Katalin TÖRÖK, PhD

team leader, senior research fellow
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
torok.katalin [at] ecolres.hu
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 123, 116
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Global drivers of conservation success and impact on ecosystem services are my other field of interest.

1) Restoration ecology
My research interest is the habitat rehabilitation of dry Pannonian grasslands. By experimenting primarily in the field, I am interested in the ecological processes induced by different treatments and in the key factors constraining restoration success

2) Long-term ecological research (LTER)
Our research is conducted at the Kiskun LTER site, part of the international network. My activities include organization within the European LTER research infrastructure.

3) Impacts of environmental drivers
Threats to natural ecosystems and their impact is another issue of my research. Studies on the impacts of global drivers on vegetation and naturalness of ecosystems and their interactions are further topics of my interest.

4) Science-polcy interface
A long experience in biodiversity monitoring and organization of ecosystem data and knowledge for decision support lead lately to involvement in the science-policy interface.

Main profile in keywords: 
plant coenology, restoration ecology, biodiversity monitoring, research policy, science-polcy interface
Selected publications:


Cevallos, D., Bede‐Fazekas, Á., Tanács, E., Szitár, K., Halassy, M., Kövendi‐Jakó, A., & Török, K. (2020): Seed transfer zones based on environmental variables better reflect variability in vegetation than administrative units: evidence from Hungary Restoration Ecology Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 911–918
Halassy, M., Csecserits, A., Kovacsics-Vári, G., Kövendi-Jakó, A., Reis, B. P., & Török, K. (2020): First year woody survival supports feasibility of forest-steppe reconstruction as an alternative to landscaping in industrial areas. Ecological Engineering, 158, 106050.


Halassy M, Botta-Dukát Z, Csecserits A, Szitár K (2019): Trait based approach confirms the importance of propagule limitation and assembly rules in old‐field restoration RESTORATION ECOLOGY 27(4): pp. 840-849.
Katalin Török, Ferenc Horváth, Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Melinda Halassy, János Bölöni, Katalin Szitár (2019): Meeting Aichi Target 15: Efforts and further needs of ecological restoration in Hungary Biological Conservation 235: pp. 128–135.
Kövendi-Jakó, Anna ; Halassy, Melinda ; Csecserits, Anikó ; Hülber, Karl ; Szitár, Katalin ; Wrbka, Thomas ; Török, Katalin (2019): Three years of vegetation development worth 30 years of secondary succession in urban-industrial grassland restoration Applied Vegetation Science 2019;22:138–149.