Ádám Z. Lendvai
Institution or affiliation:
Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology University of Debrecen
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the mechanisms governing life histories. By training, I am a behavioural ecologist, but most of my current research focuses on physiology to understand how birds cope with environmental challenges. I am particularly interested in hormonal regulation of behaviour, including the hormonal response to stress and the role of the evolutionarily conserved hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and its downstream molecular mechanisms, in mediating life history decisions. I follow an integrated approach where I combine proximate and ultimate questions of biology. I have studied birds in various environments, from the Arctic to the tropical rainforest, although I spent a great deal of time in parking lots and horse barns as well to study social behaviour and physiology of house sparrows, which was my PhD topic. After postdoctoral and faculty work in France, Hungary, USA and Canada and Romania, I returned to Hungary where I am currently an associate professor at the Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology at the University of Debrecen. As an EOU council member, I plan to bring naturalists, ringers and amateur bird enthusiasts closer to professional ornithology and, in turn, to bring avian science closer to the general public. I also believe that we need to enhance the prestige and esteem of research on basic avian natural history and behaviour because these are the foundations of our understanding of the fascinating world of birds. I think the EOU meetings provide an excellent opportunity to achieve these goals.
by Martin Muir | Nov 9, 2023