Research groups

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 Ecology Research Group investigates the biodiversity, species and functional composition, pattern, history, dynamics and function of forests. The research is mainly focused on the temperate deciduous forest zone of the Carpatian Basin including unmanaged and managed forest stands.

Taxonomic and chemotaxonomic biodiversity investigations and studies on the variability of production of biologically active compounds in native or potentially successful plants for cultivation have been carried out for decades. Phytochemical and 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 flowering plants, lichens and mycorrhiza-forming 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 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. ...

Development and management of IT applications, databases and web tools for ecology, botany and nature conservation. Contribution to developemtn of Biome-BGC ecosystem modeling and perform simulation runs. Modeling energy flow, carbon and nitrogen cycling of forest ecosystems.

Long term monitoring of strict forest reserves focused on stand structure, shrub and understorey layers. See: Homepage of Forest Reserve Programme.

The present work of the research group is organized into six subprojects:

1. Evolutionary ecology
2. Darwinian medicine
3. Major evolutionary transitions
4. Communication and cooperation
5. Evolutionary economics
6. Astrobiology / The origin of life