Attila Hettyey

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Phone: +36 1 3918652

Research interests

– various aspects of sexual selection, including sperm competition, mate choice, sexual coercion and reproductive interference
– predator-, competitior- and pathogen-induced phenotypic responses, especially in chemical defences
– evolutionary ecology of sensitivity to pesticides of non-target organisms in an agricultural landscape
– effects of climate change, spreading infectious diseases and invasions by alien species on the native fauna
– ontogeny of animal personality in anuran tadpoles


2000                  MSc in Biology (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
2000                  Diploma in German-Hungarian Technical Translation (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
2005                  PhD in Animal ecology (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
2006                  post-doctoral researcher in Anssi Laurila’s lab at Uppsala University, Sweden
2006 – 2007     post-doctoral researcher in János Török’s lab at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
2007 – 2011     post-doctoral researcher in Herbert Hoi’s and Dustin Penn’s lab at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria
2011 – 2012     post-doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich
2012 – 2012     post-doctoral researcher at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria
2012 –               senior researcher and group leader at the Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA ATK NÖVI), Budapest, Hungary

Scholarhips and grants received

10. 1999 – 02. 2000    scholarship of the State of Thüringen for spending one semester at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany (undergraduate studies)
10. 2000 – 08. 2001    scholarship of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students to do research in H.-U. Reyer’s lab at the University of Zürich, Switzerland
10. 2001 – 09. 2004    PhD-fellowship of the Hungarian State to perform graduate studies under the supervision of J. Török at the Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
05. 2002 – 06. 2002    scholarship of LAPBIAT to do research in cooperation with J. Merilä at Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, Finland
05. 2003 – 04. 2004    scholarships of Australian Education International and the Hungarian Scholarship Board to do research in J.D. Roberts’ lab at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
02. 2005 – 06. 2005    scholarships of Aktion Österreich-Ungarn’ and the Hungarian Scholarship Board to do research in cooperation with H. Hoi at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria
03. 2006 – 11. 2006    scholarships of the Hungarian Scholarship Board and the Swedish Institute to do post-doctoral research in A. Laurila’s lab at Uppsala University, Sweden
11. 2006 – 10. 2007    József Öveges Postdoctoral Fellowship to do post-doctoral research at the Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
02. 2006 – 06. 2009    research grant of the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)
02. 2007 – 01. 2009    research grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to do post-doctoral research in collaboration with Herbert Hoi at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria
09. 2012 – 06. 2017    “Lendület” grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) to build the new Lendület Evolutionary Ecology Research Group at the MTA ATK NÖVI
02. 2013 – 01. 2015    Sparkling Science project of the Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Austria to do research in collaboration with Herbert Hoi, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria and the PNMS/PHS Sacré Coeur Pressbaum, Austria
07. 2014 – 06. 2018   Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (EU, FP7)


Reprints from here.

Bókony, V., Üveges, B., Móricz, Á.M. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Competition induces increased toxin production in toad larvae without allelopathic effects on heterospecific tadpoles. Functional Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12994.

Bókony, V., Mikó, Z., Móricz, Á.M., Krüzselyi, D. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Chronic exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide makes toad larvae more toxic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 284: 20170493.

Gyuris, E., Szép, E., Kontschán, J., Hettyey, A. & Tóth, Z. 2017. Behavioural responses of two-spotted spider mites induced by predator-borne and prey-borne cues. Behavioural Processes 144: 100–106.

Kovács, T., Herczeg, G. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Responses in the diet composition of the Common frog (Rana temporaria) to the stochastic gradation of Autumnal moth (Epirrita autumnata) larvae. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 63: 115-122.

Mikó, Z., Ujszegi, J., Gál, Z. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Effects of a glyphosate-based herbicide and predation threat on the behaviour of agile frog tadpoles. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 140: 96–102.

Mikó, Z., Ujszegi, J. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Age-dependent changes in sensitivity to a pesticide in tadpoles of the common toad (Bufo bufo). Aquatic Toxicology 187: 48-54.

Mikó, Z., Ujszegi, J., Gál, Z. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Standardize or diversify experimental conditions in ecotoxicology? A case study on herbicide toxicity to larvae of two anuran amphibians. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 73: 562–569.

Ujszegi, J., Móricz, Á.M., Krüzselyi, D. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Skin toxin production of toads changes during early ontogeny but is not adjusted to the microbiota of the aquatic environment. Evolutionary Ecology, DOI: 10.1007/s10682-017-9920-5.

