DRI Conservation Ecology Research Group

Leader of the research group: 
Profile of the group: 

• impact of habitat restoration and conservation management on arthropod and vertebrate animal community organization and structure in lowland open wetlands and grasslands
• the role of habitat diversity in community organization and ecosystem restoration, study of landscape-level patterns in biodiversity, detection and disarming of ecological traps
• theory and practice of biodiversity monitoring, scale-dependence of conservation strategies, spatial conservation prioritization at European (EU) and regional (Balkan peninsula) levels and on the Tisza river catchment
• geographic distribution, life history, habitat choice, reproductive success and population biological parameters of animal species of conservation importance, model species: Long-tailed Mayfly (Palingenia longicauda), Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina bombina), Greek Meadow Viper (Vipera graeca), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

Selected publications:


Mizsei E, Boros Z, Lovas-Kiss Á, Szepesváry Cs, Szabolcs M, Rák G, Ujszegi J, Gál Z, Lengyel Sz, Puskás G (2019): A trait-based framework for understanding predator-prey relationships: trait matching between a specialist snake and its insect prey Functional Ecology 33: 2354-2368.


Lengyel Sz, Kosztyi B, Schmeller DS, Henry P-Y, Kotarac M, Lin Y-P, Henle K (2018): Evaluating and benchmarking biodiversity monitoring: Metadata-based indicators for sampling design, sampling effort and data analysis Ecological Indicators 85: pp. 624-633.
Mérő TO, Žuljević A, Varga K, Lengyel Sz (2018): Reed management influences philopatry to reed habitats in the Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) Condor - Ornithological Applications 120: pp. 94-105.


Carrizo SF, Lengyel Sz, Kapusi F, Szabolcs M, Kasperidus HD, Scholz M, Markovic D, Freyhof J, Cid N, Cardoso AC, Darwall W (2017): Critical catchments for freshwater biodiversity conservation in Europe: identification, prioritisation and gap-analysis (Editor’s Choice) Journal of Applied Ecology 54: pp. 1209-1218.