Valkó, Orsolya, DSc

Head of Scientific Secretariat
Scientific Advisor


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Homepage of the research group

Tudományos blog (magyar)

Research blog (English)

Main profile in keywords:
seed bank, seed dispersal, restoration, habitat management, grassland ecology, fire, invasion

She graduated as biologist in 2008, and defended her PhD in 2012 at the University of Debrecen. She is a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2020. Orsolya Valkó is a scientific advisor at the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany and she is the leader of the ‘Lendület’ Seed Ecology Research Group. Her main research interests are related to the conservation and restoration of grassland biodiversity. She employs a seed ecological approach to understand the community assembly processes that can support restoration projects. She was the chief of the working group at the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) report on ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ and ‘Changing Wildfires’. She is editor at several international journals including Biological Conservation, Applied Vegetation Sciences and Community Ecology.

Selected publications

Valkó, Orsolya; Rádai, Zoltán; Deák, Balázs. Hay transfer is a nature-based and sustainable solution for restoring grassland biodiversity JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. 311: Paper 114816-

Deák, Balázs; Bede, Ádám; Rádai, Zoltán; Tóthmérész, Béla; Török, Péter; Nagy D., Dávid; Torma, Attila; Lőrinczi, Gábor; Nagy, Antal; Mizser, Szabolcs; Kelemen, András; Valkó, Orsolya. Different extinction debts among plants and arthropods after loss of grassland amount and connectivity BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION. 264: -

Deák, Balázs; Kovács, Bence; Rádai, Zoltán; Apostolova, Iva; Kelemen, András; Kiss, Réka; Lukács, Katalin; Palpurina, Salza; Sopotlieva, Desislava; Báthori, Ferenc; Valkó, Orsolya. Linking environmental heterogeneity and plant diversity: The ecological role of small natural features in homogeneous landscapes SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. 763: -

Kiss, Réka; Deák, Balázs; Tóthmérész, Béla; Miglécz, Tamás; Tóth, Katalin; Török, Péter; Lukács, Katalin; Godó, Laura; Körmöczi, Zsófia; Radócz, Szilvia;Kelemen, András; Sonkoly, Judit; Kirmer, Anita; Tischew, Sabine; Švamberková, Eva; Valkó, Orsolya. Establishment gaps in species‐poor grasslands: artificial biodiversity hotspots to support the colonization of target species RESTORATION ECOLOGY. 29: -

Selected projects