Üveges, B., Fera, G., Móricz, Á.M., Krüzselyi, D., Bókony, V. & Hettyey, A. 2017. Age- and environment-dependent changes in chemical defences of larval and post-metamorphic toads. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17: 137.

Hettyey, A., Thonhauser, K.E., Bókony, V., Penn, D.J., Hoi, H. & Griggio, M. 2016. Naive tadpoles do not recognize recent invasive predatory fishes as dangerous. Ecology 97: 2975-2985.

Kurali, A., Pásztor, K., Hettyey, A. & Tóth, Z. 2016. Toxin depletion has no effect on antipredator responses in common toad (Bufo bufo) tadpoles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 119: 1000-1010.

Vági, B. & Hettyey, A. 2016. Intraspecific and interspecific competition for mates: Rana temporaria males are effective satyrs of Rana dalmatina females. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 1477–1484.

Üveges, B., Mahr, K., Szederkényi, M., Bókony, V., Hoi, H. & Hettyey, A. 2016. Experimental evidence for beneficial effects of projected climate change on hibernating amphibians. Scientific Reports 6: 26754.

Bókony, V., Móricz, Á., Tóth, Zs., Gál, Z., Kurali, A., Mikó, Zs., Pásztor, K., Szederkényi, M., Tóth, Z., Ujszegi, J., Üveges, B., Krüzselyi, D., Hoi, H. & Hettyey, A. 2016. Variation in chemical defenses among populations of common toad (Bufo bufo) tadpoles: the role of environmental conditions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 329-338.

Ujszegi, J., Gál, Z., Mikó, Zs. & Hettyey, A. 2016. No effect of a glyphosate-based herbicide on larval dragonflies (Aeshna cyanea) and adult newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) in a laboratory-based experiment. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 62: 355–367.

Urszán, T.J., Garamszegi, L.Z., Nagy, G., Hettyey, A., Török, J. & Herczeg, G. 2015. No personality without experience? A test on Rana dalmatina tadpoles. Ecology and Evolution 5: 5847-5856.

Mikó, Z., Ujszegi, J., Gál, Z., Imrei, Z. & Hettyey, A. 2015. Choice of experimental venue matters in ecotoxicology studies: a comparison of an indoor and an outdoor experiment. Aquatic Toxicology 167: 20-30.

Hettyey, A., Tóth, Z., Thonhauser, K.E., Frommen, J.G., Penn, D.J. & Van Buskirk, J. 2015. The relative importance of prey-borne and predator-borne chemical cues for inducible antipredator responses in tadpoles. Oecologia 179: 699-710.

Ujszegi, J., Gál, Z., Mikó, Z., Hettyey, A. 2015. No observable effect of a glyphosate-based herbicide on two top predators of temporal water bodies. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34: 307-313.

Urszán, T.J., Török, J., Hettyey, A., Garamszegi, L.Z. & Herczeg, G. 2015. Behavioural consistency and life history of Rana dalmatina tadpoles. Oecologia 178: 129-140.

Hettyey, A., Vági, B., Kovács, T., Ujszegi, J., Katona, P., Szederkényi, M., Pearman, P.B., Griggio, M. & Hoi, H. 2014. Reproductive interference between Rana dalmatina and Rana temporaria affects reproductive success in natural populations. Oecologia 176: 457-464.

Hettyey, A., Tóth, Z. & Van Buskirk, J. 2014. Inducible chemical defences in animals. Oikos 123: 1025-1028.

Baláž, V., Vörös, J., Civiš, P., Vojar, J., Hettyey, A., Sós, E., Dankovics, R., Jehle, R., Christiansen, D.G., Clare, F., Fisher, M.C., Garner, T.W.J. & Bielby, J. 2014. Assessing risk and guidance on monitoring of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Europe through identification of taxonomic selectivity of infection. Conservation Biology 28: 213-223.

Raveh, S., Sutalo, S., Thonhauser, K.E., Thoß, M., Hettyey, A., Winkelser, F. & Penn, D.J. 2014. Female partner preferences enhance offspring ability to survive an infection. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 14.

Thonhauser, K.E., Raveh, S., Hettyey, A., Beissmann, H. & Penn, D.J. 2013. Why do female mice mate with multiple males? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1961-1970.

Thonhauser, K.E., Raveh, S., Hettyey, A., Beissmann, H. & Penn, D.J. 2013. Scent marking increases male reproductive success in wild house mice. Animal Behaviour 86: 1013-1021.

