Research groups

Biodiversity and Metacommunity Ecology Research Group

Head of the research group:

senior research fellow

Members of the research group:

Barbara Barta

assistant research fellow

Andrew Hamer, PhD

research fellow

Zsuzsanna Márton

assistant research fellow

Beáta Szabó, PhD

research fellow

Irene Tornero, PhD

guest researcher (external)

HUỲNH NGỌC Thu Hương

assistant research fellow

Virág Csiszár

assistant

Csilla Laskai

assistant

Main profile:

Habitat loss and fragmentation are among the major threats to biodiversity in the era of Anthropocene. By applying modern tools of metacommunity ecology, we aim to understand how habitat quality and the spatial configuration of habitat patches in a network jointly shape community composition and sustain biodiversity. At the local scale, we focus on the most relevant stressors, constraints imposed by the environment, and trophic relationships, together with their changes through climate change and other human influences. Our goal is to understand their interaction with spatial processes: connectivity through the dispersal of local biota and the spatial insurance provided by habitat networks. To this end, we combine empirical observations with experimental studies by using island-like habitats such as ponds (or in experiments, micro- and mesocosms), and their aquatic communities as models.