Gábor Herczeg


Date of birth:
28.06.1978
Degrees:
MSc in Applied Zoology (2001, Szent István University)
PhD in Ecology (2006, Eötvös Loránd University)
Position:
assistant professor
E-mail:
gaborherczegcaesar.elte.hu
Phone:
+36-1-372-2500/8760

Research interests

  • Evolution of behavioural consistency (animal personalities, behavioural syndromes).
  • Adaptive divergence in nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius): the effects of predation and competition.
  • Sexual selection in European green lizards (Lacerta viridis): visual and chemical signalling.
  • Adaptive divergence in common frogs (Rana temporaria) along a latitudinal gradient.

Publications


Laine, V.N., Shikano, T., Herczeg, G., Vilkki, J., Merilä, J. (2013). Quantitative trait loci for growth and body size in the nine-spine stickleback Pungitus pungitius L. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12526
Shikano, T., Laine, V.N., Herczeg, G., Vilkki, J., Merilä, J. (2013). Genetic architecture of parallel pelvic reduction in ninespine sticklebacks. Genes, Genomes, Genetics DOI: 10.1534/g3.113.007237
Karhunen, M., Ovaskainen, O., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2013). Bringing habitat information into statistical tests of local adaptation in quantitative traits: a case staudy of nine-spined sticklebacks. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.12268
Garamszegi, L.Z., Mueller, J.C., Markó, G., Szász, E., Zsebők, S., Herczeg, G., Eens, M., Török, J. (2014). The relationship between DRD4 polymorphisms and phenotypic correlations of behaviors in the collared flycatcher. Ecology and Evolution 4:1291146-1231702.
Ab Ghani, N.I., Herczeg, G., Leinonen, T., Merilä, J. (2013). Evidence for genetic differentiation in timing of maturation among nine-spined stickleback populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:775-782.
Loehr, J., Herczeg, G., Leinonen, A., Gonda, A., Van Dongen, S., Merilä, J. (2013). Asymmetry in threespine stickleback lateral plates. Journal of Zoology 289:279-284.
Bruneaux, M., Johnston, S.E., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J., Primmer, C.R., Vasemägi, A. (2013). Molecular evolutionary and population genomic analysis of the nine-spined stickleback using a modified RAD tag approach. Molecular Ecology 22:565-582.
Herczeg, G., Ab Ghani, N.I., Merilä, J. (2013). Evolution of stickleback feeding behaviour: genetics of population divergence at different ontogenetic stages. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:955-962.
Aikio, S., Herczeg, G., Kuparinen, A., Merilä, J. (2013). Optimal growth strategies under divergent predation pressure. Journal of Fish Biology 82:318–331.
Molnár, O., Bajer, K., Mészáros, B., Török, J., Herczeg, G. (2013). Negative correlation between nuptial throat colour and blood parasite load in male European green lizards supports the Hamilton–Zuk hypothesis. Naturwissenschaften 100:551-558.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Markó, G., Herczeg, G. (2013). A meta-analysis of correlated behaviors with implications for behavioral syndromes: relationships between particular behavioral traits. Behavioral Ecology 24:1068–1080.
Gonda, A., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2013). Evolutionary ecology of intraspecific brain size variation: a review. Ecology and Evolution 3:2751–2764.
Markó, G., Azcárate, M., Hegyi, G., Herczeg, G., Laczi, M., Nagy, G., Senar, J.C., Török, J., Garamszegi, L.Z. (2013). Behavioural responses to handling stress in the Great Tit: within-individual consistency and the effect of age, sex and body condition. ORNIS HUNGARICA 21:12-25.
Saarinen, P.K., Pahlberg, J., Herczeg, G., Viljanen, M., Karjalainen, M.E., Shikano, T., Merilä, J., Donner, K. (2012). Spectral tuning by selective chromophore uptake in rods and cones of eight populations of nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). Journal of Experimental Biology 215:2760-2773.
Ab Ghani, N.I., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2012). Body size divergence in nine-spined sticklebacks: disentangling additive genetic and maternal effects. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107:521-528.
