In 2003, I finished my studies at the Biology Department of Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences . In my thesis and in my article published in Természetvédelmi Közlemények, I explored why the attempts to reintroduce white-headed duck in Hungary were unsuccessful. In addition, I was occupied in the successful reintroduction of beaver and in the theoretical background of its effectiveness. I took longer these subjects when admitted to ‘ecology, conservation biology and systematics’ doctoral program at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences. My consultant was still András Takács-Sánta. I summarized the results of my research in the field of reintroduction in a popularizing article written for Élet és Tudomány (“Life and Science”) in 2014.
Male white-headed duck
In 2007, I spent 2.5 months in the UK, in the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation. Our article on the subject of the very great length of the literature about animal reintroduction, published in the scientific journal Oryx, is the result of this cooperation. Our article also showed that about the reintroduction of birds and mammals there are more articles written than we would expect based on the number of species and reintroduction programs.
In 2011, I wrote a 54-page study on the request of the Danube-Drava National Park, in which used a broad system of aspects for reviewing the results of the beaver reintroduction program in Hungary. In 2012, together with my student, Tímea OLAJOS, we looked over the Hungarian animal reintroduction programs. We concluded that the use of the guide published by the international conservation organization IUCN increases the chances of success of the reintroduction programs. In 2013, with my student Erzsébet ÓHEGYI, we reviewed the financing of Hungarian and foreign reintroduction programs.
Beaver awaiting release
Since 2011, I take part in the European Mudminnow Species Protection Pilot Program aiming at the protection, the propagation and introduction of this small, strictly protected species is Hungary.
In 2012, we published with co-authors an article in Természetvédelmi Közlemények about the results of the program until that time. About the same program, we wrote a chapter in an English book as well.
Aquarium bred European Mudminnow
I was the consultant of these theses:
– CZINKI Zsuzsanna (2009): The Przewalski’s Horse Preservation MSc.. thesis, Centre for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, ELTE, Budapest, 65 pp. The thesis can be downloaded here .
– OLAJOS Timea (2012): Analysis of the species-reintroduction in Hungary based on the IUCN guide BSc.. thesis, Department of Conservation and Ecology, Environment – Institute of Landscape Management and the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, 59 pp. The thesis can be downloaded here.
– ÓHEGYI Erzsébet (2013): Financing of the species-reintroduction programs MSc.. thesis, Conservation Engineering Master Degree, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Gödöllő, 86 pp. The thesis can be downloaded here.
I wrote critiques about articles for the following scientific magazines:
– Animal Conservation (IF: 2.524)
– Biological Conservation (IF: 4.036)
– Conservation Biology (IF 4.32)
– Conservation Letters (IF: 7.241)