One of the main topics of the research group is survey structure and quantification of fish population in shallow water bodies of different trophy using hydroacoustics. The aim of the bioacoustic reearch is to establish ecological rehabilitation of eutrophic waters. As a first step toward ecological restoration, the research group applies the hydroacoustics as a new technique first time in Hungary aiming at measuring the population dynamics, the structure of fish communities, size frequeny distribution, stock abundance and biomass.
1. Diversity and composition of ecological communities
The main objective of the group is to study ecological communities. We focus mostly on freshwater macroinvertebrates. We apply wide variety of approaches (observational and experimental studies, meta-analyses and modelling) and focus on the causes and consequences of patterns in diversity and composition.
The core of the research program of the of Chemical ecology and Neurobiology Research Team is the analysis in invertebrates, mainly in mollusks, of chemosensory processes, interactions as well as the processing of chemical stimuli originating from the surrounding. All these aim to reveal the chemical ecological aspects of animal-plant and plant-animal interactions.
The group studies the distribution, diversity, dynamics and ecophysiology of phytoplankton in Lake Balaton and other lakes with particular emphasis on extreme habitats. Besides nano- and microplankton, the picoplankton constitute the focus of the research, which are studied with traditional methods as well as fluorescence and molecular biological tools. . . .
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, with particular attention to the climate change, land use, water use, river basin management, agriculture and other human activities such as polar light pollution effects, as well as provide scientific base for the restoration of rivers and related aquatic and wetland habitats, communities
The present work of the research group is organized into six subprojects:
1. Evolutionary ecology
2. Darwinian medicine
3. Major evolutionary transitions
4. Communication and cooperation
5. Evolutionary economics
6. Astrobiology / The origin of life
Development and management of IT applications, databases and web tools for ecology, botany and nature conservation. Contribution to developemtn of Biome-BGC ecosystem modeling and perform simulation runs. Modeling energy flow, carbon and nitrogen cycling of forest ecosystems.
Long term monitoring of strict forest reserves focused on stand structure, shrub and understorey layers. See: Homepage of Forest Reserve Programme.