Gabor Lövei

Senior Researcher

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Gabor L Lövei

Senior Researcher

  • Department of Agroecology - Crop Health
Postal address:
Forsøgsvej 1


Phone: +4587158224

Curriculum Vitae

Personal information:


New Zealand & Hungarian Permanent resident in Denmark

Private address:

Den Gamle Rytterskole

Præstebakken 1, Gimlinge

DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark

Tel.: +45 – 5818 5344

Work address: Aarhus University Department of Agroecology Flakkebjerg Research Centre Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark Tel.: +45 – 8715 8224        Fax: +45 – 8715 6082 E-mail:


Higher education & degrees:

1971‑1976 Attila József University, Faculty of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary

1976          M.Sc. (Biology) Attila József University, Szeged, Hungary

1978          Ph.D. (Zoology), Attila József University, Szeged, Hungary. Thesis: The migration of                  warblers (Sylvia and Phylloscopus spp.) in Hungary. Grade: summa cum laude

1992          Candidate of Biological Sciences (Ecology), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest,                  Hungary

2009          Doctor of Biological Sciences, DSc (Ecology), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest,                  Hungary

2010          Habilitation (Dr. habil.) in Environmental Sciences, University of Debrecen, Hungary


Language skills:

Hungarian (mother tongue). English (excellent), Italian (excellent), Danish (medium), German (medium), Russian (basic).


Positions held:

2013- Present: Minjiang Distinguished Visiting Professorial Chair, Institute of Applied Ecology, Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University, Fuzhou, China.

2010- Present: Adjunct Professor, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Plant Protection, Beijing, China.

1998 - Present: Senior Scientist, Aarhus University, (earlier: Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Integrated Pest Management; 1998-2007 Danish Inst Agric Sci), Research Centre Flakkebjerg, Slagelse, Denmark

1994 - 1998 Scientist, Horticulture Research Institute of New Zealand, Ltd., Plant Improvement Division, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1989 - 1994 Scientist, Pastoral Agriculture Research Institute Ltd. (until 1992 MAF Technology), Horticultural Research Centre, Levin & Flock House Agricultural Centre, Bulls, New Zealand.

1983‑1984 Guest Associate Professor, International Institute of Genetics & Biophysics, Naples, Italy.

1978‑1989 Associate Research Scientist (1978-1982) & Research Scientist (1982-1989), Dept. of Zoology, Plant Protection Institute, Budapest, Hungary.

1976‑1978 Research Assistant, Dept. of Zoology, JozsefA.University, Szeged, Hungary.


Current research interests:

  • Agroecology & sustainable agriculture, esp. pesticide‑free and organic cultivation systems
  • Biosafety: ecology of genetically modified organisms, esp. effects on tri‑trophic interactions
  • Conservation biology, esp. conservation in managed areas and cities
  • Urban ecology, effects of urbanisation on biodiversity, and ecosystem services
  • Invasion ecology; interactions between invaders and native species
  • Ecology of feeding in predatory arthropods (preferences, tri-trophic interactions, consequences of feeding decisions, biological control)
  • Biological control by generalist natural enemies and habitat manipulation
  • Biodiversity theory
  • Bionomics, behaviour and ecology of beneficial arthropods (ground beetles, spiders, hover flies)
  • Ecology and behaviour of small birds: wintering, stopover and migration
  • Scientific writing and communication; new methods of graphical data analysis
  • Ethics and philosophy of conservation and valuing  nature

Publication activity:

112 peer-reviewed papers, 32 peer-reviewed conference proceedings papers, 20 book chapters & book editorships, 64 scientific reports and opinions, 42 non-peer-reviewed and popular papers.

No. of citations to publications: 3163 (Google Scholar, June 2015)

Hirsch-index: h=29 (Google Scholar, June 2015), h=24 (Web of Knowledge)


Teaching experience, lecturing and student supervision:

Long experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as in continuing education. Taught zoology, entomology, and ecology in Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Denmark, China, and various African countries; lead field expeditions and field courses in Hungary, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, East Africa, and Madagascar. Teaching rated very highly, whether in formal or informal assessments (details on request). Frequently invited to train at new locations by former participants of taught courses.

I am interested in scientific communication, and trained myself in the subject. I gave the first such course in Hungary in the 1980ies. Since then, I have held courses in this area in numerous countries, taught it in the (former) Faculty of Natural Sciences at AU since 1999, founded a non-profit organisation in Kenya to establish this training in Africa (the Training Centre in Communication, active since 2008, today has two offices in Kenya, one in Nigeria, and one in South Africa). So far, I have myself trained about 2100 students and scientists in Europe, Asia and Africa. The course is currently a PhD /MSc course at the PhDSchool at AarhusUniversity, and I am regularly invited to teach it in Europe, China and Africa.


Selected professional courses and their teaching occasions are listed below:

Agroecology and farm-scale management, MSc course, AarhusUniversity, 2010 –current

Perspectives of iRNA technology in plant protection. NOVA postgraduate course, Helsinki Oct 2015, Core teacher.

