Research groups

Forest Ecological Research Group

Head of the research group:

Scientific Advisor

Members of the research group:

Réka Aszalós, PhD

research fellow

János Bölöni, PhD

research fellow

Edit Farkas, DSc

Team Leader Scientific Advisor

Tamás Frank

institute engineer

Bence Kovács, PhD

research fellow

Csaba Németh, PhD

Flóra Tinya, PhD

research fellow

Katalin Veres, PhD

assistant research fellow

Nóra Varga

assistant research fellow

Main profile:

The Forest Ecological Research Group focuses on the investigation of species and functional composition, structure and dynamics of forests. The studies are mainly related to the deciduous forests of the Carpathian basin including managed and unmanaged stands. The investigations include stand structure, many organism groups (plants, animals, fungi), forest site (microclimate, soil conditions) and biological processes (decomposition, predation, regeneration, effect of large herbivores). The current research projects of the group are (1) the effect of forest management on forest site, biodiversity and regeneration; (2) evaluation of ecological effects of continuous forest cover management; (3) investigation of the effects of conservation management on biodiversity in oak forests; (4) the importance of dead wood in biodiversity (bryophytes and fungi); (5) the effect of stand structure on the biodiversity of different organism groups; (6) revealing the biological and chemical diversity of lichens and lichenicolous fungi, community ecological and taxonomical investigation of lichens, maintenance of Lichen herbarium VBI.

From 2020 the Laboratory for Lichenology merged into Forest Ecological Research Group.