Ádám Kun's scientific homepage

Positions

2017. July –

Research associate professor, MTA-ELTE Theoretical Biology and Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, Budapest, Hungary (part time)

2017. July –

Research associate professor, Centre for Ecological Research, Tihany, Hungary (part time)

2013. July – 2017. June

Research associate professor, MTA-ELTE-MTM Ecology Research Group, Budapest, Hungary (part time)

2012. July – 2017. June

Senior research associate, Parmenides Center for the Conceptual Foundation of Science, Münich, Germany

2013. Jan. – 2013. June

Research associate professor, Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary (part time)

2009. Feb. – 2012. June

Research associate, Parmenides Foundation, Münich, Germany

2008. July – 2012. Dec.

Research associate professor, Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

2008. June

Research assistant professor, Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

2007. Jun. – 2008. May

Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria

2004. Oct. – 2007. Sept.

Postdoctoral Fellow of the Hungarian National Science Fund

Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

2003. July. – Sept.

Postdoc, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria

2003. Nov. – 2004. Jun.

Postdoc, Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

2003. Oct.

Junior Researcher, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria

Education

30-Sept.-2003

Successful Ph.D. defence. Summa cum laude

2000 – 2003

Full time Ph.D. student of the “Evolutionary biology and Ecology” PhD program at the Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

Ph.D. Thesis: Ecology and evolution of clonal integration in heterogeneous environment

Supervisor: Dr. Beáta Oborny

2004

M.Sc. in chemistry

M.Sc. Thesis: Conservation of information in the RNA world – A statistical study of the phenotypic error threshold on a biologically based fitness-landscape

Supervisor: Prof. Eörs Szathmáry and Dr. Éena Jakó

2000

M.Sc. in biology

M.Sc. Thesis: The advantage of resource sharing in clonal plants - a Cellular Automata Model

Supervisor: Dr. Beáta Oborny

1997 – 2003

Full time undergraduate student of chemistry at Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

1995 - 2000

Full time undergraduate student of biology at Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

1996

B.Sc. in Computer Science, Kálmán Kandó Technical College, Budapest, Hungary

1995

High school degree, ELTE Radnóti Miklós Gyakorló Iskola, Budapest, Hungary

Research interests and publication

OrcID

Evolution of cooperation, origin of life, RNA world, ribozymes, landscape ecology, Spatial ecology, clonal plants, cellular automata modeling, spatially explicit models.

The results of my researches are published in 25 international scientific papers and 5 book chapters. I have also authored an university textbook on evolutionary biology, and co-authored an university textbook on ecology; and wrote 2 popular science papers. The cumulative impact factor of my publications is 134.709; and I have received 412 independent citations to them.

Membership and conference organisation

  • Organizer, SysChem 2017 Conference (COST CM1304 Action), 11-15 Sept., 2017., Sopron, Hungary
  • Organizer, 4th International Conference on Code Biology, 22-26 May, 2017, Kőszeg, Hungary
  • Member of the Managing Committee, COST CM1304 Action: Emergence and Evolution of Complex Chemical Systems (2013-2017)
  • Lake Balaton Meeting on Systems Chemistry, Badacsony, May 8-12 (2013) scientific secretary
  • Co-organizer of the COST CM0703 Action: Systems Chemistry Annual Meeting (2009)
  • Scientific secretary of the ESF Systems Chemistry II Conference at Balatonfüred, October 2009.
  • Member of the Managing Committee, COST CM0703 Action: Systems Cemistry
  • Member of the Organizing Committee, VII. Hungarian Ecological Congress (2006)
  • Member of the Program Committee, Evolutionary Biology and Theoretical Biology Ph.D. Program.

 

Courses and grants

  • Bioinformatic Course, Utrecht University, Theoretical Biology Department, Sept.-Oct. 1999.
  • Young Scientist Summer Program 2001, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. June-August 2001 [funded by the European Science Foundation]
  • 4th Winter School on Population Dynamics. Woudschoten, the Netherlands. January 2002
  • Research fellow at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis, Laxenburg (IIASA), Austria. Marc-April 2002, August 2002, November 2003
  • Individual course on the Vienna RNA Package. Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria. February 2003 [founded by ESF-COST D27]
  • Hungarian Eötvös Fellowship. Ecology Department, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherland. October – December 2004
  • Junior Fellow at Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest. January – May 2005; Marc, April and August 2006; February – April 2007.
  • Fellow at Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest. November, 2009
  • Research fellowship at the Parmenides Foundation, Münich, Germany. Feb. 2009 - May 2012
  • Invited researcher (part time), International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. June 2012 - Dec 2012
  • János Bolyai Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2015
  • Supervisor at the Young Scientist Summer Program, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. Summer of 2013

Refereeing and reviewing

Journal Articles: Acta Botanica Gallica (1), American Journal of Botany (1), Animal Behaviour (1), Biology Direct (1), BioSystems (1), Community Ecology (2), Computer methods and programs in biomedicine (1), Ecography (2), Ecological Modelling (4), Ecology (1), Evolutionary Ecology (2), IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (1), IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (1), ISRN Evolutionary Biology (4), Journal of Applied Statistics (1), Journal of Ethology (1), Journal of Molecular Evolution (1), Journal of Theoretical Biology (15), Life (2), PeerJ (1), Physica D (1), Plant Ecology (1), PLoS Computational Biology (1), PLoS ONE (1), Journal of the Royal Society Interface (3), Journal of Systems Chemistry (1), OIKOS (1)
Grant applications: OTKA, Hungary (2), ANR, France (1)

Courses taught

  • Evolutionary Biology (2005,2009-)
  • Evolutionary Biology and Zoology (2009-)
  • General Ecology (2009-2016)
  • Biostatistics (2010-)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming for Biologists (1999-2003, 2005-2007,2009-)
  • Numerical Methods and Computer Simulations (2001-2002, 2005-2006, 2009-)
  • Integrative biology (2006, 2012-)
  • Trends in biology (2014-)
  • Biometry (2000-2002, 2005-2006, 2008-2011)
  • Introduction to Biology (2005-2009)
  • Cellular automata modelling (1999-2000)
  • Invited speaker, Szent István University (Hungary), „Actual questions in biology” course (2005-2014)
  • Invited speaker, Radboud University Nijmgen (the Netherlands), „Communication and integration in biological systems” course (2004)
  • Invited speaker. Third European PhD Complexity School: “Evolution in biological systems: from molecules to life and language”. ISI Foundation, Villa Gualino, Torino, Italy (February 4th-8th, 2008.)
  • Invited speaker. TECT-INCORE Final School, “Cooperation since life began”. Dobogókő, Hungary (Sept. 11-15, 2010)
  • Supervisor at the Young Scientist Summer Program, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. Summer of 2013
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