IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
lellei-kovacs.eszter [at]
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 151
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Research topics:

Investigation of carbon cycling, primarily soil and ecosystem respiration and their responses to climate change simulation experiments in sandy forest-steppe vegetation.
Elaboration and intercomparison of measuring methods of soil and ecosystem carbon efflux.
Geoinformatic analyses, land use and habitat mapping.
Application, validation and calibration of biogeophysical models (CoupModel, Biome-BGC MuSo) for different ecosystems under different land uses.
Geoinformatic developments and model building for elaboration of ecosystem service indicators and working-out methodology of their analyses.
Spatial analyses of cultural ecosystem services, mainly by the methods of photoseries analyses.

Main profile in keywords: 
soil respiration, ecosystem respiration, climate change, modelling and mapping of carbon cycling, geoinformatic methods, ecosystem services
Selected publications:


Reinsch S., Koller E., Sowerby A., de Dato G., Estiarte M., Guidolotti G., Kovács-Láng E., Kröel-Dulay Gy., Lellei-Kovács E., Larsen K.S., Liberati D., Peñuelas J., Ransijn J., Robinson D.A., Schmidt I.K., Smith A.R., Tietema A., Dukes J.S., Beier C., Emmett B.A. (2017): Shrubland primary production and soil respiration diverge along European climate gradient. Scientific Reports 7, 43952.


Lellei-Kovács Eszter, Botta-Dukát Zoltán, de Dato Giovanbattista, Estiarte Marc, Guidolotti Gabriele, Kopittke Gillian R, Kovács-Láng Edit, Kröel-Dulay György, Larsen Klaus Steenberg, Peñuelas Josep, Smith Andrew R, Sowerby Alwyn, Tietema Albert, Schmidt Inger Kappel (2016): Temperature Dependence of Soil Respiration Modulated by Thresholds in Soil Water Availability Across European Shrubland Ecosystems ECOSYSTEMS 19:(8) pp. 1460-1477. (2016)
Marc Estiarte, Sara Vicca, Josep Peñuelas, Michael Bahn, Claus Beier, Bridget A. Emmett, Philip A. Fay, Paul J . Hanson, Roland Hasibeder, Jaime Kigel, György Kröel-Dulay, Klaus Steenberg Larsen, Eszter Lellei-Kovács, Jean-Marc Limousin, Romà Ogaya, Jean-Marc Ourcival, Sabine Reinsch, Osvaldo E . Sala, Inger Kappel Schmidt, Marcelo Sternberg, Katja Tielbörger, Albert Tietema, Ivan A. Janssens (2016): Few multiyear precipitation–reduction experiments find a shift in the productivity–precipitation relationship. Global Change Biology 22: pp. 2570–2581.


Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Botta-Dukát Z, Kalapos T, Emmett B, Beier C (2011): Thresholds and interactive effects of soil moisture on the temperature response of soil respiration. European Journal of Soil Biology 47:247-255.


Lellei-Kovács E, Kovács-Láng E, Kalapos T, Botta-Dukát Z, Barabás S, Beier C (2008): Experimental warming does not enhance soil respiration in a semiarid temperate forest-steppe ecosystem. Community Ecology 9:29-37.