Molnár, O., Bajer, K., Török, J., Herczeg, G. (2012). Individual quality and nuptial throat colour in male European green lizards Journal of Zoology 287:233-239.(DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2012.00916.x)
Herczeg, G., Garamszegi, L.Z. (2012). Individual deviation from behavioural correlations: a simple approach to study the evolution of behavioural syndromes. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 66:161-169.
Loehr, J., Leinonen, T., Herczeg, G., O’Hara, R.B., Merilä, J. (2012). Heritability of asymmetry and lateral plate number int he threespine stickleback. PLoS ONE 7:e39843.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Kuparinen, A., Merilä, J. (2012). Contrasting growth strategies of pond versus marine populations of nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius): a combined effect of predation and competition? Evolutionary Ecology 26:109-122.
Laine, V., Primmer, C., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J., Shikano, T. (2012). Isolation and characterization of 13 new nine-spined stickleback, Pungitius pungitius, microsatellites located nearby candidate genes for behavioural variation. Annales Zoologici Fennici 49:123-128.
Gonda, A., Välimäki, K., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2012). Brain development and predation: plastic responses depend on evolutionary history. Biology Letters 8:249-252.
Välimäki, K., Herczeg, G. (2012). Ontogenetic and evolutionary effects of predation and competition on nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) body size. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 859-867.
Bajer, K., Molnár, O., Török, J., Herczeg, G. (2012). Temperature, but not available energy, affects the expression of a sexually selected ultraviolet (UV) colour trait in male European green lizards, Lacerta viridis. PLoS ONE 7(3): e34359. (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0034359)
Välimäki, K., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2012). Morphological antipredation defences in the nine-spined stickeleback: consititutive, induced or both? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107:854-866.
Trokovic, N., Herczeg, G., Ab Ghani, N.I., Shikano, T., Merilä, J. (2012). High levels of fluctuating asymmetry in isolated stickleback populations. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:115.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Markó, G., Herczeg, G. (2012). A meta-analysis of correlated behaviours with implications for behavioural syndromes: mean effect size, publication bias, phylogenetic effects and the role of mediator variables. Evolutionary Ecology 26:1213-1235.
Leinonen, T., McCairns, R.J.S., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2012). Multiple evolutionary pathways to decreased lateral plate coverage in freshwater threespine sticklebacks. Evolution 66:3866-3875.
Laine, V.N., Herczeg, G., Shikano, T., Primmer, C.R. (2012). Heterozygosity-behaviour correlations in nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) populations: contrasting effects at random and functional loci. Molecular Ecology 21:4872-4884.
Hjernquist, M.B., Söderman, F., Jönsson, K.I., Herczeg, G., Laurila, A., Merilä, J. (2012) Seasonality determines patterns of growth and age structure over a geographic gradient in an ectothermic vertebrate. Oecologia 170:641-649.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Herczeg, G. (2012). Behavioural syndromes, syndrome deviation and the within- and between-individual components of phenotypic correlations: when reality does not meet statistics. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 66:1651-1658.
Bajer, K., Molnár, O., Török, J., Herczeg, G. (2011). Ultraviolet nuptial colour determines fight success in male European green lizards. Biology Letters 7:866-868.
Gonda, A., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2011). Population variation in brain size of nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius) – local adaptation or environmentally induced variation? BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:75.
Shikano, T., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2011). Molecular sexing and population genetic inference using a sex-linked microsatellite marker in the nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). BMC Research Notes 4:119.
Trokovic, N., Gonda, A., Herczeg, G., Laurila, A., Merilä, J. (2011). Brain plasticity over the metamorphic boundary: carry-over effect of larval environment on froglet brain development. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:1380-1385.
Trokovic, N., Herczeg, G., McCairns, R.J.S., Ab Ghani, N.I., Merilä, J. (2011). Intraspecific divergence in the lateral line system in the nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:1546-1558.
Alho, J.S., Herczeg, G., Laugen, A.T., Räsänen, K., Laurila, A., Merilä, J. (2011). Allen’s rule revisited: quantitative genetics of extremity length in the common frog along a latitudinal gradient. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:59-70.
