Gábor Seress



2024-present: senior research fellow
2016-2024: research fellow (HUN-REN-PE (formerly ELKH-PE; MTA-PE) Evolutionary Ecology Research Group)
2014-2016: assistant research fellow (ORG, University of Pannonia)
2015: PhD degree (Dissertation PDF)
2011-2013: assistant lecturer at the Dept. of Limnology, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary.
2008-2011: PhD student in the Ornithological Research Group at the Dept. of Limnology, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary.
2001-2007: graduated as a Biologist at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Science, Szeged, Hungary.


Room N-14, Building N, University of Pannonia,
Wartha Vince street 1, Veszprém, Hungary
Pf. 158, H-8201, Veszprém, Hungary
Tel.: +36 88 624249
e-mail: seress.gabor.laszlo[at]mk.uni-pannon.hu
ORCID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9828-4934

Research interests:

I wrote my MsC thesis in the topic of ‘Extra-pair paternity of Tree sparrow (Passer montanus) in a semi-urban population’ in the Laboratory of Molecular Biodiversity, Institute of Genetics, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary. Later I joined the Ornithological Research Group (ORG, currently: MTA-PE Evolutionary Ecology Research Group) at the University of Pannonia (Veszprém) where I got my PhD degree in behavioral ecology. During my years as a PhD student my research interest was focusing on the effects of habitat urbanization on the House sparrow (Passer domesticus), in particular its reproductive success, nestling development and anti-predator behaviour (PhD thesis: Individual and population level effects of urbanization on house sparrows (Passer domesticus) in Hungary). Currently I am a research fellow in the MTA-PE Evolutionaty Ecology Research Group (MTA-PE EERG), studying e.g. how birds’ natural food availability, breeding biology, survival and reproductive phenology change with habitat urbanization, using the Great tit (Parus major) as a model species. I am the coordinator of the great tit breeding biology monitoring program in the research group’s ‘Veszprém study area’ (urban and forest sites) since 2014/2015.

Ongoing international collaborations & projects:

  • PI in project “Demography and population dynamics of birds in urban and natural landscapes” (NKFIH FK grant, 2021.10.01-ongoing)
  • Participant in project “Biodiversity under agricultural and urbanization constrain” funded by the NKFIH Élvonal grant (PI: Péter Batáry, Lendület Landscape and Conservation Ecology Research Group), 2020-2025



Reprints from here.

Peer reviewed papers:

Sinkovics, Cs., Seress, G., Pipoly, I., Vincze, E., Liker, A. (2023) Comparison of nestling diet between first and second broods of great tits Parus major in urban and forest habitats. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. 46 (2): 199-212. https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2023.46.0199

Pipoly, I., Preiszner, B., Sándor, K., Sinkovics, Cs., Seress, G., Vincze, E., Bókony, V., Liker A. (2022) Extreme Hot Weather Has Stronger Impacts on Avian Reproduction in Forests Than in Cities. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10:825410. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.825410

Sándor, K., Seress, G., Sinkovics, Cs., Péter, Á., Liker, A. (2022) Differences in feather structure between urban and forest great tits – constraint or adaptation? Journal of Avian Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jav.02922

Sinkovics, Cs., Seress, G., Pipoly, I., Vincze, E., Liker, A. (2021) Great tits feed their nestlings with more but smaller prey items and fewer caterpillars in cities than in forests. Scientific Reports 11, 24161. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-03504-4

Bukor, B., Seress, G., Pipoly, I., Sándor, K., Sinkovics, Cs., Vincze, E., Liker, A. (2021) Double-brooding and annual breeding success of great tits in urban and forest habitats. Current Zoology, 2021 1-9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoab096

Seress, G., Sándor, K., Vincze, E., Pipoly, I., Bukor, B., Ágh, N. & Liker, A. (2021) Contrasting effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on urban birds’ reproductive success in two cities. Scientific Reports 11, 17649. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-96858-8

Vincze, E. Bókony, V., Garamszegi, L. Z., Seress, G., Pipoly, I., Sinkovics, Cs., Sándor, K. & Liker, A. (2021) Consistency and plasticity of risk-taking behaviour towards humans at the nest in urban and forest great tits, Parus major. Animal Behaviour 179: 161-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.06.032

Sándor, K., Liker, A., Sinkovics, Cs., Péter, Á., Seress G. (2021) Urban nestlings have reduced number of feathers in Great Tits Parus major. IBIS, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12948

Culina, A. (…), Liker, A. (…), Seress, G. (…), Visser, M. E. (2021) Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: The SPI-Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12948

Seress, G., Sándor, K., Evans, Karl L., Liker, A. (2020) Food availability limits avian reproduction in the city: An experimental study on great tits Parus major. Journal of Animal Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13211

Áron, P.* & Seress, G.*, Sándor, K., Klucsik, K.P., Vincze, E., Liker, A. (2020) The effect of artificial light at night on the biomass of caterpillars feeding in urban tree canopies. Urban Ecosystems (* Joint first authors of this study.) DOI: 10.1007/s11252-020-00999-z

Ágh, N., Pipoly, I., Szabo, K., Vincze, E., Bókony, V., Seress, G., Liker, A. (2020) Does offspring sex ratio differ between urban and forest populations of great tits (Parus major)? Biologia Futura DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42977-020-00024-6

Czeglédi, I., Kern, B., Tóth, R., Seress, G., Erős, T. (2020) Impacts of urbanization on stream fish assemblages: the role of the species pool and the local environment. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00137

Vincze, E., Pipoly, I., Seress, G., Preiszner, B., Papp, S., Németh, B., Liker, A., Bókony, V. (2019) Great tits take greater risk toward humans and sparrowhawks in urban habitats than in forests. Ethology DOI: 10.1111/eth.12922

