I was born and raised in Sighisoara (Segesvár, Schäßburg), which is a small town in the Saxon region of Southern Transylvania, central Romania. My PhD was about amphibian ecology and conservation in Southern Transylvania under the supervision of Acad. Petru Bănărescu and Prof. Dan Cogălniceanu. In the 2012-2013 period I was based at Leuphana University from Lüneburg, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in the team of Prof. Joern Fischer. Currently I am associate professor of ecology at Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca. 

Research interests

a) The conservation of ancient wood-pastures from Southern Transylvania - research funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
  • I apply social-ecological framework to understand the evolution, current state and future of the ancient wood-pastures from the traditional rural landscapes of Transylvania.
b) Amphibian ecology and conservation in Southern Transylvania
  • For over 10 years I studied the ecology of amphibians from the traditional rural landscapes of Southern Transylvania (Romania). 
c) Social-ecological systems
  • This interest emerged especially since I am collaborator in the transdisciplinary project  led by Professor Joern Fischer, 'Landscape futures'.

Membership
Biology Commission - Romanian National research Council (past)
Advisory Board - The Mihai Eminescu Trust

Reviewer
Amphibia-Reptilia, Journal of Herpetology, Herpetological Journal, Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Biodiversity and Conservation, Animal Conservation, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Global Change Biology, Ecological Research, Population Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, PLON ONE and other journals.

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