+   Péter Bíró - Research Professor

Péter Bíró MSc, Ph.D., DSc
Ordinary member of HAS
research professor
Institute Building A, room 
tel: +36 87 448244 ext №104
fax: +36 87 448006

Research Description
Selected Publications
Major Projects
Travel, work abroad


Dr. Péter Bíró
(Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of Hydrobiology) Ordinary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


8th May 1943, Újfehértó (Hungary)

Nationality & citizenship:


Marital status:

Widower (since 1997), 3 daughters (23, 27, 28 yrs)


English (good) and Russian (read and speak).


Research Professor, Team leader (ichthyology & invertebrates)

1962 - 1967 -

University of Debrecen (Hungary), studies on biology-chemistry and specialization for biology-hydrobiology (M.Sc.)

1971 -

Ph.D. thesis, University of Debrecen

1977 -

C.Sc. thesis, Hung. Acad. Sci.

1992 -

D.Sc. thesis, Hung. Acad. Sci.

2000 -

Habil. Professor in Hydrobiology, University of Debrecen.

1982 - 1991

Deputy director (BLRI, Tihany); Head of the Dept. of Hydrobiology;

1973 - present

Member of the Council of European Union of Ichthyology (Societas Europaeus Ichthyologorum - SEI);

1973 - 1985

Secretary, Biol. Board of Veszprém Committee (VEAB) Hung. Acad. Sci.;

1976 - 1980

Project leader "Development of fish production of natural waters in Hungary" (Ministry of Food and Agriculture);

1979 - present

Advisory Board member, Fisheries Res. Inst. (Szarvas);

1980 - present

Member of the Council of Hydrobiology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1980 - present

Secretary, Hungarian National Committee for the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS);

1980 - 1990

Member of the Council of Ecology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1984 - present

Registrated member of the FAO Advisory Board (Fisheries);

1985 - 1990

President, Section of Ecology and Systematics (VEAB);

1985 - present

Editorial Board member, Aquacultura Hungarica (Szarvas);

1985 - 1988

Executive Secretary of SEI;

1985 - 1990

Member of the Council of Population Biology and Evolution, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

1986 - present

Registrated member of the Advisory Board of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Species Survival Group (Fishes);

1986 - present

Habil. lecturer (Univ. Debrecen);

1988 - present

Honorary member of SEI;

1990 - present

Advisory Board member, Fisheries and Game, Ministry of Food and Agriculture;

1990 - present

President, Hungarian Limnological Society;

1990 - 1992

Advisory Council member, World Fisheries Congress;

1991 - present

Editorial Board member, Annales de Limnologie (Toulouse, France);


Advisory Board member, Developments of Fisheries, Ministry of Food and Agriculture;

1993 - present

Member of the Council of Zoology, Hung. Acad. of Sci.

1993 - present

President of the Council of Hydrobiology, Hung. Acad. Sci.;

1993 - 2001

Advisory Board member, Section of Biological Sci., Hung. Acad. Sci.;

1993 - present

President, Section of Hydrology and Aquatic Environmental Protection, Veszprém Committee of Hung. Acad, Sci. (VEAB);

1994 - 2000

International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) Executive Committee, Alternate member; 1997-2000 Voting member;

1994 - 1997

European Union of Ichthyology (EUI), Vice President;

1994 - 2001

Elected member of D.Sc. Board to the General Assembly of the Hungarian Acad. Sci.

1994 - 2001

Member of Habilitation Committee, Pannon Agricultural University, Keszthely;

1994 - present

Member of Ph.D. Committee, Lajos Kossuth University (Ecology), Debrecen;

1995 - 1998

Curatorium of Life Sciences, Hung. Acad. Sci. (member);

1997 -

Member of the Council of Ecology, Hung. Acad. of Sci.