Kopena, R., Martín, J., López, P., Herczeg, G. (2011). Vitamin E supplementation increases the attractiveness of males’ scent for female European green lizards. PLoS ONE 6(4):e19410.
Leinonen, T., Herczeg, G., Cano J.M., Merilä, J. (2011). Predation-imposed selection on threespines stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) morphology: a test of the refuge use hypothesis. Evolution 65: 2916-2926.
Herczeg, G., Välimäki, K. (2011). Intraspecific variation in behaviour: effects of evolutionary history, ontogenetic experience and sex. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:2434-2444.
Kuparinen, A., Cano, J.M., Loehr, J., Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Merilä, J. (2011). Fish age at maturation is influenced by temperature independently from growth. Oecologia 167:435-443.
Bajer, K., Molnár, O.R., Török, J., Herczeg, G. (2010). Female European green lizards (Lacerta viridis) prefer males with high ultraviolet throat reflectance. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64:2007-2014. (DOI 10.1007/s00265-010-1012-2)
Herczeg, G., Matsuba, C., Merilä, J. (2010). Sequence variation in the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (Mc1r) does not explain variation in the degree of melanism in a widespread amphibian. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47:37-45.
Waser, W., Sahoo, T.P., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J., Nikkinmaa, M. (2010). Physiological differentiation among nine-spined stickleback populations: effects of copper exposure. Aquatic Toxicology 98:188-195.
Herczeg, G., Turtiainen, M., Merilä, J. (2010). Morphological divergence of North-European nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius): signatures of parallel evolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:403-416.
Alho, J.S., Herczeg, G., Söderman, F., Laurila, A., Jönsson K.I., Merilä, J. (2010). Increasing melanism along a latitudinal gradient: local adaptation, ontogenic or environmental plasticity? BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:317.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Merilä, J. (2010). Rensch’s rule inverted – female-driven gigantism in nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). Journal of Animal Ecology 79:581-588.
Gonda, A., Trokovic, N., Herczeg, G., Laurila, A., Merilä, J. (2010). Predation- and competition-mediated brain plasticity in Rana temporaria tadpoles. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:2300-2308.
Shikano, T., Shimada, Y., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2010). History vs. habitat type: explaining the genetic structure of European nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) populations. Molecular Ecology 19:1147-1161.
Bajer, K., Molnár, O., Hegyi, G., Herczeg, G., Laczi, M., Török, J. (2009). Zöld gyíkok színezete és morfológiája: jelzések és funkciók. Állattani közlemények 94(2):167-176.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Merilä, J. (2009). The social cost of shoaling covaries with predation risk in nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) populations. Animal Behaviour 77:575-580.
Hettyey, A., Herczeg, G., Laurila, A., Crochet, P-A., Merilä, J. (2009). Body temperature, size, nuptial colouration and mating success in male Moor frogs (Rana arvalis). Amphibia-Reptilia 30:37-43.
Hettyey A, Herczeg G, Hoi H (2009). Testing the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis in male Moor Frogs (Rana arvalis) exhibiting a conspicuous nuptial colouration. Amphibia-Reptilia 30:581-586.
Jönsson, K.I., Herczeg, G., O’Hara, R.B., Söderman, F., ter Shure, A.F.H., Larsson, P., Merilä, J. (2009). Sexual patterns of prebreeding energy reserves in the common frog Rana temporaria along a latitudinal gradient. Ecography 32:831-839.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Merilä, J. (2009). Evolution of gigantism in nine-spined stickleback. Evolution 63:3190-3200.
Gonda, A., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2009). Adaptive brain size divergence in nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius)? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22:1721-1726.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Merilä, J. (2009). Predation mediated population divergence in complex behaviour of nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22:544-552.
Gonda, A., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2009). Habitat-dependent and -independent plastic responses to social environment in the nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) brain. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:2085-2092.
Sos, T., Herczeg, G. (2009). Sexual size dimorphism in Eastern slow-worm (Anguis fragilis cholchica, Reptilia: Anguidae). Russian Journal of Herpetology 16:304-310.