Biosafety, environmental impacts - biosafety courses in Kenya, Oct 2006, Nov 2007, Tanzania, July 2007, August 2010, Uganda Oct 2009, AGRHYMET Regional Centre, Niger, Nov 2006; Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology, Tromsø, Aug 2006, Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina, October 2012, National University of Sucre, Bolivia November 2013, AMIGA Summer School, Nitra, Slovakia Oct 2015.

Plant health risk assessment – postgraduate training course for European plant health officers – Milan, Italy (2011), Vilnius, Lithuania (2012), Sarajevo, Bosnia (2014), Lisbon, Portugal (2015), Tallin, Estonia (2015)

Ecological methodology, using the R software – CAAS Beiijng, Fujian Agric. Forestry University (2013, 2014), Centre for Ecology, Hungary (2013, 2014, 2015)

Systematic rewiew methodology, experimental design – graduate and postgraduate courses, Tropical Biology Association Field Ecology Courses (2004, 2009), European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy (2011-2012, 2013-2015)

Greek Summer School of Conservation Biology, Papingo, Greece, August 2010-current. Core teacher, Organising Committee member. Supported (2010-2012) by the EC Erasmus Life-long Education Program, and the Society for Conservation Biology.

International course in scientific drawing, illustrations and communication in taxonomy. An EU supported course in Kristineberg, Sweden, 2010 –current. Core teacher.

Tropical field ecology: Tropical Biology Association Field Course, Core teacher, Kibale National Park, Uganda, Sept 2004; Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania, Aug 2009, Madagascar, November 2012. Core teacher. Train in tropical field ecology, experimental design, biosafety. Supervision of projects by participants.

Science writing and communication - 4 universities in Hungary (St. Stephen Agricultural University, Godollo, Universities of Szeged, Pecs & Debrecen), Aarhus University, Denmark, (former) Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Flakkebjerg, Denmark; Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing (5 times), Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, Fudan University, Shanghai; Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Hainan; Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou (4 times), Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao (all in China), University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Tropical Biology Association Field Course, Uganda; Makerere University, Uganda; University of Nairobi, Kenya, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (3 times), Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina. 1995 - current

Resource management, Pest control, entomology, Insect taxonomy  (Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 1990-1998)


I have supervised 38 MSc and PhD students in Hungary, New Zealand, Denmark, Uganda, Kenya, and Italy. Member of the PhD Schools of the University of Debrecen, and Szeged, Hungary.


Apart from organising conferences (see below), I am also active in presenting scientific results to peers. Since 2008, I have given a total of 200+ talks and seminars at various conferences and institutions world-wide. I have been invited or plenary speaker at >25 international and national conferences.


I am also committed to communicating science to lay persons and have given numerous talks at science festivals, at various clubs, networks and special occasions. For 13 years I have had an intensive interaction with non-professional volunteers on field expeditions as Project Leader of the Earthwatch-supported “Old World Songbirds” project that had expeditions in Hungary, Italy and Kenya. This was a significant component of the project, but its science was also rated among the best, and was awarded a science prize (see below).


Distinctions, honours, fellowships, committee memberships (since 2000):

Hungarian Ecological Society Grand Prize for services to Hungarian ecology, Aug 2015

Panel member, EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents, Danish government representative, 2014-current

Member, Advisory Board, Center of Ecology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vacratot, Hungary, 2013-current

Danish member of Cartagena Protocol Roster of Experts, 2005 - current

Member, Colleggio dei Docenti, University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy, 2005- current

Approved PhD supervisor, University of Nairobi, Kenya & Makerere University, Uganda, 2005- current

Research Associate, NationalMuseums of Kenya, 1998- current

Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Centre, Bellagio, Italy, 2011

Honorary Professor, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 2010

Evaluation committee member, Bavarian Ministry of Research & Technology "Future Plants" program – 2010-2013

Honorary Private Professor, University of Szeged, Hungary, 2010

Member, Board of Directors, Society for Conservation Biology, Europe Section, 2008-2013

Director, Training Centre in Communication, Nairobi, Kenya 2006 – 2013

Member, Advisory Board, Balaton Limnological Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Tihany, Hungary, 2010-2012

Member, European Food Safety Authority, Plant Health Panel, Parma, Italy, 2006- 2012. Vice-Chair, 2006-2009.

IOBC Global Working Group on Transgenic Plants in IPM and Biocontrol, Co-Convener, Nov 2004- 2012

Steering Committee member, GMO ERA Project, funded by the Swiss Development Agency, 2005- 2007

Visiting Professor, FudanUniversity, Shanghai, China, May-June 2005

Earthwatch AVIVA Climate Change Research Award, 2004

Domus Hungarica Scientiarum et Artium Fellowships, Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Natural Heritage, 1999 – 2010, 2012

Visiting Scientist Fellowship, Mitrani Centre for Desert Ecology, Blaustein Institute of Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer, Israel, 2003, 2005


Research experience & grants (since 2005)

2011 – current Complex Assessment of Effects of Genetically Manipulated Plants (AMIGA); EU Framework 7 program. Partner, work package leader, member of management team. Twenty-three European research partners.

