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Botta-Dukát, Zoltán DSc
Director, scientific advisor

Phone: 36-28-360-122/147

E-mail: botta-dukat.zoltan (at)

Research topics
assembly rules, numerical syntaxonomy, plant invasion, phytosociology




Introduction to statistics Ecology, conservation biology and systematics PhD programme of Eötvös University, Budapest

Introduction to statistics MSc course in biology, Eötvös University, Budapest


PhD studies:

Habitat preference of species in xeric grassland in local and regional scale. Julianna Erős-Honti, Eötvös University, PhD School of Theoretical Biology and Ecology

The relationship between invasiveness and biological traits: two somewhat new approaches Annamária Fenesi, Eötvös University, PhD School of Theoretical Biology and Ecology

MSc studies:

Effect of allien species to the functional group composition of alluvial plant communities. Csaba Tóth, nature conservation course at University of Veszprém, Georgikon Faculty

Change of invasibility of sandy old-fileds during succession. Vera Szántó, biology course at Eötvös University


Ecology general undergraduate textbook (in Hungarian)

Theory based ecology graduate textbook to be published by Oxford University Press

Curriculum vitae

Studies and Qualification:

1994: MSc as engineer of agriculture and agrochemistry at PATE Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely

1994-1996: postgradute student at nature conservation course, at PATE Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely

1995-1998: PhD student at Botany PhD School of University of Pécs. Supervisor: István Szabó

2003: PhD degree
Title of the thesis: Syntaxonomical and synmorphological study of Hungarian wet meadows.


1994-1998: assistant lecturer at the Department of Botany, PATE Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely

1998-present: researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót


1995: Dept. of Biology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy; Topic: Resemblance function based on contingency table for analysis cenological data; Collaborator: Enrico Feoli; Length: 3 months

2003: Dept. of Botany, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; Topic: Study of sub-continental humid meadows: coherent classification for the south-east part of Central-Europe and phytogeographic patterns; Collaborators: Milan Chytry, Petra Hajkoiva, Marcela Havlová; Length: 2 months


Member of the advisory board of Hacquetia

Selected publications

Pinke Gy., Karácsony P., Czúcz B. and Botta-Dukát Z. (2011): Determining the importance of environmental and land-use variables for the abundance of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in arable fields of Hungary Preslia 83: 219–235


Fenesi A. & Botta-Dukát Z. (2010): Do short-lived and long-lived alien plant species differ regarding the traits associated with their success in the introduced range? Biological Invasions 12: 611-623.

Pinke Gy., Pál R. & Botta-Dukát Z. (2010): Effects of environmental factors on weed species composition of cereal and stubble fields in western Hungary. Central European Journal of Biology 5: 283-292.

Tichý L., Chytrý M., Hájek M., Talbot S. and Botta-Dukát Z. (2010): OptimClass: Using species-to-cluster fidelity to determine the optimal partition in classification of ecological communities Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 287–299


Czúcz B., Torda G., Molnár Zs., Horváth F., Botta-Dukát Z. and Kröel-Dulay Gy. (2009): A spatially explicit, indicator-based methodology for quantifying the vulnerability and adaptability of natural ecosystems. In: Leal Filho, W. & Mannke, F. Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change. Peter Lang International Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main. p. 209-227.

Morschhauser T., Rudolf K, Botta-Dukát Z. & Oborny B. (2009): Density-dependence in the establishment of juvenile Allium ursinum individuals in a monodominant stand of conspecific adults Acta Oecologica 35:621–629

Pinke Gy., Pál R., Botta-Dukát Z. and Chytry, M (2009): Weed vegetation and its conservation value in three management systems of Hungarian winter cereals on base-rich soils Weed Research 49:544–551

Walther, G.-R., Roques, A., Hulme, Ph. E., Sykes, M. T., Pysek, P., Kühn, I., Zobel, M., Bacher, S., Botta-Dukát, Z., Bugmann, H.; Czúcz, B., Dauber, J., Hickler, T., Jaroąík, V., Kenis, M., Klotz, S., Minchin, D., Moora, M., Nentwig, W., Ott, J., Panov, V. E., Reineking, B., Robinet, Ch., Semenchenko, V., Solarz, W., Thuiller, W., Vilà, M., Vohland, K. & Settele, J. (2009): Alien species in a warmer world - risks and opportunities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:686-693.


Bódis, J., Botta-Dukát Z. (2008): Growth of Himantoglossum adriaticum and H. caprinum individuals, and relationship between sizes and flowering. Acta Botanica Hungarica 50:257–274

Botta-Dukát Z. (2008): Validation of hierarchical classifications by splitting dataset. Acta Botanica Hungarica 50:73–80.

Botta-Dukát Z. (2008): Invasion of alien species to Hungarian (semi-)natural habitats Acta Botanica Hungarica 50(Suppl.): 219-227

Czúcz B., Molnár Zs., Horváth F. and Botta-Dukát (2008): The natural capital index of Hungary Acta Botanica Hungarica 50(Suppl.): 161-177

Dobolyi, K., J. Erős-Honti, J. and Botta-Dukát, Z. (2008): Habitat preference of Linum dolomiticum (Linaceae) Studia bot. hung. 39:135–144

Illyés E., Botta-Dukát Z. and Molnár Zs. (2008): Patch and landscape factors affecting the naturalness based quality of three model grassland habitats in Hungary. Acta Botanica Hungarica 50(Suppl.): 179-197.

