László Demeter

Saturday October 03, 2015

László Demeter 

GESA 2015  |  Ukraine  |  Biology / Geography / English Teacher

 

Considering the interests of different stakeholders including forest managers, nature conservationists and locals, I would like to develop my career as a researcher who helps communication between these stakeholders in landscape scale conservation.

László DemeterIn 2009, I became qualified as a Specialist in Biology and Geography, receiving my specialist degree from the Transcarpathian Hungarian Institute. Before I became a researcher, I worked as an English teacher in a Ukrainian primary school. Spending three years in the educational system of Ukraine, I quickly realized the root of some existing problems of our social and ecological systems including those related to the environment. I decided to further educate myself in order to learn more about the nature of the human-environment relationship. My general goal was to become a more open-minded and problem-solving oriented person who can contribute to social and environmental developments in the landscape I was born in.

Currently, I am at the early stage of my research career and am doing my PhD at the University of Pécs, Hungary. I am interested in traditional forest-related knowledge and forest management. The management history of the oak-dominated floodplain forest of the Carpathian Basin and the driving forces that shape forest ecosystems are key topics I am passionate about. I am extremely motivated to learn about all types of knowledge regarding the complex socio-ecological systems we live in, including scientific and traditional knowledge.

As a member of the Institute of Ecology and Botany (IEB) Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research Group and the IEB Forest Ecology Research Group of Hungarian Academy of Science, I possess practical experience in conducting interdisciplinary research using methods borrowed from both social and nature sciences. The overall aim of my research is to provide knowledge about living and disappeared forest management systems that can help maintain the diversity of forest ecosystems and contribute to the livelihood of locals.

 

A recently abandoned pedunculate oak dominated hardwood floodplain forest on Bereg plain (W Ukraine). The Masonca forest was used for pig masting by locals over hundreds of years. Local knowledge holders are explaining that it is a sin against God to let such a perfect ash trunk be left to decay.

A recently abandoned pedunculate oak dominated hardwood floodplain forest on Bereg plain (W Ukraine). The Masonca forest was used for pig masting by locals over hundreds of years. Local knowledge holders are explaining that it is a sin against God to let such a perfect ash trunk be left to decay.

An actively used wood pasture on the Hungarian side of the Bereg plain. Photo: Anna Varga

An actively used wood pasture on the Hungarian side of the Bereg plain. Photo: Anna Varga

A culturally important sacred place situated around the two oldest oak trees in the Nagyerd? forest. (W Ukraine).

A culturally important sacred place situated around the two oldest oak trees in the Nagyerdo forest. (W Ukraine).

Local herder is sharing his knowledge about past forest uses of the Bockerek forest (NE Hungary). Photo: Anna Varga

Local herder is sharing his knowledge about past forest uses of the Bockerek forest (NE Hungary). Photo: Anna Varga

In the Pannonian basin, beside Croatia, traditional pig grazing and masting is being practiced only on the floodplain of the Sava and Bosut river (NW Serbia). Our team is doing research in that region on the grazing habits of local pig herders. Photo: Ábel Molnár

In the Pannonian basin, beside Croatia, traditional pig grazing and masting is being practiced only on the floodplain of the Sava and Bosut river (NW Serbia). Our team is doing research in that region on the grazing habits of local pig herders. Photo: Ábel Molnár

 

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