Frommen, J.G., Zala, S.M., Raveh, S., Schaedelin, F.C., Wernisch, B. & Hettyey, A. 2013. Investigating the effect of familiarity on kin recognition of three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Ethology 119: 531-539.

Hettyey, A., Vági, B., Penn, D.J., Hoi, H. & Wagner, R.H. 2012. Post-meiotic intra-male sperm senescence in a wild vertebrate. Public Library of Science One 7: e50820.

Hutter, S., Hettyey, A., Penn, D.J. & Zala, S.M. 2012. Ephemeral sexual dichromatism in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Ethology 118: 1208-1218.

Hettyey, A., Rölli, F., Thürlimann, N., Zürcher, A.-C. & Van Buskirk, J. 2012. Visual cues contribute to predator detection in anuran larvae. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 820-827.

Hettyey, A., Griggio, M., Mann, M., Raveh, S., Schädelin, F.C., Thonhauser, K.E., Thoß, M., van Dongen, W., White, J., Zala, S.M. & Penn, D.J. 2012. Peerage of Science: will it work? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27: 189-190.

Hettyey, A., Vági, B., Török, J. & Hoi, H. 2012. Allocation in reproduction is not tailored to the probable number of matings in common toad (Bufo bufo) males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 201-208.

Hettyey, A., Vincze, K., Zsarnóczai, S., Hoi, H. & Laurila, A. 2011. Costs and benefits of defences induced by predators differing in dangerousness. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1007-1019.

Tóth, Z., Hoi, H. & Hettyey, A. 2011. Kin discrimination during egg-cannibalism in smooth newts, Lissotriton vulgaris: Does competition matter? Journal of Zoology 284: 46-52.

Tóth, Z., Hoi, H. & Hettyey, A. 2011. Intraspecific variation in the egg-wrapping behaviour of female smooth newts, Lissotriton vulgaris. Amphibia-Reptilia 32: 77-82.

Hettyey, A., Zsarnóczai, S., Vincze, K., Hoi, H. & Laurila, A. 2010. Interactions between the information content of different chemical cues affect induced defences in tadpoles. Oikos 119: 1814-1822.

Hettyey, A., Hegyi, G., Puurtinen, M., Hoi, H., Török, J. & Penn, D.J. 2010. Mate choice for genetic benefits: Time to put the pieces together. Ethology 116: 1-9.

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.

Hettyey, A., Baksay, S., Vági, B. & Hoi, H. 2009. Counterstrategies by female frogs to sexual coercion by heterospecifics. Animal Behaviour 78: 1365-1372.

Hettyey, A., Vági, B., Hévizi, G. & Török, J. 2009. Changes in sperm stores, ejaculate size, fertilization success, and sexual motivation over repeated matings in the common toad, Bufo bufo (Anura: Bufonidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96: 361-371.

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. & Roberts, J.D. 2007. Sperm traits in the frog Crinia georgiana, a species with plastic alternative mating tactics. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 1303-1310.

Hettyey, A. & Pearman, P.B. 2006. Testing experimental results in the field: Comment on Ficetola and De Bernardi (2005). Ethology 112: 930-931.

Hettyey, A. & Roberts, J.D. 2006. Sperm traits of the quacking frog, Crinia georgiana: intra- and interpopulation variation in a species with a high risk of sperm competition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 389-396.

Hettyey, A. & Török, J. 2005. ‘In situ’ prevention of fertilization by male anurans – a simple method for the detection of sperm competition with potential for other applications. Herpetological Review 36: 33-36.

Hettyey, A., Török, J. & Hévizi, G. 2005. Male mate choice lacking in the Agile frog, Rana dalmatina. Copeia 2005: 403-408.

Hettyey, A., Laurila, A., Herczeg, G., Jönsson, K.I., Kovács, T. & Merilä, J. 2005. Does testis size decline towards the sub-arctic? A case study on the Common frog, Rana temporaria. Naturwissenschaften 92: 188-192.

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.

Hettyey, A. & Pearman, P.B. 2003. Social environment and reproductive interference affect reproductive success in the frog Rana latastei. Behavioral Ecology 14: 294-300.

Hettyey, A., Török, J. & Kovács, T. 2003. Breeding biology and habitat use of seven amphibian species in a hilly woodland (Pilis Mountains, Hungary). Állattani Közlemények 88: 41-55. (in Hungarian)

Reyer, H.-U., Niederer, B. & Hettyey, A. 2003. Variation in fertilization abilities between hemiclonal hybrid and sexual parental males of sympatric water frogs (Rana lessonae, R. esculenta, R. ridibunda). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 54: 274-284.