1997 -

Member of ther Council of Animal-breeding Sciences, Agricultural University, Gödöllő;

1997 -

Curatorium of High Education, Research and Development (jury-member);

1998 -

Széchenyi Professorial Scholarship (biology, college- member);

1998 -

János Bolyai Research Fund (biology, college-member);

1998 -

IUBS-SCOPE-UNESCO-ICSU-IGBP-IUMS DIVERSITAS, Inland Water Biodiversity Scientific Co-ordinating Committee member

1998 -

GATE (Gödöllő), Dept. of Tropics and Subtropics, Ph.D. Program Committee, founding member

1999 -

KLTE TTK Doctor Committee and Habilitation Committee member

1999 -

BIODIVERSITAS Hungarian National Committee, Vice Chairman

1999 -

OTKA College in Life Sciences, Jury on Supraindividual biology (5 July 1999 - 31 May 2002), member

2000 -

Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management (Elsevier), Editorial Advisory Board member

1999 -

SCOPE Hungarian National Committee, member

2001 -

Corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (7 May 2001)

2002 -

Editorial Board member, Electronic Journal of Icthyology (European Ichthyological Society)

2003 -

Hungarian National Committee for IUBS (Chairman)

2002 -

Veszprém Committee of Hung. Acad, Sci. (VEAB) (Vice-President).

  • International Limnological Association (SIL);

  • Societas Europeaus Ichthyologorum (SEI);

  • Hungarian Limnological Association;

  • Hungarian Agricultural Association;

  • International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS).

  • Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

1979 - present

Lecturer in fish ecology, University of Debrecen;

1985 - present

Lecturer in "Fisheries management of lakes and reservoirs", Agricultural University, Dept. of Tropics and Subtropics, Gödöllő;

1994 -

Invited lecturer to the Dept. of Limnology, University of Vienna.

1996 - 1997

Lecturer in Hydrobiology, Dept. of Biology, University of Veszprém

1997 -

Lecturer in Hydrobiology, University of Istanbul, Turkey

2002 -

Lecturer in Ph.D. program "Environmental protection" of Central European University

2003 -

Lecturer in Hydrobiology, University of Pécs.

  Research Description

Ichthyology, limnology, ecology (food and feeding, population dynamics, exploitation of fish stocks, lake management, experimental physiology of fish, biodiversity, trophic relationships, modelling of population dynamics and food-webs). He revealed the population dynamics and biological role of pikeperch, the top predator of Lake Balaton, together with the other fish species. He cleared up and quantitatively analyzed the trophic relationships of organisms inhabiting the open waters and littoral region of Lake Balaton, described the global matter- and energy turnover in the lake and the contribution of fish fauna in it. He described the long-term changes taken place in the fish stock and its environmental circumstances, as well as their biological responses. He introduced new methods to the Balaton research, especially for trophic interrelationships, for the description of internal-external regulating mechanisms of populations and for modelling of energy flux along the food-webs. Recently fish species-assemblages in a high number of inflowing waters at the drainage area of Lake Balaton have been described.

  Selected Publications

182 scientific papers (together with Abstracts, short communications and popular writings, over 244), editor of 2 books, co-editor of 12 books, co-author of 29 books, author of 4 university lecture notes (1979, 1987, 1993, 1999).

Bíró P. (1977): Effects of exploitation, introductions, and eutrophication on percids in Lake Balaton. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada 34(10): 1678-1683.

Bíró P. (1983): On the dynamics of fish populations in Lake Balaton. Roczniki Nauk Rolniczych seria H.T. 100z, 55-64.

Bíró P. (1984): Lake Balaton: A shallow Pannonian water in the Carpathian Basin. Ecosystems of the World 29, Lakes and Reservoirs. pp. 231-245. Ed. by F.B. Taub, Elsevier Sci. Publ. B.V. Amsterdam.

Bíró P. (1985): Dynamics of pike-perch, Stizostedion lucioperca (L.) in Lake Balaton. Internat. Revue der ges. Hydrobiol. (Berlin) 70: 471-490.

Bíró P. & L. Vörös (1988): Relationship between the yield of bream (Abramis brama L.), chlorophyll-a concentration and shore length/water area ratio in Lake Balaton. Aquaculture and Fisheries Management 19: 53-61.

Bíró P. & L. Vörös (1990): Trophic relationships between primary producers and fish yields in Lake Balaton. Hydrobiologia 191: 213-221. Trophic Relationships in Inland Waters, Eds. Bíró P. & J.F. Talling. Developments in Hydrobiology 53. Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht-Boston-London.