2004 – current Danglobe: Effects of urbanisation on biodiversity. Co-operative project with the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary (Z. Elek), the Universities of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy (M. Sapia, former collaborator) and Palermo, Sicily (M.Ferrante, A. Locacciato, B. Manachini), University of Helsinki (F. Vilisics), University of Debrecen, Hungary (R. Horvath, T. Magura). Project Leader. Multiple funding sources.

2011 – 2015 Training European Food Safety Authority experts and personnel, in the systematic (evidence-based) review methods. Project co-ordinator, with partners from the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation, University of Wales, Southampton University, York Health Authority (all U.K.), University of York (Canada), and Ohio State University (USA)

2010- 2015: PURE project (Pesticide use and reduction in European Farming Systems), Task leader in natural pest control module; funded by the European Community

2008-2010 – ENDURE European Centre of Excellence in plant protection. Participant & course teacher, funded by the European Community

2004 – 2011 BiosafeTrain: research capacity building in GM biosafety in East Africa. Funded by DANIDA. Co-operative project involving 6 universities & research institutes, ca. 30 persons. Project Leader.

2005 – 2006 Diversity of spiders (Araneae) in relation to a precipitation gradient in Israel.Co-operative project with Prof Y. Lubin, Mitrani Dept Desert Ecology, Ben-GurionUniversity, Sede Boker, Israel.

2003-2005 "Ecological consequences of growing transgenic plants" – Danish Inst. Agric. Sci. Competence Fund. Project Leader.

2001-2005 Assessment of environmental and economic impact of Bt-cotton for smallholder farmers in China (COTRAN) EU INCO-DEV project, (4 European + 3 Chinese co-operating partners) Scientific partner & Financial Co-ordinator.

1993 ‑ 2005 ‘Europe-Africa Songird Migration' project. Migratory bird ecology: dynamics, recurrence, fat condition in relation to migratory strategies. Funded by Earthwatch, Boston, U.S.A. Field work in Hungary 1993-2005, Italy in 1993 - 1996, 1999- 2005, Kenya, 1997 – 2005. Principal Investigator.


Extracurricular activities:

Conference/symposium Organiser (since 2005):

International Conservation Biology Conference, Montpellier, France, August 2015, Symposium Organiser

9th Hungarian Conference on Conservation Biology, “Monetarizing ecosystem services; advantages & disadvantages.” Roundtable discussion co-organiser, Nov 2014 Szeged, Hungary

2nd International Conference on Biological Invasions, Qingdao, China, 23-27 October 2013 - Organising Committee Member, Symposium Organiser

Research meeting of the Biological Invasions in Megadiverse Regions Network: "Identifying novel invasion threats for developing mega-diverse countries by horizon scanning." AarhusUniversity, Flakkebjerg, April 2013, Rockefeller Bellagio Conference Program, Bellagio, Italy, April 2013: - Convener & Organiser

3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Glasgow 2012. Organising Committee member, course trainer, roundtable organiser, chairman of sessions

NEOBIOTA 2010. International conference on invasive organisms. Copenhagen, September 2010. Organising Committee Member

9th European Entomology Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 2010. Co-organiser, Symposium “Carabid ecology”

2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, Prague 2009. Organising Committee Member

Workshop “Environmental consequences of growing GM crops in the developing countries”, Danish Development and Research Network, Copenhagen GeoCentre, 29-30 November 2007. Organising Committee Member

Symposium on “The conservation consequences of growing genetically modified plants in Europe”. 1st European Conservation Biology Conference, Eger, Hungary, 22-26 August 2006, Organiser.

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in Developing Countries, 17-18 August 2005, Eigtveds Pakhus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Copenhagen, Denmark, Org. Committee Member


Committee & editorial work:

Book Review Editor, Conservation Biology, 2015-current

Handling Editor, Conservation Biology, 2014

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biosafety (China) – 2010- current

Editorial Board/Committee member: Entomologia (scientific journal of the Italian Entomological Society), 2013- current, Journal of Integrative Agriculture (China), 2012- current; Ornis Hungarica, 1998-2010,  Open Ecology Journal, 2008 – 2011; New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 1999- 2010, New Zealand Plant Protection Society, 1993‑1995; 1997-1998

Book Review Editor: The Ecological Society of New Zealand, 1991-1996; The Ornithological Society of New Zealand 1991‑1994;

Editor: New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 1993‑1997 ('Forum' section editor); 'Notornis', the scientific journal of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 1994­1998; New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 1996‑1998

Reviewer of manuscripts for 60+ peer-reviewed journals

Assessor of scientific programs and applications for the European Community (COST and Framework programs), U.K. Ministry Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and ESPA Program, the Austrian, Bavarian (Germany), Belgian, Czech, Fårø Islands, Hungarian, Israeli, Norwegian National Science Foundations.


Membership in learned societies:

The Ecological Society of New Zealand, 1990 ­

Danish Ornithological Society, 1998 -

Society for Conservation Biology, 2003 -

Hungarian Ecological Society, 2004 -