GARAMSZEGI, László Zsolt

director-general, scientific advisor
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
garamszegi.laszlo [at]
+36 28 369 997 ext.111
+36 30 834 9944
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Director general, Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest

1) Acoustic communication and cultural evolution
We use a long-term dataset in a wild passerine model, the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) to understand the roles of bird song in sexual selection and the spatial and temporal dynamics of syllable use at the population level. Applying modern phylogenetic comparative methods we investigate several selection factors that can potentially shape the tremendous amount of variation in bird song that can be observed at the among-species level.

2) The evolution of animal behaviour
Studying different model organisms (dog breeds, species of birds, lizards, frogs and beetles) we aim at uncovering the mechanisms that mediate the dual characterises of many behavioural traits in terms of plasticity and consistency. These aspects are of specific interest in the light of adaptation to rapidly and unpredictably changing environment.

3) Host-parasite interactions
Considering the perspectives of all participants in a phylogenetic framework, we perform researches to uncover the consequences of co-evolutionary arms race between hosts, parasites and their vectors. The main questions focus on the evolution of host immune defence, parasite virulence and mode of transmission.

4) The evolution of brain size and neural capacity
Relying on meta-analytic and phylogenetic comparative approaches, we study birds and dogs to discover selective constraints that favour the evolution of the neural space that governs the cognitive performance of animals under different environmental stimuli.

5) Research philosophy and statistical methods in ecology
We participate in the development and refinement of different statistical tools that are used in different fields of ecology, while we also play an important role in disseminating new methodologies within the user community.

Main profile in keywords: 
acoustic communication, evolution of animal behaviour, host-parasite interactions, evolution of brain size and neural capacity
Selected publications:


Laszlo Zsolt Garamszegi, Magdalena Zagalska-Neubauer, David Canal, Gyoergy Blazi, Miklos Laczi, Gergely Nagy, Eszter Szollosi, Eva Vaskuti, Janos Torok, Sandor Zsebok (2018): MHC-mediated sexual selection on birdsong: Generic polymorphism, particular alleles and acoustic signals MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 27 - 11, pp. 2620 - 2633.


Laszlo Zsolt Garamszegi & Anders Pape Moller (2017): Partitioning within-species variance in behaviour to within- and between-population components for understanding evolution ECOLOGY LETTERS. 20 - 5, pp. 599 - 608. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12758


László Zsolt Garamszegi (2014): Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and their Application in Evolutionary Biology Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, ISBN 978-3-662-43549-6, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-43550-2


László Zsolt Garamszegi, Gábor Markó & Gábor Herczeg (2012): A meta-analysis of correlated behaviours with implications for behavioural syndromes: mean effect size, publication bias, phylogenetic effects and the role of mediator variables EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY. 26 - 5, SI, pp. 1213 - 1235.


László Zsolt Garamszegi (2011): Climate change increases the risk of malaria in birds GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY. 17 - 5, pp. 1751 - 1759. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02346.x