Bíró P. (1990): Population parameters and yield-per-recruit estimates for pikeperch (Stizostedion lucioperca L.) in Lake Balaton, Hungary. pp. 248-261. In: W.L.T. Van Densen, B. Steinmetz & R.H. Hughes (Eds.) Management of Freshwater Fisheries. Proceedings of a symposium organized by the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission, Goteborg, Sweden, 31 May-3 June 1988. Pudoc, Wageningen.

Bíró P. (1995): Management of eutrophication of lakes to enhance fish production. pp. 81-96. In: R. De Bernardi & G. Giussani (Eds.) Guidelines of Lake Management Vol. 7., Biomanipulation in Lakes and Reservoir Management. ILEC/UNEP, Hanroku Type Ltd., Otsu, Japan.

Bíró P. (1995): Management of pond ecosystems and trophic webs, pp. 373-386. In: R. Billard & G.A.E. Gall (Eds.) The Carp. The Proceedings of the second Aquaculture-sponsored Symposium hels in Budapest, Hungary, 6-9 September 1993. Aquaculture 129., Elsevier.

Bíró P. (1997): Temporal variation in Lake Balaton and its fish populations. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 6: 196-216.

Specziár A., L. Tölg & P. Bíró (1997): Feeding strategy and growth of cyprinids in the littoral zone of Lake Balaton. J. Fish Biol. 51: 1109-1124.

Bíró P. (1998): Biodiversity of freshwater food-webs: what can they teach us? pp. 65-83. In: C.H. Chou & K.T. Shao (eds.). Frontiers in Biology: The Challanges of Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture. Academia Sinica, Taipei.

Bíró P. (2000): Long-term changes in Lake Balaton and its fish populations. pp. 599-613. In: Andrew Rossiter & Hiroya Kawanabe (eds.) Biology of Ancient Lakes: Humans, Culture and Biodiversity. Advances in Ecological Research, Vol. 31. Academic Press, London.

Bíró P. (2001): Freshwater Biodiversity: An outlook of objectives, achievements, research fields and co-operation. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 4(3): 251-261.

  Major Projects

- Human Impacts on Life in Fresh Waters, Tihany 7-9 September 1977 (co-organizer); Salánki J. & P. Bíró (eds.): Symposia Biologica Hungarica 19., Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1979., p. 223.

- XXIInd General Assembly of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), 1-7 September, 1985, Budapest, Hungary (co-organizer)

- International Symposium on Trophic Relationships in Inland Waters, Tihany, 1-4 September 1987 (organizer); Bíró P. & J.F. Talling (eds.): Trophic Relationships in Inland Waters. Development of Hydrobiology 53., Kluwer Acad. Publ. Dordrecht/Boston/London, 1990., p.340.

- Third International Conference on the Consevation and Management of Lakes "Balaton '88". Keszthely, 11-17 September 1988 (co-organizer);

- Sixth Congress of European Ichthyologists, Budapest, 15-19 August 1988 (organizer);

- EIFAC/FAO Workshop on Fish Farm Effluents, Tihany, 7-10 May 1991 (organizer).

- Aquaculture Sponsored Symposium on the Carp. 6-9 September, 1993, Budapest, Hungary (Scientific Board member, invited speaker)

- ILEC/UNEP International Training Course on Limnological Bases of Lake Management, May 24-June 5, 1993, Tihany, Hungary (co-organizer, lecturer)

- ILEC/UNEP International Training Course on Limnological Bases of Lake Management, 11-23 October 1993, Tihany, Hungary (organizer, lecturer, co-editor of Limnological Bases of Lake Management (Eds. J. Salánki & P. Bíró). Proc. ILEC/UNEP Internat. Training Course, ILEC, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan, p. 233);

- IUBS International Workshop on Freshwater Biodiversity, Balatonfüred 24-28. August, 1996.

