DRI Department of Restoration and Animal Ecology

Profile of the group: 

The primary scope of the department is the exploration of river ecosystems, mechanisms, biological funcions and long term dynamics of their animal communities (zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, fish), especially the impact of landscape management, water utilization, river regulation and other human activities inducing also polarized light pollution, as well as the establishment of the scientific basis for the restoration and conservation of river ecosystems.

Selected publications:


Egri Á, Blahó M, Kriska Gy, Farkas R, Gyurkovszky M, Åkesson S, Horváth G. (2012): Polarotactic tabanids find striped patterns with brightness and/or polarization modulation least attractive: An advantage of zebra stripes. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 736-745. + electronic supplement
Várbíró G, Borics G, Csányi B, Fehér G, Grigorszky I, Kiss K T, Tóth A, Ács É. (2012): Improvement of the ecological water qualification system of rivers based on first results of the Hungarian phytobenthos surveillance monitoring. Hydrobiologia 695: pp. 125-135.


Borza P, Csányi B, Paunovic M. (2010): Corophiids (Amphipoda: Corophioidea) of the River Danube - the Results of a Longitudinal Survey. Crustaceana 83(7): pp. 839-849.


Horváth G, Kriska Gy, Malik P, Robertson B. (2009): Polarized Light Pollution: A New Kind of Ecological Photopollution. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(6): pp. 317–325.


Horváth G, Malik P, Kriska Gy, Wildermuth H. (2007): Ecological traps for dragonflies in a cemetery: attraction of Sympetrum species (Odonata: Libellulidae) by horizontally polarizing black gravestones. Freshwater Biology 52: pp. 1700–1709.