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Staff members - Zoltán Szalai



Zoltán Szalai

senior research fellow

Research Group for Lithosphere - Biosphere Interactions - leader
Research Group on Present-day processes in Physical Geography and Landscape Research


 + (36 1) 309 2600 /1478 ext.
 szalai.zoltan csfk.mta.hu


Qualifications:
2012: Dr. habil - Earth Sciences (Eötvös Loránd University)
2001: PhD - Earth Sciences (Eötvös Loránd University)
1998: MSc - Enviromnetalist (Budapest University of Tecnology and Economics)
1995: MSc - teacher, biology and geography (Eötvös Loránd University)

Academic experience:
Department of Environmental and Landscape Geography ( Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University )

2013- head of department
2012- associate professor
2008- assistant professor (part time)

Geographical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2010-2012 tudományos osztályvezető (Laboratory for Sediment and Soil Analysis)
2009-2012 research group leader (Research Group for Geoecology)
2005-2010 head of laboratory (Geographycal Laboratory)
2001-2012 senior research fellow
1998-2001 research fellow
1995-1998 junior research fellow

Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2012- research group leader (Research Group on Litosphere-Biosphere Interactions)
2012- head of laboratory (Laboratory for Sediment and Soil Analysis)
2012- senior research fellow

Teaching experience:
2008-: MSc courses (geographer; chemist, environmentalist)
2008-: BSc courses (geography; environmental sciences)
2004-: doctoral courses (earth sciences)

Fellowships:
2002-2005: János Bolyai Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2001: ESF-COST STSM ösztöndíj, University of Leeds - Scool of Geography
1995-1998: Young Researcher Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Research:

Geoecology
- major- and microelement budget of wetlands
- interactions between abiotic and biotic landscape forming factors

Soil science
- soil erosion (erosion plot studies and modelling)

Other activities in the Research Centre
2012-: IT coorfinator
2012-: member of the scientific council (KUTTA)

Scientific membership:
2011-: Environmental Geochemistry Committee of HAS, member
2009-: Hungarian Soil Science Society, member
2000-: European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC), member
1993-: Hungarian Georaphhical Society - member

International relations / activities:
2011- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): international expert
2002-2006 ESF- COST Action 629 (Water Pollution in natural porous media at different scales) : management comittee member
2001-2003 COST Action 623 (Soil Erosion and Global Change) : management comittee member


Zoltán Szalai - selected publications


Jakab G, Szalai Z.: Barnaföld erózióérzékenységének vizsgálata esőztetéssel a Tetves-patak vízgyűjtőjén. TÁJÖKOLÓGIAI LAPOK 3:(1) pp. 177-189. (2005)

Szalai Z.: Spatial and temporal pattern of soil pH and Eh and their impact on solute iron content in a wetland (Transdanubia, Hungary) ACTA GEOGRAPHICA DEBRECINA LANDSCAPE AND ENVIRONMENT 2:(1) pp. 34-45. (2008).

Szalai Z, Baloghné di Gléria M, Jakab G, Csuták M, Bádonyi K, Tóth A.: A folyópartok alakjának szerepe a hullámtereken kiülepedő üledékek szemcse- és nehézfém frakcionációjában, a Duna és a Tisza példáján FÖLDRAJZI ÉRTESÍTŐ - HUNGARIAN GEOGRAPHICAL BULLETIN 54:(1-2) pp. 61-84. (2005).

Szalai Z.: Trace metal pollution and microtopography in a floodplain. GEOGRAFIA FISICA E DINAMICA QUATERNARIA 21: pp. 75-78. (1998).

Szalai Z.: Nyomelem-eloszlási típusok természeteshez közeli állapotú ártéri területek talajaiban és üledékeiben: (A Háros-sziget mintaterület alapján) FÖLDRAJZI ÉRTESÍTŐ - HUNGARIAN GEOGRAPHICAL BULLETIN 47:(1) pp. 19-30. (1998).

Tóth A, Szalai Z.: Tájökológiai és tájtipológiai vizsgálatok a Tetves-patak vízgyűjtőjén. TÁJÖKOLÓGIAI LAPOK 5:(1) pp. 131-142. (2007).



Zoltán Szalai - projects


Principal investigator / leader /contact person in research projects

2012-2015: Effects of wetland mosaics on spatial pattern and temporal dynamics of iron budget. OTKA K100180. Principal investigator.

2002-2011: Soil erosion and rainwater infiltration monitoring of Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal facility (RWTDF), Püspökszilágy: project leader.

2009-2011: National Radioactive Waste Repository (NRWR) - Long term Environmental Monitoring Programme: monitoring of roadside enviromnent and freshwater sediments (module leader) - "Final disposal of low and intermediate radioactive wastes of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant" (project leader: Ferenc Schweitzer)

2006-2008. National Radioactive Waste Repository (NRWR) - Long term Environmental Monitoring Programme: Freshwater Eh, pH and EC monitoring of Hutai-patak (module leader) - "Final disposal of low and intermediate radioactive wastes of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant" (project leader: Ferenc Schweitzer)

2006-2007. TRACE ELEMENT: Effects of minimum tillage on trace element budget of soils. Funded by SYNGENTA UK. Principal investigator.

2003. Accumulation and remobilization of heavy metals in active floodplains (on the basis of representative study areas) "Research on Environment Protection and Nature Conservation" No:36-0200105_KAC. Principal investigator.

2002-2006. National Radioactive Waste Repository (NRWR) - Soil mapping (module leader) - "Final disposal of low and intermediate radioactive wastes of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant" (project leader: Ferenc Schweitzer)

2002-2005. Role of the abiotic factors in the influence of available trace element content (regarding riparian ecotops). OTKA T38122. Principal investigator.

1997-1999. Development of new methods for studying air pollution of settlements. OTKA F22892. Princ ipal investigator.

Key personnel in reseach projects

2016-2019 NVKP_16_1-2016-0003: Risks of some endocrine disruptors and developments for risk mitigation in Budapest Metropolitan Region (2016-2019), http://geohidrobma.mtafki.hu

2009-2012: The role of gully erosion in the present-day relief development of Hungary OTKA K 76434. (Project leader: Ádám Kertész).

2005-2008. BORASSUS The Environmental and Socio-economic Contribution of Palm Geotextiles to Sustainable Development and Soil Conservation. EU FP6 INCO-CT-2005-510745. (Project leader: Ádám Kertész).

1999-2000: HERODOT - Using the WEB in teaching Geography / Az internet használata a földrajzoktatásban. EU SOCRATES. (Project leader: Ádám Kertész).

1996-1999: MEDALUS III. (Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use Project) EU FP IV. (Project leader: Ádám Kertész).