The basic task of the group is to study the taxonomy, population dynamics, feeding ecology, reproduction as well as community ecology of aquatic invertebrates. The studied objects are planktonic and benthic invertebrates, as well as aquatic and semi-aquatic insects. The profile of the research group includes the monitoring and impact assessment of the non-native invasive species, the assessment of the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on invertebrate communities, as well as chironomid-based paleolimnological research.
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.
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.
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 ...
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. . . .
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.
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