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

Kinga Öllerer, PhD

tudományos munkatárs

Viktor Ulicsni, PhD

assistant research fellow

Erika Mária Juhász

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.

Books written or edited by the TEK working group
– Bölöni János, Molnár Zsolt, Kun András (szerk.) (2011): Habitats of Hungary. Magyarország élőhelyei. (link is external)MTA ÖBKI, pp. 441. ISBN 978-963-8391-51
– Molnár Zsolt (2012): Traditional ecological knowledge of herders on the flora and vegetation of the Hortobágy. (link is external)Hortobágy Természetvédelmi Közalapítvány, Debrecen. pp. 160. ISBN 978-963-08-3301-1
– Babai Dániel, Molnár Ábel, Molnár Zsolt (2014) : Traditional ecological knowledge and land use in Gyimes (Eastern Carpathians)(link is external) MTA BKNI és MTA ÖK ÖBI. Budapest – Vácrátót. pp. 173. ISBN 978-963-9627-75-8
– Molnár Zs, Csízi I (2015): Természetkímélő gazdálkodás szikeseken. (link is external) Magyarországi Természetvédelmi Közalapítvány Hálózat, Csákvár – MTA ÖK ÖBI, Vácrátót. pp. 91. ISBN 978-615-80093-1-7
– Molnár Krisztina, Molnár Zsolt (szerk.) (2015) : Etnoökológiai kutatótábor Kalotaszegen. Sztánai Füzetek 19. (link is external) Művelődés Egyesület – Szentimrei Alapítvány, Kolozsvár – Sztána, pp. 227. ISBN 978973-7993823

Guideline to data collection of traditional ecological knowledge:
– Babai D., Molnár Zs., Molnár K., Demeter L. és Biró M. (2016): Módszertani segédanyag az ökológiai emlékezet kutatásához: az interjúzástól a közös tudásalkotásig.

Films and media by the TEK working group
An Afternoon on the Pasture with the Shepherd László Sáfián (knowledge of grass, sheep, bells, dogs) – a film by Zsolt Molnár (ethnoecologist, ELKH Center for Ecological Research, Hungary) and Sándor Karácsony (cameraman and filmmaker).(link is external)
The Case For Conservation Podcast, How can indigenous & local knowledge complement biodiversity science? (Zsolt Molnár)(link is external)
Forest grazing – local and traditional knowledge (Varga Anna és mtsai; EURAF)(link is external)
What does an ecosystem engineer do? ( Erika Juhász; NatGEO.hu)(link is external)
Beavers and locals – local perception of beaver’s impact on ecosystem services (Viktor Ulicsni, Erika Juhász; Mammalogy.hu)(link is external)
Research on Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) in Hungary (Erika Juhász & Dávid Czabán; Mammalogy.hu)(link is external)
Local and traditional knowledge about the practice of forest grazing (Varga Anna; Fatáj)(link is external)
Effects of grazing in wetlands and forests (Kinga Öllerer & Marianna Biró; Varázslatos Magyarország)(link is external)
Spectacular beaver videos from the Tápió region (Report with Erika Juhász; NatGEO.hu)(link is external)
Short documentary about the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (IKL) of Hungarian Herders (documentary; Dávid Pelé Sütő)(link is external)
Traditional cattle herding, an afternoon on the pasture with János Mátécattle herder (documentary; Dávid Pelé Sütő)(link is external)
“A lifetime is not enough to learn it” – How herders learn their herding skills and knowledge (documentary; Anna Varga)(link is external)
Grazing in wetlands and forests (Report with Kinga Öllerer; OzoneTV)(link is external)