+   Jenő Ponyi - Scientific Adviser

Jenő Ponyi MSc, Ph.D., DSc
scientific adviser
Institute Building A, room 102
tel: +36 87 448244 ext №123
fax: +36 87 448006

Research Area
Research Description
Selected Publications

Major Projects
Travel, work abroad



Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Sciences
Degree in zoology


Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Sciences


Qualified for an academic degree:
Candidate of Biological Sciences


Qualified for an academic degree:
Doctor of Biological Sciences

Work Experience

Worked at the Zoological Department of the National Museum and at the Faculty of Zoological Taxonomy and Ecology

1957 - present

Has worked at the Balaton Limnological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (former Biological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a/an (in chronological order):
- Assistant research fellow
- Research fellow
- Senior research fellow
- Head of Department of Hydrobiology
- Deputy Scientific Director
Currently as: Scientific adviser

  Research Area

Hydrobiology, zoo-monitoring of lakes and currents, taxonomy and ecology of Crustacea

  Research Description

Current survey primarily involves streams and currents flowing into Lake Balaton and the hot spring lake in Hévíz. Research has a double purpose: 

1) Revealing of the yet unknown or hardly known fauna and 

2) working out the zoo-monitoring system as well as the registration of ecological changes occurring in the water bodies.

  Selected Publications

Ponyi, J. E. (1957): Untersuchung über die Crustaceen der Wässerpflanzenbestände im Plattensee. – Arch. Hydrobiol. 53: 537-551. (1,186)

Fernando, C. H., Ponyi, J. E. (1981): The freeliving fresh water cyclopoid Copepoda (Crustacea) of Malaysia and Singapore. – Hydrobiologia 78: 113-123. (0,659)

Ponyi, J. E., Péter, I., Zánkai, N. P. (1982): Daily changes in population structure and production of Eudiaptomus gracilis (G. O. Sars) (Copepoda, Calanoida) during summer in a shallow lake (Balaton, Hungary). – J. Plankton Res. 4: 913-926. (1,259)

Ponyi, J. E., Zánkai, N. P. (1982): Population Dynamics, Biomass and Biomass Production of Eudiaptomus gracilis (G. O. Sars) in Two Water Areas of Differing Trophic State of Lake Balaton (Hungary). – Acta Hydrochim. Hydrobiol. 10: 597-610. (0,629)

Ponyi, J. E., Tátrai, I., Frankó, A. (1983): Quantitative studies on Chironomidae and Oligochaeta in the benthos of Lake Balaton. – Arch Hydrobiol. 97: 196-207. (1,186)

Présing, M., Ponyi, J. E. (1986): Studies on the acute and chronic effect of a 2,4-D-containing herbicide (Dukonirt) on Eudiptomus gracilis (G. O. Sars) (Crustace, Copepoda). – Arch. Hydrobiol. 106: 275-286. (1,186)

Zánkai, P. N., Ponyi, J. E. (1986): Composition, density and feeding of crustacean zooplankton community in a shallow, temperate lake (Lake Balaton, Hungary). – Hydrobiologia 135: 131-147. (0,659)

Ponyi, J. E. (1992): The distribution and biomass of Unionidae (Mollusca, Bivalvia), and the production of Unio tumidus Retzius in Lake Balaton (Hungary). – Arch. Hydrobiol. 125: 245-251. (1,186)

Ponyi, J. E. (1992): Studies of the Crustacea fauna of a Hungarian hot spring (Hévíz Spa). – Zool. Jb. Syst. 119: 397-404. (0,732)

Ponyi, J. E. (1994): Abundance and feeding of wintering and migrating aquatic birds in two sampling areas of Lake Balaton in 1983-1985. – Hydrobiologia 279/280: 63-69. (0,659)

Ponyi, J. E. (1997): Cladocera and Copepoda species (Crustacea) in Lake Balaton. – Állatt. Közlem. 82: 69-80.

Ponyi, J. (1999): The state of hydrozoologycal research on the Hungarian part of Lake Fertő. – Acta Biol. Debr. Oecol. Hung. 9: 171-174.

Ponyi, J. (2001): An outline of the faunal research of Lake Balaton and the composition of its fauna. – Áéllatt. Közlem. 86: 3-13.
14. Ponyi, J. (2002): The crustacean fauna of Lake Balaton and its changes during the last century. – Állatt. Közlem. 87: 179-189.

  Major Projects

“The zoological survey of streams flowing into Lake Balaton” project financed by the Prime Minister’s Office

  Travels, work abroad

Conferences, study trips and co-operation:

Austria 1959 and 1986

Bulgaria 1974

Czechoslovakia 1959, 1969, 1989

Poland 1968, 1970, 1975

German Democratic Republic 1965

Federal Republic of Germany 1968

Romania 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

Soviet Union 1960, 1971, 1987

1986 -

Academy Award by the Board of Directors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for the successful survey of Lake Balaton

1989 -

Pro Aqua Award by the Hungarian Hydrobiological Society for achievements in Hungarian hydrobiological research

1980 -

Titular College Professor title conferred by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food for the achievements in the teaching of Hydrobiology and Appliled Hydrobiology

1993 -

Titular University Professor title conferred by the Rector of Pannon Agricultural University, Keszthely