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.
Wetland Ecology Research Group conduct systematic ecological surveys on wetlands. We are basically interested in the process of community assembly in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats. We do fundamental researches that aim to explore species distribution, autecological characteristics and species interactions. We give high importance to implement the results of fundamental studies into practice. Therefore, we address questions having relevance in restoration ecology and socio-economy (e.g. Water Framework Directive).
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
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.
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.