Research groups

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research Group

Head of the research group:

Scientific Advisor

Members of the research group:

Sándor Bartha

scientific advisor

Marianna Biró, PhD

research fellow

László Demeter

assistant research fellow

Erika Mária Juhász

assistant research fellow

Kinga Öllerer, PhD

research fellow

Viktor Ulicsni, PhD

assistant research fellow

Main profile:

The main goal of our research group is to conduct and facilitate research on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) among Hungarians living in the Carpathian basin and in Serbia, Mongolia, and Iran. The main focus of the group is landscape ethnoecology, local landscape perception, and TEK related to habitats, vegetation and traditional land use. Researchers of the group use both botanical and ecological anthropological research methods. Besides scientific publications, we also emphasize the value of TEK in nature conservation management and motivate the use of multiple evidences in nature conservation. We are active members of the IPBES and CBD.

Selected publications

Molnár, Zsolt; Babai, Dániel.: Inviting ecologists to delve deeper into traditional ecological knowledge TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION. 36: 679-690
2021

Molnár, Zs.; Kelemen, A.; Kun, R.; Máté, J.; Sáfián, L.; Biró, M; Máté, A.; Vadász, Cs.: Knowledge co‐production with traditional herders on cattle grazing behaviour for better management of species‐rich grasslands JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY. 57: 1677-1687
2020

Öllerer, Kinga; Varga, Anna; Kirby, Keith; Demeter, László; Biró, Marianna; Bölöni, János; Molnár, Zsolt.: Beyond the obvious impact of domestic livestock grazing on temperate forest vegetation – A global review BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION. 237: 209-219
2019

Demeter, László; Molnár, Ábel Péter; Bede-Fazekas, Ákos; Öllerer, Kinga; Varga, Anna; Szabados, Klára; Tucakov, Marko; Kiš, Alen; Biró, Marianna; Marinkov, Jelena; Molnár, Zsolt.: Controlling invasive alien shrub species, enhancing biodiversity and mitigating flood risk: A win–win–win situation in grazed floodplain plantations JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. 295: -
2021

Demeter, László; Molnár, Ábel Péter; Öllerer, Kinga; Csóka, György; Kiš, Alen; Vadász, Csaba; Horváth, Ferenc; Molnár, Zsolt.: Rethinking the natural regeneration failure of pedunculate oak: The pathogen mildew hypothesis BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION. 253, Paper: 108928 (2021)
2021

Biró, Marianna; Bölöni, János; Molnár, Zsolt: Use of long-term data to evaluate loss and endangerment status of Natura 2000 habitats and effects of protected areas CONSERVATION BIOLOGY. 32(3):660-671.
2018

Biró, Marianna; Molnár, Zsolt; Öllerer, Kinga; Demeter, László; Bölöni, János.: Behind the general pattern of forest loss and gain: A long-term assessment of semi-natural and secondary forest cover change at country level LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING. 220: -
2022

Juhász, Erika; Katona, Krisztián; Molnár, Zsolt; Hahn, István; Biró, Marianna.: A reintroduced ecosystem engineer species may exacerbate ongoing biological invasion: selective foraging of the Eurasian beaver in floodplains GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. 24: -
2020

Ulicsni, Viktor; Babai, Dániel; Juhász, Erika; Molnár, Zsolt; Biró, Marianna.: Local knowledge about a newly reintroduced, rapidly spreading species (Eurasian beaver) and perception of its impact on ecosystem services PLOS ONE. 15(5): e0233506
2020

Gantuya, Batdelger; Biró, Marianna; Molnár, Ábel; Avar, Ákos; Sharifian Bahraman, Abolfazl; Babai, Dániel; Molnár, Zsolt.: How Mongolian herders perceive ecological change in a “stable” landscape ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 26(2):Paper 21
2021

Juhász, Erika; Bede-Fazekas, Ákos; Katona, Krisztián; Molnár, Zsolt; Biró, Marianna.: Foraging decisions with conservation consequences: Interaction between beavers and invasive tree species ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. 12: -
2022

Biró, Marianna; Molnár, Zsolt; Babai, Dániel; Dénes, Andrea; Fehér, Alexander; Barta, Sándor; Sáfián, László; Szabados, Klára; Kiš, Alen; Demeter, László; Öllerer, Kinga.: Reviewing historical traditional knowledge for innovative conservation management: A re-evaluation of wetland grazing SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. 666: 1114-1125
2019

Biró, M.; Molnár, Zs.; Öllerer, K.; Lengyel, A.; Ulicsni, V.; Szabados, K.; Kiš, A.; Perić, R.; Demeter, L.; Babai, D.: Conservation and herding co-benefit from traditional extensive wetland grazing AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT. 300: -
2020

Ujházy, Noémi; Molnár, Zsolt; Bede-Fazekas, Ákos; Szabó, Mária Ottilia; Biró, Marianna.: Do farmers and conservationists perceive landscape changes differently? ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. 25(3):Paper 12
2020