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ORCID number: 0000-0002-2300-6558
ResearcherID J-1538-2012
Google Scholar Ke2C-WwAAAAJ

Work experience



cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, University of the Azores, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Portugal

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Main activities:

–                 Research on macroecological patterns on island arthropod networks

–             Interspecific interaction networks of mosses

–             Island effects on moss and arthropod functional diversity and interaction networks



Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Main activities:

–                 Carrying out original research on ecological networks and ecosystem services in tea plantations

–             Interspecific interaction networks of Carabidae, aphids and fungi

–             Contributing to the ‘111 Ecosystem services’ Project

–             Assisting the publication of previously completed projects

–             Supervising students (Ph.D. and M.Sc.)

01/09/2015–01/09/2016 Fundacion Para La Tierra, Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, San Pedro, Paraguay

Scientific Director, Intern Coordinator, Field Ecologist

Main activities

–          Designing long-term ecological monitoring systems for various taxa in a tropical setting

–          Coordinating ecological research at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, with a strong focus on potential publications in high impact journals

–          Designing, setting up and maintaining a scientific database

–          Coordinating intern projects, give scientific advice on methods and potential projects, with a strong focus on the potential publications

–          Conducting a stratified leaf beetle (Coleoptea: Chrysomelidae s. lat) inventory at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca

10/04/2006–31/10/2014 The James Hutton Institute, (Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)


Main activities:
–        Carrying out standardized ground beetle surveys within the UK Environmental Change Network framework, collecting (pitfall traps) and identifying carabids to species level

–        Collecting insects using a D-vac and sweep net and identification.

–        Designing and maintaining databases, data input, statistical analysis
–        Publishing results on conferences, meeting and in scientific journals
–        Supervising volunteers, students and assistants, knowledge transfer
01/02/2010–01/08/2016 Aberdeen University (Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, part-time)

Ph.D. on ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) ecology

01/09/1996–31/08/2002 University of Debrecen (Debrecen, Hungary, full-time)

Biologist – Ecologist specialization (M.Sc. equivalent)


Key Skills

–        High level statistical skills, especially in multivariate methods, network analysis and Bayesian statistics, in R environment.

–        GIS skills, including implementing GIS applications to web interfaces

–        Deep knowledge of insect taxonomy and ecology.

–        Expert knowledge in climate change, ecological networks, and conservation issues

–        Experience in designing field experiments, choosing sampling methods

–        Experienced in scientific writing, grant writing and scientific presentations.

–        Experienced field worker, including organizing field trips, setting up field experiments and collecting data.

–        Experienced in working internationally, have a wide professional network and able to communicate with ease.


Other skills


–        Hungarian (native speaker), English (fluent written and oral), German (middle level), Spanish (middle level), Portuguese (basic), Russian (basic reading), Chinese (basic)

IT knowledge:

–        Professional level user of Windows OS, MS Office, Internet

–        Advanced skills in designing and maintaining databases (MS Access, MySQL, PostrgreSQL, SQLite)

–        Advanced skills in web design

–        Basic knowledge on image analysis (ImageJ)

–        Advanced knowledge of GIS (Quantum GIS, ArcView, ArcGIS)

–        Advanced level programming in R, Python, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML

–        Basic level programming in Visual Basic, and Julia languages


Membership, volunteering

1990-2000 The Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

(MME–Bird Life Hungary)

1997- Hungarian Entomological Society
2008- British Ecological Society
2010- Royal Entomological Society

Research Interests

–        Ecological networks and their use in conservation and sustainable agriculture

–        The use of artificial intelligence in biodiversity monitoring and interaction network detection

–        Climate change, phenological changes

–        Biodiversity mapping and monitoring

–        Ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) ecology

–        Citizen science

–        The taxonomy and ecology of leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)


Supervised students

–        M.Sc. (China): Modelling of the 3D flight trajectory of the small white butterfly (Pieris rapae) based on video recordings – graduated

–        Ph.D. (China): Effects of habitats on the diversity of arthropod communities in cruciferous fields – graduated

–        Ph.D. (Hungary): Anthropogenic effects on the behaviour of bumblebees based on AI movement pattern detection – ongoing


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