Last updated: 2011. febr. 2.

Curriculum vitae


I. Personal details

Born: 17. October 1975., Oradea, Romania
Address: 400290 Cluj-Napoca, Donáth str. 23/M3/20., Romania
Employment: lecturer, Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Marital status: married
Telephone: +40-721-726105
E-mail: mbalint3@yahoo.com
Research domain: ant ecology and faunistics, behavioural ecology of social insects, ecology of terrestrial arthropods
Language skills: Hungarian – mother tongue, Romanian – fluent, English – fluent, German – fairly good, French – basic

 

II. Studies

  • 1990-1994: high-school, Bolyai Farkas Theoretical Highschool, chemistry-biology profile (Tîrgu Mureş, Romania);
  • 1994-1998: B.Sc., Biology profile, Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Hungarian line of study (Cluj-Napoca, Romania).
  • 1998-2001: Ph.D., University of Szeged, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Ecology, Conservation Ecology Ph.D.-programme (Szeged, Hungary). The Ph.D.-thesis was defended in November 2005 Summa cum laude. The title of the thesis: Plasticity of foraging strategy in non-territorial ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Scientific supervisor: Prof. Dr. László Gallé.

 

III. Scientific carreer

  • 1998-2002: preparator, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania);
  • 2002-2005: assistant lecturer, Department of Zoology (later on Department of Taxonomy and Ecology), Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania);
  • 2005- ...: lecturer, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

IV. Research domain: ant ecology and faunistics, behavioural ecology of social insects, ecology of terrestrial arthropods

 

V. Scientific activity

  • 1995: member of the Evaluation of the ecological state of the Crişul-Repede/Sebes-Körös river research programme run by Liga Pro Europa (Tîrgu-Mureş, RO) and Club Tisza (Szolnok, HU), project leader: dr. Sárkány-Kiss Andrei;
  • 1996: member of the Evaluation of the ecological state of the Someş/Szamos river research programme run by Liga Pro Europa (Tîrgu-Mureş, RO) and Club Tisza (Szolnok, HU), project leader: dr. Sárkány-Kiss Andrei;
  • 1996-1998: leader of the Arthropod communities of the Fânaţe Reserve research programme run by the Eco Studia Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 1998-2000: leader of the Arthropod communities of Eastern Carpathian marshes research programme run by the Eco Studia Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 1999-2000: member of the Habitat networks of the Hungarian Plain project run by the Dept. of Ecology, University of Szeged, project leader: dr. prof. László Gallé (Szeged, HU);
  • 2001: leader of the Intra- and intercolonial genetical plasticity of common ants: the effect of habitat type and geographical distribution project financed by the Romanian Research, Technical and Innovative Agency (A.N.S.T.I., grant no. B27/6203) at the Dept. of Zoology, Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2003: member of the The importance of computer-based data processing and database building in the analysis of distribution of different insect groups research programme financed by the Sapientia Fund’s Research Institute at the Department of Zoology, Babeş-Bolyai University, project leader: dr. Lujza Ujvárosi (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2004-2006: member of the Molecular taxonomy and population ecology studies on a few protected butterfly, ant, and reptile species living in xerotherm habitats research programme financed by the Romanian National University Research Council (C.N.C.S.I.S. grant no. 45/379) at the Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Babeş-Bolyai University, project leader: dr. László Rákosy (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2004-2006: member of the Invasive plant and insect species in Romania – prevention and control research programme financed by Romanian National University Research Council (C.N.C.S.I.S., grant no. 370) at the Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Babeş-Bolyai University, project leader: dr. Laura Momeu (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2006-2008: member of the Romanian Carpathians: speciation centres or barriers during postglacial speciation and isolation processes in the case of specific insect groups, morphometrical and molecular evidences research programme financed by the Romanian National University Research Council (C.N.C.S.I.S., grant no. 31/1342) at the Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Babeş-Bolyai University, project leader: dr. Lujza Ujvárosi (Cluj-Napoca, RO).
  • 2007-2009: member of the Izolation and speciation processes in specific insect groups in the Carpathian Basin. Morphological, ecological and genetic differentiations. (Izolarea şi speciaţia la unele grupe de insecte din bazinul carpatic. Diferenţieri morfologice, ecologice şi genetice.) research programme (ID-552 IDEI PNII) at the Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Babeş-Bolyai University, project leader: prof. dr. László Rákosy (Cluj-Napoca, RO).



VI. Teaching activity at the Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Faculty of Biology and Geology, Department of Taxonomy and Ecology:

  • Invertebrate Zoology lab courses (B.Sc., compulsory course, 1. semester)
  • Introduction to Biology course and seminar (B.Sc., compulsory course, 1. semester)
  • Animal preparation and collection lab course (B.Sc., facultative, 4. semester)
  • General Entomology course and lab course (B.Sc., optional, 6. semester)
  • Sociobiology course and seminar (M.Sc., compulsory, 2. semester)

VII. Scientific honours

Research scholarships

  • January 2006: HU-TAF 1591, Synthesys EU FP6 research fellowship, Budapest, Hungary, Hungarian Natural History Museum
  • September 2006: AT-TAF 2011, Synthesys EU FP6 research fellowship, Wien, Austria, Natural History Museum (NHMW)
  • November-December 2006: PL-TAF 2010, Synthesys EU FP6 research fellowship, Warsaw, Poland, Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • November-December 2007: PL-TAF 3066, Synthesys EU FP6 research fellowship, Warsaw, Poland, Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

 

VIII. Membership (Professional Societies / Editorial Board of Scientific Journals)

Societies:

  • “Apáthy István” Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO)
  • Hungarian Entomological Society (Budapest, HU)
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Central-European Section
  • Romanian Lepidopterological Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO)
  • Transylvanian Museum Association (Cluj-Napoca, RO)

 

Journals:

  • 1998-2001: editor of the Collegium Biologicum scientific journal, edited by the Transylvanian Museum Association (Cluj-Napoca, RO)
  • 2006- ...: managing editor of the Acta Scientiarium Transylvanica - Múzeumi Füzetek scientific journal, edited by the Transylvanian Museum Association (Cluj-Napoca, RO)

IX. Language skills

  • Hungarian – mother tongue
  • Romanian – fluent
  • English – fluent
  • German – fairly good
  • French – basic