¨  Zootaxonomy, Ecology and Hydrobiology Ph.D. Program

ˇ  Prior studies and degrees needed

For a successful participation in this program, M.Sc. (in biology), M.D., D.V. or D.D. degrees are accepted on the condition that the curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate programs of the applicant included animal systematics, hydrobiology or hydrology and ecology (and as parts of the latter animal and plant ecology, zoo- and plant biogeography, and elements of biometry) as major subjects. Knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and evolutionary biology is an advantage.

ˇ  Features of the program

§  Objectives  This program offers training in that field of biology, which aims at the understanding (a) classical as well as molecular taxonomy; (b) ecological processes at various timely and spatial scales including behavioral ecology (but see a separate website:  http://janos.torok.elte.hu), and (c) organization and functioning of aquatic communities of running waters and lakes.

§  Curriculum  The curriculum is assembled so that the students can gain a detailed practical experience in the state-of-art methodology that is used in the research project they join. At the same time, they can get a firm knowledge, through seminars and regular courses about current theoretical issues, as well as methods relevant for a complex approach to any of the problems encountered during their training. The global biodiversity crisis has increased the value of taxonomical knowledge. Students of the program learn theoretical subjects (numerical taxonomy, phylogeny, cladistics, phylogeography) and methods, such as molecular taxonomy, and how its principles should be applied while studying a particular animal group. Animal ecology seminars discuss important current theoretical and methodological topics. Hydrobiological courses help obtain skills in methods of investigating aquatic systems (from water chemistry to communities). Biometry is an essential course vital for any part of this program.

§  Currently available projects  It is possible for students joining to this Ph.D. program to participate in an existing research group of the Loránd Eötvös University (e.g. behavioral ecology team, see website http://janos.torok.elte.hu), or in a team being affiliated with an institute, and participating in this Ph.D. program. One of such research groups is devoted to the study of animal taxonomy at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Hungarian Natural History Museum.

Projects to participate in for obtaining a Ph.D. :

Sexual selection in birds anurans and lizards,

Mating and survival strategies of hole-nesting passerines,

Stress, immune function and signalization in birds,

Fitness consequences of prenatal maternal allocation in birds.

Ecofaunistical investigation of small mammals

Effects of human disturbance on small mammals populations

Taxonomical and faunistical investigations of enchytraeids (Oligochaeta, Enchytraeidae)



ˇ          Program head:

Klára Dózsa-Farkas, D.Sc. professor

ˇ          Program coordinator to be contacted:

Árpád Szentesi, C.Sc. associate professor