László Erdős, PhD

research fellow

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Main profile in keywords:
forest-steppe, spatial heterogeneity, diversity patterns, nature conservation

1) Spatial heterogeneity of forest-steppes
My aim is to describe the patterns of environmental factors and vegetation in forest-steppes, with particular emphasis on diversity indices. I want to find out what the contribution of individual habitats to the overall diversities and conservation value of the whole mosaic landscape is.

2) Ecological edges and boundaries
I am investigating selected environmental parameters and vegetation characteristics of forest edges to reveal what their structural and functional role is.

3) Vegetation gradients
I study how vegetation is changing through a series of neighbouring communities. In particular, I am interested in the use of the multivariate technique called ‘moving split window analysis.’

4) Floristical and phytocoenological researches in the Villány Mts
I analyse the distribution and characteristics of plant associations in the Villány Mts, a small mountain region in southern Hungary. Also, I study the distribution of protected and rare plants in this region.

5) Naturalness indicators
I study how relative naturaness indicators can be used to assess the naturalness/degradation of plant communities, and how these indicators are related to similar systems such as the relative ecological indicators of Ellenberg and the hemeroby indicators of Jalas.

Selected publications

Erdős László; Török Péter; W. Veldman Joseph; Bátori Zoltán; Bede-Fazekas Ákos; Magnes Martin; Kröel-Dulay György; Tölgyesi Csaba. How climate, topography, soils, herbivores, and fire control forest-grassland coexistence in the Eurasian forest-steppe biome. BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, 09 August 2022, Early View

Erdős, László; Bede-Fazekas, Ákos; Bátori, Zoltán; Berg, Christian; Kröel-Dulay, György; Magnes, Martin; Sengl, Philipp; Tölgyesi, Csaba; Török, Péter; Zinnen, Jack. Species-based indicators to assess habitat degradation: Comparing the conceptual, methodological, and ecological relationships between hemeroby and naturalness values ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS. 136: -

Erdős, László; Krstonošić, Daniel; Kiss, Péter János; Bátori, Zoltán; Tölgyesi, Csaba; Škvorc, Željko. Plant composition and diversity at edges in a semi-natural forest–grassland mosaic PLANT ECOLOGY. 220: 279-292

Erdős, L; Ambarlı, D; Anenkhonov, O; Bátori, Z; Cserhalmi, D; Kiss, M; Kröel-Dulay, Gy; Liu, H; Magnes, M; Molnar, Zs; Naqinezhad, A; Semenishchenkov, Y; Tölgyesi, Cs; Török, P. The edge of two worlds: A new review and synthesis on Eurasian forest-steppes APPLIED VEGETATION SCIENCE. 21: 345-362