Szabolcs LENGYEL, PhD, DSc

GINOP Sustainable Ecosystems Group
DRI Department of Tisza Research
scientific advisor
lengyel.szabolcs [at] okologia.mta.hu
+36 (52) 509-200/11635
Brief description of the main scopes: 
  • Restoration ecology: impact of habitat restoration and management on plant and animal diversity.
  • Community ecology: organization of animal communities, formation and operation of landscape-scale patterns in biodiversity.
  • Systematic conservation planning: optimal conservation of European freshwater biodiversity.
  • Theory and practice of biodiversity monitoring, scale-dependence of conservation strategies.
  • Evolutionary ecology of plant-animal seed dispersal mutualisms.

Awards and scholarships

  • 2009-2012: János Bolyai Research Fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2002-2005: György Békésy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ministry of Education
  • 1998: Study fellowship, Ministry of Environment
  • 1997: Jay Dow, Sr. Scholarship, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1996-1997: Supplementary Grant for International Graduate Studies, Soros Foundation
  • 1995: Commemorative Medal of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Debrecen
  • 1995: National Scientific Conference for Undergraduate Students, second place
Main profile in keywords: 
biogeography, biodiversity patterns, grasslands, birds, alkali habitats, spatial ecology, systematic conservation planning
Selected publications: 

2018

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. More ››
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. More ››

2017

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. More ››

2016

Mérő TO, Žuljević A, Varga K, Lengyel Sz (2016): Wing size-related habitat selection by Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) males Auk: Ornithological Advances 133: 205-212 More ››
Mizsei E, Üveges B, Vági B, Szabolcs M, Lengyel Sz, Pfliegler WP, Nagy TZ, Tóth JP (2016): Species distribution modelling leads to the discovery of new populations of one of the least known European snakes, Vipera ursinii graeca, in Albania Amphibia-Reptilia 37: pp. 55-68. More ››

2015

Kövér L, Gyüre P, Balogh P, Huettmann F, Lengyel Sz, Juhász L (2015): Recent colonization and nest site selection of the Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix L.) in an urban environment Landscape and Urban Planning 133: pp. 78-86. More ››
Mérő TO, Bocz R, Polyák L, Horváth Gy, Lengyel Sz (2015): Local habitat management and landscape-scale restoration influence small mammal communities in grasslands Animal Conservation 18: pp. 442-450. More ››
Mérő TO, Lontay L, Lengyel Sz (2015): Habitat management varying in space and time: the effects of grazing and fire management on marshland birds Journal of Ornithology 156: pp. 579-590. More ››
Mester B, Szalai M, Mérő TO, Puky M, Lengyel Sz (2015): Spatiotemporally variable management by grazing and burning increases marsh diversity and benefits amphibians: A field experiment Biological Conservation 192: pp. 237-246. More ››

2014

Markovic D, Carrizo S, Freyhof J, Cid N, Lengyel Sz, Scholz M, Kasperidus H, Darwall W (2014): Europe’s freshwater biodiversity under climate change: distribution shifts and conservation needs Diversity and Distributions 20: pp. 1097-1107. More ››

2013

Rácz I A, Déri E, Kisfali M, Batiz Z, Varga K, Szabó Gy, Lengyel Sz. (2013): Early changes of orthopteran assemblages after grassland restoration: a comparison of space-for-time substitution versus repeated measures monitoring. Biodiversity and Conservation (in press). More ››

2012

Bálint M, Málnás K, Nowak C, Geismar J, Váncsa É, Polyák L, Lengyel Sz, Haase P. (2012): Species history masks the effects of human-induced range loss - unexpected genetic diversity in the endangered giant mayfly Palingenia longicauda. Plos One 7: e31872. More ››
Lengyel Sz, Varga K, Kosztyi B, Lontay L, Déri E, Török P, Tóthmérész B. (2012): Grassland restoration to conserve landscape-level biodiversity: a synthesis of early results from a large-scale project. Applied Vegetation Science 15: pp. 264-276. More ››

2011

Déri E, Magura T, Horváth R, Kisfali M, Ruff G, Lengyel Sz, Tóthmérész B. (2011): Measuring the short-term success of grassland restoration: the use of habitat affinity indices in ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 19: pp. 520-528. More ››
Málnás K, Polyák L, Prill É, Hegedüs R, Kriska Gy, Dévai Gy, Horváth G, Lengyel Sz. (2011): Bridges as optical barriers and population disruptors for the mayfly Palingenia longicauda: an overlooked threat to freshwater biodiversity? Journal of Insect Conservation 15: pp. 823-832. More ››

2010

Lengyel Sz, Gove A D, Latimer A M, Majer J D, Dunn R R. (2010): Convergent evolution of seed dispersal by ants, and phylogeny and biogeography in flowering plants: a global survey. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12: pp. 43-55. More ››

2009

Lengyel Sz, Gove A D, Latimer A M, Majer J D, Dunn R R. (2009): Ants sow the seeds of global diversification in flowering plants. Plos One 4(5): e5480. More ››
Lengyel Sz, Kiss B,Tracy C R. (2009): Clutch size determination in shorebirds: revisiting incubation limitation in the pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta). Journal of Animal Ecology 78: pp. 396-405. More ››

2008

Lengyel Sz, Déri E, Varga Z, Horváth R, Tóthmérész B, Henry P Y, Kobler A, Kutnar L, Babij V, Seliškar A, Christia C, Papastergiadou E, Gruber B, Henle K. (2008): Habitat monitoring in Europe: a description of current practices. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: pp. 3327-3339. More ››

2006

Lengyel Sz. (2006): Spatial differences in breeding success in the Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta): effects of habitat on hatching success and chick survival. Journal of Avian Biology 37: pp. 381-395. More ››