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Szabó Krisztián


Szabó Krisztián

Department of Zoology
Position: assistant research fellow
Institute for Biology
Position: assistant research fellow
(1) 478 4100 / 8753
+361 478 4100 / 8753
+361 478 4232
Rottenbiller Street 50 1st floor 21.


I am Dr. Krisztián Szabó, a research associate at the Department of Ecology. I am primarily involved in the teaching and organization of subjects related to molecular methods and genetics: Genetics and Molecular Ecology in the BSc course, Molecular Methods, Bioinformatics, Sexual Reproduction in the Living World and Molecular Zoology courses in the Master’s course.

As a member of the Molecular Ecology Research Group at the department, I work with many animals and many topics (mainly phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics). These are mostly projects implemented in cooperation with other research groups or civil organizations, during which I carry out molecular laboratory work and analyses.

In addition to teaching and research tasks, I also participate in the management of the AQUILABOR service laboratory operating at the department.

Main research areas:

  • Molecular-ecological studies in different vertebrates and invertebrates


  • Species, gender and unique identification by molecular methods in vertebrates and invertebrates (AQUILABOR)

Topic management

MSc students: 1

BSc students: 2

TDK theses: 1

Optional thesis topics

Molecular taxonomy of bull spiders


2008 – University of Veterinary Medicine (Szent István University between 2008 and 2016) Department of Ecology

2010 – 2012 Laboratory assistant, Hungarian Museum of Natural History

2003 – 2008 Research assistant, MTA Szeged Biological Center, Institute of Genetics

1999 – 2003 PhD student, University of Debrecen, Biodiversity doctoral program

1994 – 1999 University of Veterinary Science, certified applied zoologist

Publication list (Top10) MTMT

Vincze, O., Vágási, Cs. I., Penzes, J., Szabó, K, Magonyi, N., Czirják, G. & Pap, P. (2022)

Sexual dimorphism in immune function and oxidative physiology across birds: the role of sexual selection. Ecology Letters DOI: 10.1111/ele.13973

Vörös, J., Varga, Z., Martínez-Solano, I., & Szabó, K. (2021). Mitochondrial DNA diversity of the alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) in the Carpathian Basin: evidence for multiple cryptic lineages associated with Pleistocene refugia. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 67(2), 177-197.

Magonyi, N. M., Szabó, K., Fehérvári, P., Solt, S., Palatitz, P., Vili, N., Bertók, P. & Mátics, R. (2021). Extra‐pair paternity, intraspecific brood parasitism, quasi‐parasitism and polygamy in the Red‐footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus). Ibis, 163, 1087-1092, DOI: doi: 10.1111/ibi.12932

Pipoly, I., Szabó, K., Bókony,V., Hammer, T., Papp, S., Preiszner, B., Seress, G., Vincze, E., Schroeder, J. & Liker, A. Higher frequency of extra-pair offspring in urban than forest broods of great tits (Parus major). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7: 229 DOI:

​Nemesházi E, Szabó K, Horváth Z, Kövér Sz (2018): The effects of genetic relatedness on mate choice and territorial intrusions in a monogamous raptor. Journal of Ornithology, 159,1: pp 233-244. doi: 10.1007/s10336-017-1494-z

Harnos, A., Lang, Zs., Petrás, D.,Bush, S., Szabó, K., Rózsa, L. (2017) Size matters for lice on birds: coevolutionary allometry of host and parasite body size. Evolution 71: (2) 421-431 DOI: 10.1111/evo.13147​

Bókony, V., Pipoly, I., Szabó, K., Preiszner, B., Vincze, E., Papp, S., Seress, G., Hammer H., Liker, A. 2017. Innovative females are more promiscuous in great tits (Parus major). Behavioral Ecology 28(2): 579–588. DOI:

​Nemesházi E, Kövér Sz, Zachos FE, Horváth Z, Tihanyi G, Mórocz A, Mikuska T, Hám I, Literák I, Ponnikas S, Mizera T, Szabó K (2016): Natural and anthropogenic influences on the population structure of white-tailed eagles in the Carpathian Basin and central Europe. Journal of Avian Biology 47,6: pp. 795-805. doi: 10.1111/jav.00938

Vörös, S. Ursenbacher, I. Kiss, D. Jelic, S. Schweiger & K. Szabó (2016) Enhanced genetic structuring of isolated fire salamander populations (Caudata: Salamandridae) at the margins of the Carpathian Mountains. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 54/4 DOI 10.1111/jzs.12157

Szabó K. & J. Vörös (2014) Distribution and hybridization of Anguis fragilis and A. colchica in Hungary. Amphibia-Reptilia 35: 135-140  DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002927