Bistrica valley near
            Tropje, northeastern Albania, 2014 - Photo: D. Angyal

Zoltán Fehér

Personal Details

Born 03 August 1969 in Budapest, Hungary
Citizenship: Hungarian


Contact Details

Hungarian Natural History Museum
Department of Zoology
H-1080 Baross utca 13, Budapest, Hungary


Education and Degrees

1999 PhD, plant ecology and ecophysiology, Agricultural University, Gödöllő Hungary

1993 MSc, biologist, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary



2017- Hungarian Natural History Museum
Position: Head, Department of Zoology
2014–2017 Natural History Museum Vienna
Position: Research Scientist on an FWF funded project
1998–2014 Hungarian Natural History Museum
Position: senior museologist, curator of the Mollusca Collection
1993–1998 National Institute of Hygiene Position: Research Assistant


Research Grants

Speciation in rock-dwelling land snails: Understanding the origin of diversity using Montenegrina as a model system. Funded by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF P 26581-B25) – Co-Investigator (2014–2017).
Conservation genetics, molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of freshwater snails of high conservation concern in Hungary. Funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund–Norwegian Financial Mechanism (OTKA-NNF 78185) – Principal Investigator (2009–2011).
The origin and genesis of the fauna of the Carpathian Basin: diversity, biogeographical hotspots and nature conservation significance. Funded by the Hungarian National R&D Programme (NKFP 3B023-04) – Co-Investigator (2005–2007).
Invertebrate faunistic investigation of the Maramureş county (Romania). Funded by the Romanian Academy of Sciences and the Vasile Goldis University – Co-Investigator (2005–2009).
Monitoring the environmental status and the fauna at Lake Ohrid, Albania. Sponsored by the British Petroleum Conservation Awards – Principal Investigator (1993).



Native Hungarian, good English, basic German, Italian and Russian


Honours and awards

2009 Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1998 Pro Hygiéne Award

1993 British Petroleum Conservation Awards of the British Petroleum Co., Fauna and Flora Preservation Society and BirdLife International


Study visits and travel grants

Natural History Museum, Vienna – Funded by Synthesys Research Grant (2008 and 2013)
European Terrestrial Mollusc Red List Assessment Workshop, Bern – organized by IUCN and Naturhistorisches Museum, Bern (2010)
IUCN Global Freshwater Mollusc Red List Assessment Workshop, London – organized by IUCN and Zoological Society of London (2010)
Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL (Mollusc Collection, Paulay Lab). Funded by the University of Florida (2009)
Zoology Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw – Funded by Synthesys Research Grant (2008)
Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Research Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin – Funded by German Research Foundation (2005)
The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Funded by Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation (1995)


Professional activities

Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), member of Supraindividual Biology Panel (2012–2015)
Ecologica Montenegrina, editorial board member (2014–)
Soosiana, Hungarian Malacological Journal, editorial board member (2008–)
Biodiversity Data Journal, subject editor (2012–)
Folia Malacologica, advisory board member (2012–)
IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Workgroup, member (2009–)
Reviewer for: American Malacological Bulletin, Archiv für Molluskenkunde, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Genetics, Journal of Conchology, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Molluscan Studies, Hydrobiologia, Molluscan Research, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, ZooKeys, Zoologica Scripta, Zoology in the Middle East, North-Western Journal of Zoology, Acta Zoologica Academiae Scienciarum Hungaricae, Biologia (Bratislava), Folia Malacologica