Ferenc Jordán

Born in: Hungary
Primary research category: Biology
Research location / employer: Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy
Fellowship dates: 2003-2008

Academic Career

  • Visiting researcher, Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy, 2022-present
  • Visiting researcher, Democracy Institute, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2021-2022
  • Fellow, WIKO Berlin, Germany, 2016-2017
  • Associated Professor, Stazione Zoologica, Napoli, Italy, 2016
  • Scientific Adviser, Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest, Hungary, 2013
  • Group Leader, The Microsoft Research – University of Trento, COSBI, Trento, Italy, 2008-2013
  • Associate Professor, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 2006-2008
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót, Hungary, 2003-2006
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Ecology and Systematics, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, 2002-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, 1999-2002


  • PhD, Genetics, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, 1999
  • MSc, Biology, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, 1996

Fellowship Research

Dr. Ferenc Jordán is interested in biological networks, focusing his research on quantifying key network positions and their dynamics in several systems. This includes identifying keystone species in food webs, key individuals in animal social networks and key patches in habitat networks (to some extent, also protein-protein and transportation networks have been studied by Jordán). Network analysis, simulation and statistical tools help this approach. Finding key nodes is a way to handle complexity and its applications range from supporting sustainable marine fisheries to developing systems-based conservation biology.

Major Contributions

  • Suggested new topological centrality indices in network analysis that are today used in several countries.
  • Published a milestone paper in using network analysis for animal behavior.

Major Awards

  • Fellow, WIKO Berlin, Germany, 2016-2017
  • Szentágothai Research Professor at University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary, 2013–2014
  • Best Young Ecologist / Hung. Ecological Society, 2006
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Young Prize, 2001
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bolyai Research Fellow, 2000-2003

Collaborative Projects with other Branco Weiss Fellows

Anne Osborne
Dominic Johnson
Harini Nagendra