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Kosztolányi András


Dr. Kosztolányi András

Department of Zoology
Position: associate professor
Institute for Biology
Position: associate professor
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As the head of the Department of Ecology and training officer, my task is to coordinate the undergraduate and master’s programs in biology at the University. In addition, I hold an article reading seminar on the bachelor’s degree, while on the master’s degree I teach behavioral ecology and organize the subject of zoology. My main area of interest is research on the evolution of reproductive systems, and especially of offspring care systems. I conduct my research on shorebirds and a species of beetle.

Main research areas:

  • Reproductive systems and the evolution of offspring care
  • Cooperation and sexual conflict between parents during offspring care
  • Investigation of the behavior, ecology and conservation of the Széki plover
  • Life course consequences of nest site choice in shorebirds
  • Evolution of gender roles
  • The rearing behavior of the big-headed chickadee

Topic management

PhD students: 2

MSc students: 2

BSc students: 2

TDK theses: 1

Optional thesis topics

The relationship between animal personality and nest site choice

Sexual conflict over the choice of nesting site

The influence of social environment on parenting behavior


2018 – currently Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine

2017 – 2018 Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine

2015 – 2016 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine

2015 Habilitation

2014 – 2015 Biologist, Department of Ecology, ÁOTK, Szent István University

2012 – 2014 Scientific associate, MTA-DE “Lendület” Behavioral Ecology Research Group

2011 – 2012 Research associate, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University

2007 – 2010 Zoltán Magyary Postdoctoral Scholarship Holder

2005 – 2007 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Great Britain

2004 – 2005 Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellow

2002 – 2004 Administrative expert, Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology, University of Debrecen

1996 – 1999 PhD student, Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology, University of Debrecen

Publication list (Top10) MTMT | Google Scholar | ORCHID

McDonald, G. C., Bede‐Fazekas, Á., Ivanov, A., Crecco, L., Székely, T., & Kosztolányi, A. (2022). Landscape and climatic predictors of Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) distributions throughout Kazakhstan. Ibis.

McDonald, G. C., Engel, N., Ratão, S. S., Székely, T., & Kosztolányi, A. (2020). The impact of social structure on breeding strategies in an island bird. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-10.

Eberhart-Phillips, L.J., Küpper, C., Carmona-Isunza, M.C., Vincze, O., Zefania, S., Cruz-López, M., … Kosztolányi, A. … & Krüger, O. (2018). Demographic causes of adult sex ratio variation and their consequences for parental cooperation. Nature Communications, 9(1), 1-8.

Rosa, M.E., Barta, Z., Fülöp, A., Székely, T., & Kosztolányi, A. (2017). The effects of adult sex ratio and density on parental care in Lethrus apterus (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae). Animal Behaviour, 132, 181-188.

Vincze, O., Kosztolányi, A., Barta, Z., Küpper, C., Alrashidi, M., Amat, J. A., … & Székely, T. (2017). Parental cooperation in a changing climate: fluctuating environments predict shifts in care division. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26(3), 347-358.

Bulla, M., Valcu, M., Dokter, A.M., Dondua, A.G., Kosztolányi, A., Rutten, A.L., … & Kempenaers, B. (2016). Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature, 540(7631), 109-113.

Vincze, O., Szekely, T., Küpper, C., AlRashidi, M., Amat, J.A., Ticó, A.A., … & Kosztolányi, A. (2013). Local environment but not genetic differentiation influences biparental care in ten plover populations. PLoS One, 8(4), e60998.

Kosztolányi, A., Barta, Z., Küpper, C., & Szekely, T. (2011). Persistence of an extreme male‐biased adult sex ratio in a natural population of polyandrous birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(8), 1842-1846.

Kosztolányi, A., Cuthill, I.C., & Székely, T. (2009). Negotiation between parents over care: reversible compensation during incubation. Behavioral Ecology, 20(2), 446-452.

Sandercock, B.K., Székely, T., & Kosztolányi, A. (2005). The effects of age and sex on the apparent survival of Kentish Plovers breeding in southern Turkey. The Condor, 107(3), 583-596.

(Updated: November 15, 2022)