Péter Szabó is an historical ecologist and environmental historian. He works at the Department of Vegetation Ecology of the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has MA degrees in History, English and Medieval Studies, and a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Before joining the Institute of Botany, he worked for the Dept. of Medieval Studies of the Central European University and what was then the Dept. of Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

His research focuses on the history of Central European woodlands and landscapes from the beginning of the Holocene until the present. He is also interested in the role of interdisciplinarity in bridging the divide between the humanities and the natural sciences. Currently he is the President of the European Society for Environmental History. In 2012-2016 he led the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant LONGWOOD.

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