A Darwinian approach
Liz Pásztor, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Gabriella Magyar, Tamás Czárán, and Géza Meszéna
Liz Pásztor, Department of Genetics, Eötvös University, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Gabriella Magyar, Formerly of Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Eötvös University, Tamás Czárán, Research Group of Theoretical Biology and Evolutionary Ecology, MTA and Eötvös University, and Géza Meszéna, Department of Biological Physics, Eötvös University
Liz Pásztor is an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in understanding the structure of ecology and evolutionary biology. She had graduated in biology and philosophy at Eötvös University (Budapest) where she got her PhD in 1997 and habilitated in 2010. She has been giving lectures and held seminars in population biology, evolutionary biology, biostatistics and evolutionary ecology since 1982. She has contributed to the theory of life-history evolution by developing density-dependent optimisation models for the understanding of geographical variation of clutch-size and fecundity and run experimental studies on parental care of great tits observed by automated weighing their nest-boxes. She is a co-editor and author of a general ecology textbook for BSc students (in Hungarian).
Zoltán Botta-Dukát has taken MSc degree in Agrochemistry and in Nature conservation, followed by a PhD in Botany. His research focused on phytosociology, community ecology and invasion biology. Recently he is a Senior Researcher at the MTA Centre for Ecological Research. His current research topic is investigating the trait-based rules of community assembly. He is Editor-in-Chief of Acta Botanica Hungarica and associate editor of the Journal of Vegetation Science.
Tamás Czárán had studied biology at Eötvös University, Budapest, where he graduated in 1984 and got his PhD in 1991. He started his career as a theoretical ecologist mainly interested in spatially explicit population dynamical modelling, with his field of research later extended to evolutionary biology. At present the main fields of his interest are modelling microbial ecology and evolution, origin of life studies related to the RNA-World concept of prebiotic evolution, and modelling the prehistoric coevolution of human cooperation and language.
Gabriella Magyar graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and made her Ph.D in plant ecological modelling at the same University. As a part of her Ph.D she had a scholarship at the Radboud University Nijmegen doing modelling for the department of Experimental Plant Ecology. She is especially interested in the effects of spatiality and finiteness on population patterns.
Géza Meszéna graduated with a degree in Physics, followed by a PhD in Biophysics. Currently is Associated Professor at the Department of Biological Physics, Eötvös University and works on theoretical ecology and evolution. He contributed to the development of adaptive dynamics theory. His current interest is coexistence/niche theory and theory of speciation.