Centre for Ecological Research

Institute of Ecology and Botany

"Lendület" Landscape and Conservation Ecology

Curriculum vitae of Balázs Deák

Publications of Balázs Deák

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Academic degrees/qualification:

  • Doctor of Science (DSc) in Biology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 2019). Thesis title: "Habitat heterogeneity and landscape composition as drivers of species composition and community patterns of dry grasslands".

  • Habilitation (venia legendi) in Ecology (University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary, 2015). Thesis title: „Effects of microtopography, landscape composition and land use on the plant composition of alkali grasslands”.

  • PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary, 2013). Thesis title: „Conserving grassland biodiversity by traditional management, prescribed burning and seed sowing”.

Scientific career:

Honors and fellowships:

  • New National Excellence Programme of the Ministry of Human Capacities scientific research scholarship (2017 and 2018; MTA-DE Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group).

  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bolyai fellowship (2016-2019; MTA-DE Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group, Debrecen, Hungary)

  • Campus Hungary Mobility Grant (2015)


Editorial activity:

  • Guest editor in the EDGG Special Feature in the Journal Tuexenia, 2015-

Professional services:

  • Journal reviewer for more than 30 journals - see my Publons profile.

Conference organising:

  • Special Session organiser: “Remote sensing in conservation monitoring” (2016, SER Conference).

  • Workshop organiser: “Large-scale grassland restoration: high diversity seeding and knowledge transfer of regional seed propagation to Hungary” (2015, Hortobágy, Hungary) and "Nature that counts - Monitoring biodiversity" (2013, EUROPARC Conference).

Teaching activities:

  • Initiation, accreditation and than responsible person for the „Ecology, environmental- and nature conservation” MSc curriculum at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) (2018-2019).

  • PhD Supervisor at the Juhász Nagy Pál Doctorate school University of Debrecen (Hungary) (2014-).

  • Lecturer of the Juhász Nagy Pál Doctorate school University of Debrecen (Hungary) (2014-2019).

  • Lecturer of eleven, conservation focused MSc courses (in Hungarian and English) at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) (2015-2019).

  • Lecturer of eight, conservation focused BSc courses at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) (2015-2019).

Research interest:

  • Grassland biodiversity

  • Sacred biodiversity

  • Ecology of fragmented and isolated habitats

  • Effects of landscape and local environmental factors on the biodiversity of dry semi-natural grasslands

  • Effects of small scale environmental heterogeneity on the species composition of grasslands

  • Application of remote sensing in habitat mapping and quality assessment

  • Grassland restoration and management

  • Prescribed burning and fire ecology

  • Succession and vegetation dynamics