  Travels, work abroad

Poland (Olsztyn, Inst. of Fisheries 1969, 2 mo; Dziekanow, Inst. of Ecology, 1975, 2 weeks), USSR (Limnological/Zoological Institutes, Moscow, Borok, Leningrad, Kiev, 1970, 2 month; Moscow, 1979, 1 mo; Inst. of Inland Waters, Borok, 1981, 2 weeks), Canada (Invited lecturer, Quetico Park Centre; Institutes of Limnology, Halifax/Dartmouth, Winnipeg; Universities of Toronto & Ottawa, 1976, 1 mo), Sweden (Inst. of Limnology, Uppsala; Stockholm University, 1980, 1982, 1 mo; Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, 1987, 1 week), England (British Council, Bristol University, R.U.C.A.R. 1983, 3 mo; 1989, 1 mo), France (E.N.S.A.T., Toulouse, 1984, 1 mo), Iraq (Biological Centre, Baghdad, 1984, 1 mo), Czechoslovakia (Inst. of Ecology & Ecocoziology, Bratislava, 1986, 2 weeks), Germany (Invited lecturer, Universities of Kiel/Hamburg, 1986), Australia (Acad. of Sci., Canberra, 1988, 2 weeks), Egypt (Universities and Institutes of Limnology, Cairo, Aswan, Alexandria, 1989, 1 mo), USA (NAS, Museum of Natural Hist., Washington D.C.; Center for Limnology, Madison (lecturer); University of California, Davies, Tahoe; College of Fisheries, Seattle, 1990, 2 mo), Turkey (Invitation from the Governor of Ankara, Mogan, 1991, 1 week), Austria (Invitation, Institute for Limnology Lunz, 1992; University of Vienna, 1994, 1 week), Brazil (Universities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1995, 2 weeks), USA (USNC/IUBS Committee Meeting, Washington DC), The Netherlands (Agricult. Univ. Wageningen, 1998, 1 week).

International Congresses:

Sarajevo (1973, 1st Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Paris (1976, 2nd Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Quetico, Canada (1976, Internat. PERCIS Symposium); Copenhagen (1977, Internat. Congress of Limnology, SIL); Warsaw (1979, 3rd Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Sofia (1979, 1984, Internat. Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Helsinki (1979, General Assembly, IUBS); Riga (1980, Internat. Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Praha (1981, Meeting of National Committees, IUBS); Warsaw (1981, Internat. Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Hamburg (1982, 4th Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Praha (1982, Internat Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Lyon (1983, Internat. Congress of Limnology, SIL); Bucharest (Meeting of National Committees, IUBS); Baghdad (1984, 2nd Hungarian-Iraqi Seminar on Aquatic Life); Stockholm (1985, 5th Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Halle (1986, Internat. Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Stockholm/Abisco (1987, Hungarian Days of Science in Sweden, Acad. Sci.); Canberra (1988, General Assembly, IUBS); Novgorod (1988, Internat. Workshop on Global Environmental Monitoring); Munich (1989, Internat Congress of Limnology, SIL); Den Hague (1991, 7th Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Amsterdam (1991, General Assembly, IUBS); Barcelona (1992, Internat. Congress of Limnology, SIL); Lunz/Vienna (1992, MAB/UNESCO Symposium on Land/Inland Water-Fish Ecotones); Oviedo (1994, 8th Congress of European Ichthyology, SEI); Paris (1994, General Assembly, IUBS); Sao Paulo (1995, Internat. Congress of Limnology, BRASIL); Budapest (1996, ICSEB V., Fifth International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology); Trout Lake Station, Wisconsin USA (1996, Internat. Workshop on Ice Phenology of Lakes); Biwako, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (1997, Internat Conference on Ancient Lakes: their Biological and Cultural Diversities, ICAL '97); Lunteren, The Netherlands (1998, SCOPE Committee on Soil and Sediment Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (SSBEF Workshop). SCOPE-UNESCO Workshop; Párizs (1998) - UNESCO IBOY Workshop; Sao Pedro (1999, Brazilia) - IUBS Workshop és Executive Committee meeting -invited lecturer; Nainital (1999, India) Internat. Conference on Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems: Health, Management and Conservation - invited plenary lecturer; IUBS Paris, Workshop on Freshwater Biodiversity (1999); Melbourne (2001 Australia) 28th SIL Congress; Prague (2001, 10th Congress of European Ichthyology).

1975, 1977, 1980 -

Research Prizes, Hung.Acad.Sci.

1987 -

Academic Prize

1997 -

Istanbul University (1997. Plaque: "1997-1998 Ögretim Yili Açiliş Töreni")

1999 -

"Pro Aqua", Hungarian Hydrological Society

2002 -

Ferenc Schafarzik medal, Hungarian Hydrological Society