Molnár, Zsolt, DSc

Team Leader
Scientific Advisor


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Main profile in keywords:
ethnoecology, traditional ecological knowledge related to vegetation and habitats - Actual vegetation mapping of Hungary (MÉTA) - Historical landscape ecology

– botanist, ethnoecologist
– member of the IPBES(link is external) Indigenous and Local Knowledge(link is external) Task Force
– Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES(link is external) Global Assessment
– Leader of the Research Group ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge'(link is external)

Main interests:
Traditional, indigenous and local ecological knowledge of herders and farmers in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Mongolia and Iran, knowledge co-production with herders and farmers to avoid or resolve conflicts with conservation; traditional land management, perception of landscape change and nature’s contributions to people by locals; conservation management, monitoring using local indicators, conservation and agri-environmental policy; land-use and vegetation history of the Hungarian Plain (1780-present); habitat classifications, actual habitat mapping, trend analysis of Natura 2000 habitats (1783-2013).

Selected publications

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

Díaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martín-López, B., Watson, R.T., Molnár, Z., Hill, R., Chan, K.M.A., Baste, I., Brauman, K.A., Polasky, S.S., Church, A., Lonsdale, M., van Oudenhoven, A.P.E., van der Plaat, F., Schröter, M., Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y., Bukyareva, E., Davies, K., Erpul, G., Failler, P., Guerra, C.A., Hewitt, C.L., Keune, H., Larigauderie, A., Lavorel, S., Leadley, P.W., Lindley, S., Demissew, S. and Y. Shirayama An inclusive approach to assess nature’s contributions to people SCIENCE, Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 270-272

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. (2020) pp. 1677-1687.

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. 295:113053

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):21.

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.

Diaz, Sandra; Settele, Josef; Brondizio, Eduardo S.; Ngo, Hien T.; Agard, John; Arneth, Almut; Balvanera, Patricia; Brauman, Kate A.; Butchart, Stuart H. M.; Chan, Kai M. A.; Garibaldi, Lucas A.; Ichii, Kazuhito; Liu, Jianguo; Subramanian, Suneetha M.; Midgley, Guy F.; Miloslavich, Patricia; Molnar, Zsolt; Obura, David; Pfaff, Alexander; Polasky, Stephen; Purvis, Andy; Razzaque, Jona; Reyers, Belinda; Chowdhury, Rinku Roy; Shin, Yunne-Jai; Visseren-Hamakers, Ingrid; Willis, Katherine J.; Zayas, Cynthia N. Pervasive human-driven decline of life on Earth points to the need for transformative change SCIENCE, 366:(6471), Paper: eaax3100 , 32 p. (2019)

McElwee, Pamela; Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Yildiz; Babai, Daniel; Bates, Peter; Galvin, Kathleen; Gueze, Maximilien; Liu, Jianguo; Molnar, Zsolt; Ngo, Hien T.; Reyes-Garcia, Victoria; Roy Chowdhury, Rinku; Samakov, Aibek; Shrestha, Uttam Babu; Diaz, Sandra; Brondizio, Eduardo S. Working with Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in large-scale ecological assessments: Reviewing the experience of the IPBES Global Assessment JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY. 57: 1666-1676

Fa, John E; Watson, James EM; Leiper, Ian; Potapov, Peter; Evans, Tom D; Burgess, Neil D; Molnár, Zsolt; Fernández‐Llamazares, Álvaro; Duncan, Tom; Wang, Stephanie; Austin, Beau J; Jonas, Harry; Robinson, Cathy J; Malmer, Pernilla; Zander, Kerstin K; Jackson, Micha V; Ellis, Erle; Brondizio, Eduardo S; Garnett, Stephen T. Importance of Indigenous Peoples’ lands for the conservation of Intact Forest Landscapes FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 18: 135-140

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)

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, 220:104334

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

O'Bryan, C.J.; Garnett, S.T.; Fa, J.E.; Leiper, I.; Rehbein, J.A.; Fernández-Llamazares, Á.; Jackson, M.V.; Jonas, H.D.; Brondizio, E.S.; Burgess, N.D.; Robinson, C.J.; Zander, K.K.; Molnár, Z.; Venter, O.; Watson, J.E.M. The importance of Indigenous Peoples’ lands for the conservation of terrestrial mammals CONSERVATION BIOLOGY. 35: 1002-1008

Gantuya, B.; Avar, Á.; Babai, D.; Molnár, Á.; Molnár, Z. “A herder’s duty is to think”: Landscape partitioning and folk habitats of Mongolian herders in a mountain forest steppe (Khuvsugul-Murun region) JOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY AND ETHNOMEDICINE. 15, Article number: 54 (2019)

Molnár, Zsolt; Szabados, Klára; Kiš, Alen; Marinkov, Jelena; Demeter, László; Biró, Marianna; Öllerer, Kinga; Katona, Krisztián; Đapić, Marko; Perić, Ranko; Ulicsni, Viktor; Babai, Dániel. Preserving for the future the — once widespread but now vanishing — knowledge on traditional pig grazing in forests and marshes (Sava-Bosut floodplain, Serbia) Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 17: 56. (2021)