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Kis János


Dr. Kis János

Department of Zoology
Position: research fellow
Institute for Biology
Position: research fellow
+361 478 4253
+361 478 4100 / 8760
+361 478 4232
Rottenbiller street 50, Ground floor 18.


I am Dr. János Kis, senior scientific associate of the Department of Ecology. At the department, I teach Behavioral Biology and Field Practice I subjects in the undergraduate education. In the master’s program, I teach the subjects Scientific Communication and Application Writing, Behavioral Biology Methods and Journal Club 1. I teach Natural Science Research Planning at the ÁTE Doctoral School, and Research Planning in the Applied Biostatistics postgraduate course. My research area is the ecology and behavioral biology of butterflies.


Main research areas

  • nutritional ecology
  • reproductive system
  • demography in small Apollo moths

Topic management

PhD-students: 4

MSc students: 9

BSc students: 6

TDK theses: 9


Optional thesis topics

A new topic is expected from autumn 2023



2020- University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology, senior scientific associate

2018 Habilitation, University of Veterinary Medicine

2005-2019 University of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecology, scientific associate

2001-2005 Szent István University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Zoology, scientific assistant

1998-2001 University of Veterinary Sciences, Institute of Zoology, scientific and technical administrator

1995-1998 Eötvös Loránd University, Doctoral School of Biology

1995 Eötvös Loránd University certified biologist – English translator


Publication list(Top10) MTMT | Google Scholar | ORCID

Vajna, F., Szigeti, V., Harnos, A. & Kis, J. (2021) A kis apollólepke (Parnassius mnemosyne (LINNAEUS, 1758 )) nektárnövényfajok közti választása. Állattani Közlemények, 106. DOI: 10.20331/AllKoz.2021.106.1-2.1

Vajna, F., Kis, J. & Szigeti, V. (2021) Measuring proboscis length in Lepidoptera: a review. Zoomorphology, 140, 1–15. DOI: 10.1007/s00435-020-00507-z

Szigeti, V., Vajna, F., Kőrösi, Á. & Kis, J. (2020) Are all butterflies equal? Population-wise proboscis length variation predicts flower choice in a butterfly. Animal Behaviour, 163, 135–143. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.03.008

Szigeti, V., Kőrösi, Á., Harnos, A. & Kis, J. (2019) Lifelong foraging and individual specialisation are influenced by temporal changes of resource availability. Oikos, 128, 649–658. DOI: 10.1111/oik.05400

Szigeti, V., Kőrösi, Á., Harnos, A. & Kis, J. (2018) Temporal changes in floral resource availability and flower visitation in a butterfly. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 12, 177–189. DOI: 10.1007/s11829-017-9585-6

Szigeti, V., Kőrösi, Á., Harnos, A., Nagy, J. & Kis, J. (2016) Measuring floral resource availability for insect pollinators in temperate grasslands – a review. Ecological Entomology, 41, 231–240.  DOI: 10.1111/een.12298

Bókony, V., Liker, A., Székely, T. & Kis, J. (2003) Melanin-based plumage coloration and flight displays in plovers and allies. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 270, 2491–7. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2506

Blomqvist, D., Andersson, M., Küpper, C., Cuthill, I.C., Kis, J., Lanctot, R.B., Sandercock, B.K., Székely, T., Wallander, J. & Kempenaers, B. (2002) Genetic similarity between mates and extra-pair parentage in three species of shorebirds. Nature, 419, 613–615. DOI: 10.1038/nature01104

Kis, J., Liker, A. & Székely, T. (2000) Nest defence by Lapwings: observations on natural behaviour and an experiment. Ardea, 88, 155–163. WoS: 000165527100004

Székely, T., Cuthill, I.C. & Kis, J. (1999) Brood desertion in Kentish polver: sex differences in remating opportunities. Behavioral Ecology, 10, 185–190. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/10.2.185

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