Last updated: 2008. febr. 18.

Curriculum vitae


I. Personal details

Born: 2. November 1974., Baraolt, Covasna county, Romania
Home address: 400474 Cluj-Napoca, Budai Deleanu str. 10., Romania
Employment: lecturer, Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Science and Arts, Department of Environmental Sciences (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Work-address: RO-400112 Cluj-Napoca, Matei Corvin str. 4, Romania
Work telephone and fax: +40-264-439394, +40-264-593693
Private telephone: +40-727-302127
E-mail: istvan.urak@milvus.ro, urakistvan@gmail.com

 

II. Studies

  • 1989-1993: high-school, Mikes Kelemen Highschool, physics-chemistry profile (Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania)
  • 1994-1998: B.Sc. in Biology-Chemistry, Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Hungarian line of study (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  • 1998-1999: M.Sc. in Biocenology, Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  • 1999-2005: Ph.D., Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Department of Zoology (later on Department of Taxonomy and Ecology) (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). The Ph.D.-thesis was defended in December 2005 Cum laude. The title of the thesis: A Study of the Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) in the Upper Basin of the Olt River. Scientific supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nicolae Tomescu.

III. Scientific carreer

  • 1999-2001: biology teacher, Căpeni Primary School (Covasna county, Romania)
  • 2001-2005: Headmaster and biology teacher, Căpeni Primary School (Covasna county, Romania)
  • 2005- ...: lecturer, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Arts, Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

IV. Research domain: spider faunistics and ecology, ornithology

V. Scientific activity

  • 1996-1998: member of the Arthropod communities of the Fânaţe Reserve research programme ran by the Eco Studia Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO), project leader: dr. Bálint Markó;
  • 2000-2001: member of the Evaluation of the flora and fauna of the Retezat National Park research programme ran by Administration of the Retezat National Park (Deva, RO);
  • 2001-2002: member of the Romanian Common Bird Census project ran by the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR), project leader: Zoltán D. Szabó (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2005-2006: member of the Environmental study of Transylvanian mofettes research programme financed by Sapientia Fundation at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania, project leader: dr. Sándor Szakács (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2005-2007: member of the The environmental effects of motorway construction research programme financed by Sapientia Fundation at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania, project leader: dr. Ildikó Mócsy (Cluj-Napoca, RO);
  • 2004: leader of the Conserving flora and fauna of oligothrophic meadows in Eastern Transylvania, Romania research programme financed by the Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation (UK), Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation (grant no. 142/07/2004);
  • 2006-2007: member of the ‘Wintering Birds of Prey’ Monitoring Programme ran by the Association for Bird and Nature Protection "Milvus Group", project leader: István Kovács (Târgu Mureş, RO);
  • 2007: member of the Midwinter Waterbird Count research programme financed by Wetlands International at the Association for Bird and Nature Protection "Milvus Group" and Romanian Ornithological Society;
  • 2007: leader of the Complex environmental studies in Turda's Cleft research programme financed by the Cluj County Council at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transilvania (Cluj-Napoca, RO).

 

VI. Teaching activity at the Sapientia - Hungarian University of Transilvania, Science and Arts Faculty, Department of Environmental Sciences:

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences course (B.Sc., compulsory, 1st semester)
  • Zoology course and lab course (B.Sc., compulsory, 2nd semester)
  • Ecology course (B.Sc., compulsory course, 2nd semester)
  • Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation course (B.Sc., compulsory, 4th semester)
  • Waste Management course (B.Sc., compulsory, 6th semester)
  • Built Environment Monitoring course and lab course (B.Sc., compulsory, 6th semester)

VII. Scientific honours:

Research scholarships

 

  • 1998-2005: Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture (Budapest, Hungary): Arachnological researches in Transylvania
  • 2002-2003: Sapientia Fundation (Cluj-Napoca, Romania): A Study of the Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) in the Upper Basin of the Olt River
  • 2003: Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture and Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Domus Hungarica Scientiarum et Artium (Budapest, Hungary): Constructing an Arachnological Database for the Carpathian Basin
  • 2004: Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture – Arany János Fundation for Science (Budapest, Hungary): Study of the Spider-Communities (Arachnida: Araneae) in the Upper Basin of the Olt River
  • 2004-2005: Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture and Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Domus Hungarica Scientiarum et Artium (Budapest, Magyarország): New Data on the Arachnofauna of Carpathian Basin
  • 2007: Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture and Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Domus Hungarica Scientiarum et Artium (Budapest, Magyarország): Study on the Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of Mohos Peat Bog

 

VIII. Membership (Professional Societies):

  • Association for Bird and Nature Protection "Milvus Group", leader of the Invertebrates Working Group (Târgu Mureş, RO)
  • Romanian Lepidopterological Society (Cluj-Napoca, RO)
  • Transylvanian Museum Association (Cluj-Napoca, RO)
  • International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment (Helsinki, Finlanda)

IX. Language skills:

  • Hungarian – mother tongue
  • Romanian – fluent
  • English – basic