Pipoly, I., Szabó, K., Bókony, V., Preiszner, B., Seress, G., Vincze, E., Schroeder, J., Liker, A. (2019) Higher frequency of extra-pair offspring in urban than forest broods of great tits. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1101/526194

Seress, G., Hammer, T., Bókony, V., Vincze, E., Preiszner, B., Pipoly, I., Sinkovics, C., Evans, K.* & Liker, A.* (2018) Impacts of urbanization on abundance and phenology of caterpillars and consequences for breeding in an insectivorous bird. Ecological Applications (2018),  28(5): 1143-1156 (*Evans K.L. & Liker A. are joint last authors of this study.) DOI: 10.1002/eap.1730

Sinkovics, C., Seress, G., Fábián, V., Sándor, K. & Liker, A. (2018) Obtaining accurate measurements of the size and volume of insects fed to nestlings from video recording. Journal of Field Ornithology, 89(2): 165-172. DOI: 10.1111/JOFO.12248

Seress, G., Vincze, E., Pipoly, I., Hammer, T., Papp, S., Preiszner, B., Bókony, V. and Liker, A. (2017) Effects of capture and video-recording on the behavior and breeding success of Great Tits in urban and forest habitats. Journal of Field Ornithology, 88(3): 299-312. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12205

Vincze, E., Seress,G., Lagisz, M., Nakagawa, S., Dingemanse N. J. &  Sprau, P. (2017) Does urbanization affect predation of bird nests? A meta-analysis. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00029

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, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx001.

Preiszner, B., Papp, S., Pipoly, I., Seress, G., Vincze, E.,  Liker, A. & Bókony, V. (2017) Problem-solving performance and reproductive success of great tits in urban and forest habitats. Animal Cognition, 20: 53-63

Vincze, E., Papp, S., Preiszner, B., Seress, G., Bókony, V. & Liker, A. (2016) Habituation to human disturbance is faster in urban than rural house sparrows. Behavioral Ecology, 27: 1304-1313.

Seress, G. & Liker, A. (2015) Habitat urbanization and its effects on birds. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 61: 373-408. DOI: 10.17109/AZH.61.4.373.2015

Vincze, E., Papp, S., Preiszner, B., Seress, G., Liker, A. & Bókony, V. (2015)
Does urbanization facilitate individual recognition of humans by house sparrows?
Animal Cognition, 18: 291-298.

Seress, G. (2015) Individual and population level effects of urbanization on house sparrows (Passer domesticus) in Hungary. PhD Thesis, University of Pannonia, Veszprém.

Seress, G., Lipovits, Á., Bókony, V. & Czúni L. (2014) Quantifying the urban gradient: A practical method for broad measurements. Landscape and Urban Planning, 131: 42-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.07.010

Bókony, V., Lendvai, Á.Z., Vágási, I.Cs., Pătraş, L., Pap, P.L., Németh, J., Vincze, E., Papp, S., Preiszner, B., Seress, G. & Liker, A. (2014) Necessity or capacity? Physiological state predicts problem-solving performance in house sparrows. Behavioral Ecology, 25: 124-135. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/art094

Pipoly, I., Bókony, V., Seress, G., Szabó, K. & Liker, A. (2013) Effects of Extreme Weather on Reproductive Success in a Temperate-Breeding Songbird. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e80033. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080033

Seress G., Bókony V., Pipoly I., Szép T., Nagy K. & Liker A. (2012) Urbanization, nestling growth and reproductive success in a moderately declining house sparrow population. Journal of Avian Biology, 43: 1-12. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.05527.x

Bókony V., Seress G., Nagy S., Lendvai Á.Z. & Liker A. (2012) Multiple indices of body condition reveal no negative effect of urbanization in adult house sparrows. Landscape and Urban Planning, 104: 75-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.10.006

Seress, G., Bókony, V., Heszberger, J. & Liker, A. (2011) Response to predation risk in urban and rural house sparrows. Ethology, 117: 896-907. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.01944.x

Seress, G., Szabó, K., Nagy, D., Liker, A. & Pénzes, Z. (2007) Extra-pair paternity of Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) in a semi-urban population. Tiscia 36: 17-21. http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/10112/1/tiscia_036_017-021.pdf

Other papers:

Ágh, N. & Seress, G. Urbanizálódó madarak viselkedése – Városi vagányok [in Hungarian] Természetbúvár (2020), 3: 40-42

Ágh, N. & Seress, G. Az urbanizáció és a széncinegék – fiókanevelés az erdőben és a nagyvárosban [in Hungarian] Természetbúvár (2019), 5: 46-48

Lipovits, Á., Czúni, L., Seress, G. A Tool for Quantifying the Urban GradientATINER’S Conference Paper Series (2015), No: PLA2015-1709. ISSN: 2241-2891 https://www.atiner.gr/papers/PLA2015-1709.pdf

Czúni, L., Seress, G., Lipovits, Á., Bókony, V. Városiasodó világ – A műholdak és verebek szemszögéből [in Hungarian] Természetbúvár (2014), 69: 42-44

Pipoly, I., Preiszner, B., Seress, G., Vincze, E., Liker, A. Éghajlatváltozás erdőn, mezőn: a vadon élő állatok kutatásának tanulságai [in Hungarian] Iskolakultúra (2014) 11-12: 103-114

Czúni, L., Lipovits, Á.,  Seress, G. Estimation of Urbanization Using Visual Features of Satellite Images Proceedings of the AGILE’2012 International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Avignon (2012) https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b48f/078b963cf6985090dbd196bfbae7b9fed7ad.pdf