CV – Péter Pongrácz, PhD (lecturer with habilitation)

Place & date of birth: Budapest, Hungary – April 19, 1970
Nationality: Hungarian
Education: biologist (1994)

1989-1994 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest – biologist

1994-2000 Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest – doctoral school (PhD)

Languages skills: English, Russian

Degree: PhD (2000); Habilitation (ELTE, 2015)

Professional experience and positions:
1999-2006                  assistant research fellow, Department of Ethology, ELTE

2006-2009                  assistant lecturer, Department of Ethology, ELTE
2009-2015                  senior lecturer, Department of Ethology, ELTE
2015-                          Associate professor, Department of Ethology, ELTE

Teaching experience – Own, independently developed courses:
Ethology of predatory behavior – since 1995
Social learning – since 2006
Ethology of the game species of Hungary – since 2006
Animal welfare – since 2007
Animal protection – since 2008
Domestication – evolution driven by the human – since 2013

Courses developed and run jointly with the team of Department of Ethology:
The evolution of communication

Applied ethology practice
Ethology (basic and advanced level)
Ethology practice
Cognitive ethology
Evolution of the Canidae
Progress reports of the PhD students (doctoral school)
Ethology (doctoral school)

Domestic and foreign scholarships:
2002-04                      post-doctoral scholarship ‘Békésy György’

2006-08                      research grant ‘Bolyai János’
20010-13                    research grant 2nd time ‘Bolyai János’

Professional awards and recognition: ‘Innovative researcher of the Eötvös Loránd University’ (2015)

5 most significant publications (within 5 years):
Pongrácz, P., Szapu, J. Sz., Faragó, T. 2018. Cats (Felis silvestris catus) read human gaze for referential information. Intelligence, in press. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2018.11.001

Pongrácz, P. (2017) Modeling evolutionary changes in information transfer. Effects of domestication on the vocal communication of dogs (Canis familiaris). European Psychologist, 22: 219-232. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000300

Pongrácz, P., Ujvári, V., Faragó, T., Miklósi, Á., Péter, A. 2017. Do you see what I see? The difference between dog and human visual perception may affect the outcome of experiments. Behavioural Processes, 140: 53-60. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.04.002

Bálint, A., Faragó, T., Dóka, A., Miklósi, Á., Pongrácz, P. 2013. ‘Beware, I am big and non-dangerous!’–Playfully growling dogs are perceived larger than their actual size by their canine audience. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 148: 128-137.

Pongrácz, P., Szabó, É., Kis, A., Péter, A., Miklósi, Á. 2014. More than noise?—Field investigations of intraspecific acoustic communication in dogs (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 159: 62-68.