László ERDŐS, PhD

IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
erdos.laszlo [at] ecolres.hu
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 147
+36 30 499-5142
Brief description of the main scopes: 

1) Spatial heterogeneity of forest-steppes
My aim is to describe the patterns of environmental factors and vegetation in forest-steppes, with particular emphasis on diversity indices. I want to find out what the contribution of individual habitats to the overall diversities and conservation value of the whole mosaic landscape is.

2) Ecological edges and boundaries
I am investigating selected environmental parameters and vegetation characteristics of forest edges to reveal what their structural and functional role is.

3) Vegetation gradients
I study how vegetation is changing through a series of neighbouring communities. In particular, I am interested in the use of the multivariate technique called 'moving split window analysis.'

4) Floristical and phytocoenological researches in the Villány Mts
I analyse the distribution and characteristics of plant associations in the Villány Mts, a small mountain region in southern Hungary. Also, I study the distribution of protected and rare plants in this region.

5) Naturalness indicators
I study how relative naturaness indicators can be used to assess the naturalness/degradation of plant communities, and how these indicators are related to similar systems such as the relative ecological indicators of Ellenberg and the hemeroby indicators of Jalas.

6) Environmental ethics
I am interested in how the main directions of the green movement (i.e., environmentalism, nature conservation, and animal advocacy) are related to one another, and what their ethical bases are.

Main profile in keywords: 
forest-steppe, spatial heterogeneity, diversity patterns, nature conservation
Selected publications:


Erdős L, Krstonosic D, Kiss P J, Bátori Z, Tölgyesi Cs, Skvorc Z (2019): Plant composition and diversity at edges in a semi-natural forest-grassland mosaic Plant Ecology 220: pp. 279-292.


Erdős L., Ambarlı D., Anenkhonov O. A., Bátori Z., Cserhalmi D., Kiss M., Kröel-Dulay Gy., Liu H., Magnes M., Molnár Zs., Naqinezhad A., Semenishchenkov Y. A., Tölgyesi Cs., Török P. (2018): The edge of two worlds: A new review and synthesis on Eurasian forest-steppes. Applied Vegetation Science doi: 10.1111/avsc.12382
Erdős L., Kröl-Dulay Gy., Bátori Z., Kovács B., Németh Cs., Kiss P. J., Tölgyesi Cs. (2018): Habitat heterogeneity as a key to high conservation value in forest-grassland mosaics Biological Conservation 226: pp. 72-80.


Erdős L. (2015): Veganism versus meat-eating, and the myth of ‘‘root capacity’’: A response to Hsiao. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28: 1139-1144.


Erdős L., Tölgyesi Cs., Horzse M., Tolnay D., Hurton Á., Schulcz N., Körmöczi L., Lengyel A., Bátori Z. (2014): Habitat complexity of the Pannonian forest-steppe zone and its nature conservation implications. Ecological Complexity 17: pp. 107-118.