The Academia Europaea (European Academy of Sciences) has elected ethnoecologist Zsolt Molnár, a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), scientific advisor at the Centre for Ecological Research (CER), and head of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research Group, one of its members.
A staff member of the CER Institute of Ecology and Botany, Molnár researches the traditional and local ecological knowledge of shepherds and other farmers in Hungary, Transylvania, Serbia, Mongolia and Iran. His research areas include ethnobotany, historical landscape ecology, the mapping of Hungarian vegetation, landscape change, ecosystem services, nature conservation management, biodiversity monitoring and the further development of agricultural regulations.
Founded in 1988, the Academia Europaea has more than 4,500 members, including close to 80 Nobel laureates. The aim of the prestigious pan-European institution includes promoting and disseminating the results of European research, supporting interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and raising social awareness of the usefulness of such scientific research.