The primary task of the research group is to study the structure, biological functions and long-term changes of the aquatic ecosystems and their communities (zooplankton, macro-invertebrate, fish, amphibian, reptile, waterbird) especially regard to the Danube and Tisza River valley ecosystems, with particular attention to the climate change, land use, water use, river basin management, agriculture and other human activities such as polar light pollution effects, as well as provide scientific base for the restoration of rivers and related aquatic and wetland habitats, communities
The department surveys the biodiversity in the different habitats of the Tisza River, the eleventh longest river in Europe, and in the connected wetlands of its catchment area, investigates the tolerance thresholds of the biota under extremely variable environmental conditions, and explores the role of the tributaries, connected ox-bows, canals, and the hyporheal in the regeneration of the fauna and flora especially following pollution events and flood waves.
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
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.