Alho, J.S., Herczeg, G., Merilä, J. (2008). Female-biased sex ratios in subarctic common frogs. Journal of Zoology 275:57-63.
Herczeg, G., Herrero, A., Saarikivi, J., Gonda, A., Jäntti, M., Merilä, J. (2008). Experimental support for the cost-benefit model of lizard thermoregulation: the effects of predation risk and food supply. Oecologia 155:1-10.
Herczeg, G., Török, J., Korsós, Z. (2007). Size-dependent heating rates determine the spatial and temporal distribution of small-bodied lizards. Amphibia-Reptilia 28:347-356.
Herczeg, G., Kovács, T., Korsós, Z., Török, J. (2007). Microhabitat use, seasonal activity and diet of the snake-eyed skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii fitzingeri) with comparisons to the sympatric lacertids in Hungary. Biologia, Bratislava 62:482-487.
Herczeg, G., Saarikivi, J., Gonda, A., Perälä, J., Tuomola, A., Merilä, J. (2007). Suboptimal thermoregulation in male adders (Vipera berus) after hibernation imposed by spermiogenesis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 92:19-27.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Perälä, J., Saarikivi, J., Tuomola, A., Merilä, J. (2007). Ontogenetic differences in the preferred body temperature of the European Adder Vipera berus (Serpentes: Viperidae). Herpetological Journal 17:58-61.
Ihász, N., Bajer, K., Kopena, R., Molnár, O., Herczeg, G., Török, J. (2006). Szemben a ragadozóval – a zöld gyík (Lacerta viridis) búvóhelyközpontú menekülési stratégiája. Állattani Közlemények 91:127-138.
Herczeg, G., Gonda, A., Saarikivi, J., Merilä, J. (2006). Experimental support for the cost-benefit model of lizard thermoregulation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60:405-414.
Herczeg, G., Szabó, K., Korsós, Z. (2005). Asymmetry and population characteristics in dice snakes (Natrix tessellata): an interpopulation comparison. Amphibia-Reptilia 26:422-426.
Toth, T., Kovács, T., Herczeg, G. (2005). Morphological anomalies in a Finnish Subarctic population of the adder (Vipera berus berus). Litteratura Serpentinum 25:206-215.
Hettyey, A., Laurila, A., Herczeg, G., Jönsson, K.I., Kovács, T., Merilä, J. (2005). Does testis size declines towards the subarctic? – A case study on the common frog, Rana temporaria. Naturwissenschaften 92:188-192.
Harmos, K., Herczeg, G. (2004). A pannongyík elterjedése és természetvédelmi helyzete a Központi-Cserhátban és környékén. Folia Historico-naturalia Musei Matraensis 27:349-357.
Herczeg, G., Kovács, T., Tóth, T., Török, J., Korsós, Z., Merilä, J. (2004). Tail loss and thermoregulation in the common lizard Zootoca vivipara. Naturwissenschaften 91:485-488.
Herczeg, G., Tóth, T., Kovács, T., Korsós, Z., Török, J. (2004). Distribution of Ablepharus kitaibelii fitzingeri Mertens, 1952 (Squamata: Scincidae) in Hungary. Russian Journal of Herpetology 11:99-105.
Herczeg, G., Korsós, Z. (2003). Az interspecifikus kompetíció hatása a pannongyíkra (Ablepharus kitaibelii fitzingeri) egy antropogén hatásoknak kitett élőhelyen. Állattani Közlemények 88:73-84.
Herczeg, G., Kovács, T., Hettyey, A., Merilä, J. (2003). To thermoconform or thermoregulate? An assessment of thermoregulation opportunities for the lizard Zootoca vivipara in the subarctic. Polar Biology 26:486-490.
Herczeg, G., Krecsák, Sz.L., Marsi, Z. (2002). Új bizonyító adat a haragos sikló előfordulásáról Budapest belterületén a Sas-hegyről. Folia Historico-naturalia Musei Matraensis 26:341-344.



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