Marianna BIRÓ, PhD

IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
biro.marianna [at]
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 157
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Historical landscape ecology, long-term vegetation changes, past habitat use, oral history, traditional ecological knowledge, perception of landscape changes, ecosystem services, Eurasian beaver, effects of grazing in wetlands, long-term changes of Natura 2000 habitats, village laws.
Methods: GIS, interview technics, analyzing historical maps and written historical sources.

Main profile in keywords: 
historical landscape ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, long-term changes of Natura 2000 habitats, effects of grazing in wetlands
Selected publications:


Biró, M., Molnár, Zs., Öllerer, K., Demeter, L. & Bölöni, J. (2022): Behind the general pattern of forest loss and gain: A long-term assessment of semi-natural and secondary forest cover change at country level Landscape and Urban Planning, 220:104334.


Biró, M., Molnár, Zs., Öllerer, K., Lengyel, A., Ulicsni, V., Szabados, K., Kiš, A., Perić, R., Demeter, L., Babai, D. (2020): Conservation and herding co-benefit from traditional extensive wetland grazing. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. Volume 300, 15 September 2020, 106983
Ujházy N., Molnár Zs., Bede-Fazekas Á., Szabó M., Biró M (2020): Do farmers and conservationists perceive landscape changes differently? Ecology and Society, 25(3):12.


Biró, M., Molnár, Zs., Babai, D., Dénes, A., Fehér, A., Barta, S., Sáfián, L., Szabados, K., Kiš, A., Demeter, L., Öllerer, K. (2019): Reviewing historical traditional knowledge for innovative conservation management: A re-evaluation of wetland grazing. Science of The Total Environment. 666: 1114–1125.


Biró, M., Bölöni, J. and Molnár, Zs. (2018): Use of long-term data to evaluate loss and endangerment status of Natura 2000 habitats and effects of protected areas. Conservation Biology. 32(3):660-671.