Marianna BIRÓ, PhD

GINOP Sustainable Ecosystems Group
research fellow
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
biro.marianna [at]
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 157
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Historical landscape ecology, long-term vegetation changes, past habitat use, oral history, traditional ecological knowledge, perception of landscape changes, ecosystem services, Eurasian beaver, effects of grazing in wetlands, long-term changes of Natura 2000 habitats, village laws.
Methods: GIS, interview technics, analyzing historical maps and written historical sources.

Main profile in keywords: 
historical landscape ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, long-term changes of Natura 2000 habitats, effects of grazing in wetlands
Selected publications:


Biró, M., Molnár, Zs., Babai, D., Dénes, A., Fehér, A., Barta, S., Sáfián, L., Szabados, K., Kiš, A., Demeter, L., Öllerer, K. (2019): Reviewing historical traditional knowledge for innovative conservation management: A re-evaluation of wetland grazing. Science of The Total Environment. 666: 1114–1125.
Öllerer K., Varga A., Kirby K., Demeter L., Biró M., Bölöni J., Molnár Z (2019): Beyond the obvious impact of domestic livestock grazing on temperate forest vegetation – A global review Biological Conservation 237: 209–219


Biró, M., Bölöni, J. and Molnár, Zs. (2018): Use of long-term data to evaluate loss and endangerment status of Natura 2000 habitats and effects of protected areas. Conservation Biology. 32(3):660-671.
Guiomar , N. et al. (2018): Typology and distribution of small farms in Europe: towards a better picture. Land Use Policy. 75:784-798.


Babai D., Tóth A., Szentirmai I., Bíró M., Máté A., Demeter L., Szépligeti M., Varga A., Molnár Á., Kun R., Molnár Zs. (2015): Do conservation and agri-environmental regulations effectively support traditional small-scale farming in East-Cental European cultural landscapes? Biodiversity and Conservation 24: pp. 1-23. (2015)