My research interest focuses on phylogenetics, systematics, biogeography and conservation genetics of terrestrial and freshwater molluscs. Principally, I am interested in shallow-level evolutionary processes such as intraspecific divergences and taxonomic relationships of closely related species. In terms of geographical regions, the Carpathian Basin and the Balkans are in the focus.
Taxonomy and phylogenetics of obligate rock-dwelling and subterranean gastropods.
Diversity and distribution of the Balkans' mollusc fauna.
Since 1992, I have organized and participated in 50 field trips in Southern Europe – Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia – and in Western Asia. I have participated in several field campaigns of the HNHM in Hungary in connection with the museum’s various basic and applied research projects.
Study visits, travel grants
2013, 2008: Natural History Museum, Vienna
2009: Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida
2008: Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
2005: Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
1995: Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Biological Institute – ‘Zootaxonomy’ course for graduate and undergraduate students (Molluscs)
2010–2011: Contribution to the development of the HNHM’s renewed permanent exhibition, “The Variety of Life – Exploring the natural world of Hungary”
2011-2012: Natural Europe Project, contributor
2009: Evolution MegaLab, project coordinator in Hungary
Fehér Z, Mason K, Szekeres M, Haring E, Bamberger S, Páll-Gergely B, Sólymos P. Range-constrained co-occurrence simulation reveals little niche partitioning among rock-dwelling Montenegrina land snails (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae). JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY early view. (2018) https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13220
Angyal D, Balázs G, Krízsik V, Herczeg G, Fehér Z. Molecular and morphological divergence in a stygobiont gastropod lineage (Truncatelloidea, Moitessieriidae, Paladilhiopsis) within an isolated karstic area in the Mecsek Mountains (Hungary). JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGICAL SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH early view. (2018) https://doi.org/10.1111/jzs.12220
Grego J, Glöer P, Erőss ZP, Fehér Z: Six new subterranean freshwater gastropod species from northern Albania and some new records from Albania and Kosovo (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Moitessieriidae and Hydrobiidae). SUBTERRANEAN BIOLOGY 23: 85–107. (2017) https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.23.14930
Fehér Z, Majoros G, Ötvös S, Bajomi B, Sólymos P: Successful reintroduction of the endangered black nerite, Theodoxus prevostianus (Pfeiffer, 1828) (Gastropoda: Neritidae) in Hungary. JOURNAL OF MOLLUSCAN STUDIES 83(2): 1–3. (2017)
Kajtoch Ł, Davison A, Grindon A, Deli T, Sramkó G, Gwardjan M, Kramarenko S, Mierzwa-Szymkowiak D, Ruta R, Ścibior R, Tóth JP, Wade C, Kolasa M, Strachecka A, Egorov RV, Fehér Z: Reconstructed historical distribution and phylogeography unravels non-steppic origin of Caucasotachea vindobonensis (Gastropoda: Helicidae). ORGANISMS DIVERSITY & EVOLUTION 17(3): 679–692. (2017) https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-018-0363-9
Jaksch K, Kruckenhauser L, Haring E, Fehér Z: First establishment of microsatellite markers in clausiliid snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Clausiliidae). BMC RESEARCH NOTES 10: e137. (2017) https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-2462-7
Fehér Z, Szekeres M: Taxonomic revision of the rock-dwelling door snail genus Montenegrina Boettger, 1877 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Clausiliidae). ZOOKEYS 599: 1–137. (2016)
Zallot E, Groenenberg DSJ, De Mattia W, Fehér Z, Gittenberger E: Genera, subgenera and species of the Cochlostomatidae (Gastropoda, Caenogastropoda, Cochlostomatidae). BASTERIA 78 (4-6): 63–88. (2015)
Fehér Z, Parmakelis A, Koutalianou M, Mourikis T, Erőss ZP, Krízsik V: A contribution to the phylogeny of Albanian Agathylla (Gastropoda, Clausiliidae): insights using morphological data and three mitochondrial markers. JOURNAL OF MOLLUSCAN STUDIES 80: 24–34. (2014)
Cadahia L, Harl J, Duda M, Sattmann H, Kruckenhauser L, Fehér Z, Zopp L, Haring E: New data on the phylogeny of Ariantinae (Pulmonata, Helicidae) and the systematic position of Cylindrus obtusus based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA marker sequences. J ZOOL SYST EVOL RES 52: 163–169. (2014)
Fehér Z, Major Á, Krízsik V: Spatial pattern of intraspecific mitochondrial diversity in the Northern Carpathian endemic spring snail, Bythinella pannonica (Frauenfeld, 1865) (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). ORGANISMS DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION 13: 569–581. (2013)
Fehér Z, Németh L, Nicoară A, Szekeres M: Molecular phylogeny of the land snail genus Alopia (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae) reveals multiple inversions of chirality. ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY 167: 259–272. (2013) .