Group selection can explain the origin of simple multicellularity
Group selection can explain the origin of simple multicellularity

There is a lot of debate about how and why simple multicellularity emerged many times independently and what factors contributed to its prevalence. There are many theories why it was advantageous to be multicellular. Factors with

2024. 06. 06.

Better understanding the endozoochorous dispersal of alien and invasive fishes and plants
Better understanding the endozoochorous dispersal of alien and invasive fishes and plants

Dispersal is a crucial process in community ecology, through which individuals of a species can move into new and often different habitats. Species spread can happen actively, with individuals moving on their own, or passively, aided

2024. 05. 14.

Diverse native wildflower plantings for pollinators in farmlands
Diverse native wildflower plantings for pollinators in farmlands

Pollinators are declining rapidly, largely due to land conversion and intensification of agriculture. To mitigate their crisis, low-disturbance habitats, such as sown wildflower plantings (commonly known forms are wildflower strips at the edges of arable fields),

2024. 04. 19.

Researchers show that increase in water salinity can drive evolution in planktonic organisms
Researchers show that increase in water salinity can drive evolution in planktonic organisms

Researchers at the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research (HUN-REN CER) are continuously studying the effects of changing environment on ecosystems, caused by human activity and climate change, and how animals respond to it. They recently showed

2024. 04. 17.

Numerical models for a better understanding of long-term effects on lake ecosystems
Numerical models for a better understanding of long-term effects on lake ecosystems

Nowadays we hear a lot about climate change impacts in general, however, we still lack in-depth knowledge about how climate change might modify the processes determining the ecological status of lakes and the structure and functioning

2024. 04. 04.

2024. 06. 06.

Group selection can explain the origin of simple multicellularity

There is a lot of debate about how and why simple multicellularity emerged many times independently and what factors contributed to its prevalence. There are many theories why it was advantageous to be multicellular. Factors with […]

2024. 05. 14.

Better understanding the endozoochorous dispersal of alien and invasive fishes and plants

Dispersal is a crucial process in community ecology, through which individuals of a species can move into new and often different habitats. Species spread can happen actively, with individuals moving on their own, or passively, aided […]

2024. 04. 19.

Diverse native wildflower plantings for pollinators in farmlands

Pollinators are declining rapidly, largely due to land conversion and intensification of agriculture. To mitigate their crisis, low-disturbance habitats, such as sown wildflower plantings (commonly known forms are wildflower strips at the edges of arable fields), […]

2024. 04. 17.

Researchers show that increase in water salinity can drive evolution in planktonic organisms

Researchers at the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research (HUN-REN CER) are continuously studying the effects of changing environment on ecosystems, caused by human activity and climate change, and how animals respond to it. They recently showed […]

2024. 04. 04.

Numerical models for a better understanding of long-term effects on lake ecosystems

Nowadays we hear a lot about climate change impacts in general, however, we still lack in-depth knowledge about how climate change might modify the processes determining the ecological status of lakes and the structure and functioning […]

2024. 03. 28.

Interview with Corrado Alessandrini about apple orchards in Trentino, white-winged snowfinch and the National Botanical Garden of Vácrátót.

Corrado Alessandrini is an Italian PhD student visiting HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research, and lives inside the National Botanical Garden in Vácrátót. He studies the agro-ecology of apple orchards in Trentino, and Europe’s most alpine birds, […]

2024. 02. 07.

Internationally recognised visiting researcher arrives this year at the Institute of Evolution of the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research

In the framework of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) Distinguished Guest Scientists Fellowship Programme, ten internationally renowned visiting professors will arrive at the research centres and supported research groups of the HUN-REN Hungarian Research Network […]

2024. 02. 05.

National mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in Hungary

The nature surrounding us, the living world, and the ecosystem provide us with the means to produce food. They play an essential role in regulating the climate by absorbing carbon dioxide, storing carbon, or protecting the […]

2024. 01. 24.

Boross Gábor joins HUN-REN CER to establish a new cancer evalution research group within HUN-REN’s excellence programme

Gábor Boross, an evolutionary and systems biologist, returns to Hungary as part of the HUN-REN Welcome Home and Foreign Researcher Recruitment Programme, following his postdoctoral research on lung cancer evolution in mice at Stanford University in […]

2024. 01. 23.

Workshop on how the Convention on Biological Diversity works in practice

The diversity of life on our planet is declining at an unprecedented rate, as confirmed by a series of international scientific studies, evaluations and assessments. Recognising this process and mitigating the damage is the subject of […]

2023. 12. 21.

A bombcrater pond network demonstrates the importance of connectivity for aquatic biodiversity

Habitat fragmentation poses a growing global threat to our natural ecosystems, making it one of the greatest challenges in biodiversity conservation. Among the most vulnerable of these ecosystems are ponds, due to their small sizes and […]

2023. 12. 20.

Project RestPoll: Restoring Pollinator habitats in Europe

RestPoll is a new project which aims to permanently restore and connect pollinator habitats in Europe. The project began in October 2023 and will run for 4 years. The project is led by the Chair of […]

2023. 12. 05.

A global running race – climate change and species range shifts

One of the effects of climate change is shifting the habitats of species. For example, warming is pushing upward the forest boundary in high mountains. The question is whether the species’ speed of spreading is fast […]

2023. 11. 27.

Urban waterfowl are important seed dispersers for native and alien plants

Our park ponds typically hold good numbers of mallards, and urban grassy areas often hold concentrations of geese. In the UK, Canada Geese are an abundant and widespread alien species, well known for fouling parks with […]

2023. 11. 15.

Meta-analysis identifies native priority as a mechanism that supports the restoration of invasion-resistant plant communities

Biological invasion is considered to be one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss with potential negative socio-economic impacts. Invasive alien plant species are well adapted to rapid establishment and exploitation of the resources of disturbed […]

2023. 11. 14.

Nature restoration

Council and Parliament reach agreement on new rules to restore and preserve degraded habitats in the EU Today, the Council presidency and European Parliament representatives reached a provisional political agreement on a regulation on nature restoration. […]

2023. 11. 13.

Senescence can accelerate evolution

Using a computer model, evolutionary biologists at the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research — including András Szilágyi, Tamás Czárán, and Mauro Santos, under the leadership of Eörs Szathmáry, a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences […]

2023. 11. 09.

SEEN Hungary 2024 – Citizen Science Conference and Workshop

The Centre for Ecological Research is organising a Citizen Science Conference and Workshop on 18-19 January 2024. The main purpose of the SEEN (Social Engagement in Ecology Network) conference is to create a genuine connection between […]

Career

2022. 12. 02.

Evolutionary ecology of invasive mosquitoes

We are looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher for 24 months to work on a nationally funded (NRDI) project on the ecological causes and consequences of the spread of invasive mosquitoes in Hungary. BACKGROUND: Climate change […]