Research groups

We examine the biodiversity and assemblage organization of freshwater fish and macroinvertebrates. Our primary model system is Lake Balaton and its catchment, which is affected by a variety of human impacts. The primary focus is to explore the environmental drivers of population dynamics and assemblage organization.

The main objective of the group is to study ecological communities. We focus mostly on freshwater macroinvertebrates. We examine the effects of human impacts on freshwater biodiversity. We deal also with the methodology of community ecology. We are interested in approaches quantifying community-level phenomena

The research group has broad interests covering many aspects of community ecology, such as food web ecology, plankton ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, and global change ecology. Our core motivation is to perform proof-of-concept experiments in order to validate ecological theories and empirical observations.

The group studies the distribution, diversity, dynamics and ecophysiology of phytoplankton (nano-, micro- and picoplankton) in Lake Balaton and other lakes with particular emphasis on extreme habitats.

We aim to understand how habitat quality and the spatial configuration of habitat patches in a network jointly shape community composition and sustain biodiversity.

The primary task of the research group is to study the structure, biological functions and long-term changes of the aquatic ecosystems and their communities (zooplankton, macro-invertebrate, fish, amphibian, reptile, waterbird) especially regard to the Danube and Tisza River valley ecosystems.

Conducting research on planktonic and benthic algae, studying the effects of dynamic water regime, hydrological events, local and global disturbances and climate change.

We apply a variety of ecological methods to study species, habitats, landscapes and ecosystems of conservation importance.

Fundamental and applied research on aquatic macrophytes and biofilm developed on plant surfaces with special focus on:

The department surveys the biodiversity in the different habitats of the Tisza River, the eleventh longest river in Europe, and in the connected wetlands of its catchment area, investigates the tolerance thresholds of the biota under extremely variable environmental conditions, and explores the role of the tributaries, connected ox-bows, canals, and the hyporheal in the regeneration of the fauna and flora especially following pollution events and flood waves.

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