Lájer, K., Botta-Dukát, Z., Csiky J., Horváth, F., Szmorad F., Bagi, I., Dobolyi, K., Hahn, I., Kovács, J. A. & Rédei, T. (2008): Hungarian Phytosociological database (COENODATREF): sampling methodology, nomenclature and its actual stage. Annali di Botanica nuova series 7: 197-201.

Lellei-Kovács, E., Kovács-Láng, E., Kalapos, T. and Botta-Dukát, Z. (2008): Soil respiration and its main limiting factors in a semiarid sand forest-steppe ecosystem – Results of a climate simulation experiment. Cereal Research Communications 36(Suppl. 5):1223-1226.

Lellei-Kovács, E., Kovács-Láng, E., Kalapos, T., Botta-Dukát, Z., Barabás, S. and Beier, C. (2008): Experimental warming does not enhance soil respiration in a semiarid temperate forest-steppe ecosystem. Community Ecology 9:29-37.

Ónodi G., Kertész M., Botta-Dukát Z. & Altbäcker V. (2008): Grazing Effects on Vegetation Composition and on the Spread of Fire on Open Sand Grasslands. Arid Land Research and Management 22:273–285


Molnár, Zs. Bartha, S. Seregélyes, T., Illyés, E., Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Z., Tímár, G. Horváth, F., Révész, A., Kun, A., Bölöni, J., Biró, M., Bodonczi, L., Deák József, Á., Fogarasi, P., Horváth, A., Isépy, I., Karas, L., Kecskés, F., Molnár, Cs., Ortmann-né Ajkai, A. & Rév, Sz. (2007): A grid-based, satellite-image supported, multi-attributed vegetation mapping method (MÉTA). Folia Geobotanica 42: 225–247.

Ruprecht, E., Bartha, S., Botta-Dukát, Z. & Szabó, A. (2007): Assembly rules during old-field succession in two contrasting environments. Community Ecology 8: 31-40.


Ónodi G., Kertész M., Botta-Dukát Z. (2006): Effects of simulated grazing on open perennial sandy grassland Community Ecology 7(2):133-141.


Botta-Dukát Z., Chytrý M., Hájková P., Havlová M. (2005): Vegetation of lowland wet meadows along a climatic continentality gradient in Central Europe. Preslia 77: 89–111.


Somodi I., Botta-Dukát Z. (2004): Determinants of floating island vegetation and succession in a recently flooded shallow lake, Kis-Balaton (Hungary). Aquatic Botany 79: 357-366.


Balogh L., Botta-Dukát Z., Dancza I. (2003): What kind of plants are invasive in Hungary? In: Child L. E., Brock J. H., Brundu G., Prach K., Pyąek P., Wade P. M., Williamson M. (eds.): Plant Invasions: Ecological Threats and Management Solutions, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 131-146.

Dancza I., Botta-Dukát Z. (2003): Historical and recent data on the distribution of North American Solidago species (S. gigantea, S. canadensis) in Hungary. In: Zajac A., Zajac M., Zemanek B. (eds.): Phytogeographical problems of synanthropic plants. Institute of Botany, Jagellonoian University, Cracow.

Erős T., Botta-Dukát Z., Grossman G. D. (2003): Assemblage structure and habitat use of fishes in a Central European submontane stream: a patch-based approach. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 12:141–150.

Rédei T., Botta-Dukát Z., Csiky J., Kun A., Tóth T. (2003): On the possible role of local effects on species richness of acidic and calcareous rock grasslands in northern Hungary. Folia Geobotanica 38:453-467.

Török K., Botta-Dukát Z., Dancza I., Németh I., Kiss J., Mihály B., Magyar D. (2003): Invasion Gateways and Corridors in the Carpathian Basin: Biological Invasions in Hungary. Biological Invasions 5:349-356


Chytry M., Tichy L., Holt J., Botta-Dukát Z. (2002): Determination of diagnostic species with statistical fidelity measures. J. Veg. Sci. 13:79-90.


Botta-Dukát Z., Dancza I. (2001): Effect of weather conditions on the growth of giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea Ait.). In: Brundu G., Brock J., Camarda I., Child L., Wade M. (eds.): Plant Invasions: Species ecology and ecosystem management. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. pp. 47-54.


Virágh K., Bartha S., Botta-Dukát Z. (2000): Fine-scale coalition structure in Brachypodium grassland. Proceedings IAVS Symposium, Opulus Press, Uppsala, pp. 365-368.


Botta-Dukát Z., Borhidi A. (1999): New objective method for calculating fidelity. Example: the Illyrian beechwoods. Annali di Botanica 57:73-90.

Botta-Dukát Z., Ruprecht E. (1999): Using concentration analysis for operating with indicator values: effect of grouping species. Acta Bot. Hung. 42: 59-67.

Ruprecht E., Botta-Dukát Z. (1999): Long-term vegetation textural changes of three fen communities near Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Acta Bot. Hung. 42: 263-281.


Molnár Zs., Botta-Dukát Z. (1998): Improved space-for-time substitution for hypothesis generation: secondary grasslands with documented site history in SE-Hungary. Phytocoenologia 28: 1-29.