I’m an evolutionary ecologist who is deeply interested in the future of human societies and the conceptual structure of science. Besides biology I have a master’s degree in philosophy, as well. I quest for the joint first principles of ecology and evolutionary biology at present.
I have various experiences: in field work (nest box studies with automated balances), in modeling life-history evolution and in producing a principle-based synthesis in ecology. I have been working at Eötvös University (Hungary) as a lecturer for 40 years. Over the last two years, I’m also doing research as an associate professor in the evolutionary systems research group at the Centre for Ecological Research, (Hungary). I have worked in teams of various sizes over most of my career.
As a teacher I’m in permanent experimenting with teaching methods. I had a teaching position in the Department of Genetics and Ecology of Aarhus University (Denmark) for a semester (1987) and I worked as a visiting scholar twice in the Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences at Leiden University (Netherlands) (1996, 1997) for a couple of months. I have practice in organizing international congresses and workshops. I was the head of the scientific program committee of the 4th conference of the European Ornithologists' Union (EOU; Chemnitz, 2003) and secretary of the organizing committee of the 3rd congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB, Debrecen, 1991). I have been active in various NGOs related to environmental problems and academic life within Hungary.