Tamás CZÁRÁN, Doctor of Sciences

ERI director, scientific advisor
IE Department of Evolutionary Dynamics
czaran.tamas [at] ecolres.hu
Brief description of the main scopes: 

1. Theoretical Ecology: Investigations on the role of spatial constraints (local interactions, limited propagule dispersion) using mathematical and computer simulation models.

2. Modeling the origin of life, based on the RNA World Scenario assuming that the interactions between cooperating replicators take place on mineral surfaces. Developing the Metabolically Coupled Replicator System (MCRS) model family.

3. Theoretical study of the evolutionary role of cooperation, communication and cheating by spatially explicit models of microbial and fungal population interactions.

4. Theoretical investigation of the evolution of language in early hominin populations using individual-based simulation modeling.

Main profile in keywords: 
theoretical ecology, modelling spatio-temporal population dynamics, the coevolution of cooperation and communication, origin of life, early evolution of language
Selected publications:


Czárán T, B Könnyű & E Szathmáry (2017): Metabolically Coupled Replicator System (MCRS): Overview of an RNA-world model concept of prebiotic evolution on mineral surfaces XVIIIth ISSOL Conference 16-21 July, 2017, San Diego, California, USA
Szilágyi András, Zachar István, Scheuring István, Kun Ádám, Könnyű Balázs, Czárán Tamás (2017): Ecology and evolution in the RNA world: dynamics and stability of prebiotic replicator systems Life 7(4),48


Liz Pásztor, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Gabriella Magyar, Tamás Czárán, Géza Meszéna (2016): Theory-based ecology: A Darwinian approach Oxford University Press, Oxford, (ISBN:978-0-19-957785-9) p.301



Czárán T, Hoekstra, R and Pagie, L (2002): Chemical warfare between microbes promotes biodiversity Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99 (2), 786-790