Melinda HALASSY, PhD

research associate professor
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
halassy.melinda [at]
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 123
Brief description of the main scopes: 

1) The application of filter-based assembly models in the restoration of sand grasslands
The aim of the study is to integrate and scale up the local knowledge gained on sand grassland restoration in Hungary within the framework of filter-based assembly models in order to help the elaboration of a future national restoration strategy and to test related ecological theory. We re-sample previous restoration experiments (expansion in time), and local results will be completed with landscape scale factors (invasion level and propagule availability) that might influence the outcome of restoration measures (expansion in space).

2) The role of invasive species in the restoration of Pannonic sand steppes
The aim of the study is to detect the impact of the presence, spread and transformation of invasive species on restoration interventions, and to demonstrate the impact of landscape-level invasion (invasion pressure) on the success of restoration.

3) Reconstruction of semi-natural vegetation at an industrial area (LEGO)
The long-term goal is to create a mosaic of open steppe oak woods and open and closed sand grasslands in the area of a factory yard. We tested different seed introduction techniques and forest installation methods.

Main profile in keywords: 
restoration ecology, dry grasslands, seed bank, plant traits
Selected publications:


Katalin Török, Anikó Csecserits, Imelda Somodi, Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Krisztián Halász, Tamás Rédei, Melinda Halassy (2018): Restoration prioritization for industrial area applying multiple potential natural vegetation modeling Restoration Ecology 26: 476-488.


Anikó Csecserits*, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, György Kröel-Dulay, Barbara Lhotsky, Gábor Ónodi, Tamás Rédei, Katalin Szitár, Melinda Halassy (2016): Tree plantations are hot-spots of plant invasion in a landscape with heterogeneous land-use Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 226 (2016) 88–98
Melinda Halassy, Anand Narain Singh, Rebeka Szabó, Tibor Szili-Kovács, Katalin Szitár and Katalin Török (2016): The application of a filter-based assembly model to develop best practices for Pannonian sand grassland restoration Journal of Applied Ecology


Török Katalin, K Szitár, M Halassy, R Szabó, T Szili-Kovács, N Baráth, M.W Paschke (2014): Long-term outcome of nitrogen immobilization to restore endemic sand grassland in Hungary Journal of Applied Ecology, 51: 756–765


Halassy Melinda, Campetella Giandiego, Canullo Roberto, Mucina Ladislav (2005): Patterns of functional clonal traits and clonal growth modes in contrasting grasslands in the central Apennines, Italy Journal of Vegetation Science 16: 29-36