecology and control of pestiferous flies, particularly those of veterinary importance (filth flies, etc.), insect ecology (taxon-abundance relations in insect communities), methods of study and protection of rare insect species. More...

Csilla Ricsóy, secretary

As a secretary of the Research Group I manage all the administrative issues and help the well-functioning of the group.

Lajos Rózsa, D.Sc.

I study different aspects of the biology of pathogens. I am most interested in (i) the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions (bird-lice interactions in particular), (ii) the history of biological warfare, and (iii) pathogens' impact on human evolution. More...

Sándor Zsebők, M.Sc.

My main areas of interest are: (i) applying machine learning methods in bioacoustics, (ii) acoustic identification and automatic activity monitoring of European shrews, (iii) bat echolocation studies and (iv) analyses of complex bird songs. More...