Press Attention

I gave interviews to various science writers and news agencies about my research and filming activities.

  1. Mongabay (2021) Australia’s pivot to plantations may be too late for nearly extinct parrots [by Nick Rodway]
  2. Mongabay (2021) Current protected areas not enough to save parrots from extinction: Study [by Liz Kimbrough]
  3. SDP Noticias (2021) Los loros están al borde de la extinción, advierten [by Fabián Vázquez]
  4. ZME Science (2021) Parrots are facing extinction, and only policymakers can save them [by Alexandru Micu]
  5. The Australian National University (2021) Parrots pushed to extinction, despite protection policies
  6. The Guardian (2020) Study finds only 300 swift parrots could remain as Tasmanian court challenge heard
  7. Australian Geographic (2020) Less than 300 swift parrots remain in the wild [by Angela Heathcote]
  8. SciTechDaily (2020) Swift Action Needed to Save Critically Endangered Tasmanian Parrot
  9. The Tasmanian Greens (2020) Media statements: Swift Parrot Report Confirms Urgent Need to Protect Habitat | Gutwein Must Step in and Save Swift Parrot | Swift Parrot – Decline in Numbers – Logging of Habitat [by Rosalie Woodruff MP]
  10. The Australian (2020) ‘Shocking’ parrot count demands swift response [by Matthew Denholm]
  11. The Sydney Morning Herald (2020) Swift parrot numbers freefall as Bob Brown launches anti-logging case [by Nick O’Malley]
  12. The Canberra Times (2020) ‘Heading towards extinction’: ANU swift parrot genetic study predicts population fewer than 300 [by Adam Holmes]
  13. The Australian National University (2020) Swift action needed to help critically endangered parrot [by Jessica Fagan]
  14. The Guardian (2020) Federal government considers lifting ban on importing parrots 25 years after it was introduced [by Lisa Cox]
  15. Global Forest Watch (2019) Macaws, Movies and a Legacy of Environmental Protection: Q&A with Dr. George Olah [by Sarah Ruiz]
    I was interviewed by Global Forest Watch in Washington, DC, about the science and filming behind our Macaw Kingdom documentary we produced in the Peruvian Amazon. The interview was published in two blog posts:
    A. First part about the filming
    B. Second part about conservation research
  16. Global Forest Watch (2019) Five Creative Projects Using GFW to Protect Forests [by Sarah Ruiz]
    Our research documentary was featured as one of the projects that used GFW data.
  17. Conservation Jobs (2019) Genetics Guide Conservation [by Alex Taylor]
  18. Science Daily (2019) Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore
  19. Phys.org (2019) Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore
  20. Bioengineer.org (2019) Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore
  21. Lajtár Lili Blog (2019) Papagájok végveszélyben / Parrots in peril [by Lili Lajtár]
    I was interviewed by a 16-year old nature enthusiast and conservationist in Budapest, Hungary.
  22. Parrots Magazine (2019) People helping parrots: George Olah [by Rosemary Low]
  23. Business Insiders (2018) Male parrots from an endangered monogamous species are running out of mates, so now they’re hitting up breeding females for sex [by Simon Thomsen]
  24. ABC News (2018) Endangered swift parrots pushed into tragic love triangles by sugar gliders [by Anna Salleh and Felicity Ogilvie]
  25. The Guardian (2018) Swift parrot polyamory a new threat to critically endangered species’ survival [by Calla Wahlquist]
  26. EurekAlert (2018) Study counts the high cost of infidelity for swift parrots
  27. Tek Crispy (2018) Estudio revela el alto costo de la infidelidad para los periquitos migradores [por Mary Quintero]
  28. Science Daily (2018) High cost of infidelity for swift parrots
  29. Phys.org (2018) Study counts the high cost of infidelity for swift parrots
  30. The Atlantic (2018) The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans [by Nadia Drake]
    A story about our face-to-face encounter with a jaguar during a research expedition to the remotest part of the Peruvian Amazon. Nadia Drake is a science journalist of National Geographic, who joined us for this expedition.
  31. The Archaeology News Network (2018) Swift Parrots Bred on Predator-free Islands at Risk of Extinction
  32. BreitBart (2018) Nomadic population of swift parrots at risk of extinction, research shows
  33. Phys.org (2018) Swift parrots bred on predator-free islands at risk of extinction
  34. UPI (2018) Nomadic population of swift parrots at risk of extinction [by Brooks Hays]
  35. Mongabay (2016) Exceptional beauty, exceptional risk: New study reveals extinction dangers for parrots [by Meghan Gilbert]
  36. Takepart (2016) A Third of Parrot Species Face Extinction [by John R. Platt]
    John R. Platt covers the environment, wildlife, and technology and for TakePart, Scientific American, Audubon, and other publications. This time he interviewed one of my co-authors, Stuart Butchart (head of science for BirdLife International), from our recent study about extinction risk in parrots.
  37. Sinc (2016) Un 28% de las especies de loros, en estado crítico de conservación
  38. Phys.org (2016) Australian parrots need more protection
  39. The Australian National University (2016) Australian parrots need more protection [by Kate Prestt]
  40. Freshpreneur (2014) Interview about The Macaw Project crowdfunding campaign [by Justin Rogers]
  41. The Australian National University (2014) Using artificial nests to assist and study Macaw Parrots in lowland Peru
  42. Mongabay (2014) Feather forensics: scientist uses genes to track macaws, aid bird conservation [by Elizabeth Devitt]
    An interview about my PhD research in Peru.
  43. Díszmadár Magazin (2010) Magyar zoológus a papagájok nyomában / Hungarian zoologist in the quest for parrots [by Krisztina Bordás]

Television Appearances

I gave interviews to TV channels in Hungary about my research and expeditions.

M1 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Kék Bolygó [Blue Planet]
Wildlife trade and COVID-19 (2020)
Report with zoos and scientists about the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the illegal wildlife trade worldwide. I talked about the conservation work to fight against the illegal parrot trade in Indonesia. Watch the short report in Hungarian with English subtitles:


M1 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Kék Bolygó [Blue Planet]
Forest fires in the Amazon rainforest (2019)
I was interviewed, among other scientists and NGOs, about the unusually large forest fires worldwide and their effect to the Amazon. The rainforest footage was provided by our NGO, Wildlife Messengers. Watch the short report in Hungarian with English subtitles:


M1 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Kék Bolygó [Blue Planet]
The Indonesian expedition (2018)
Interview with Cintia Garai and me about our non-profit organisation, Wildlife Messengers, producing films for conservation. In the programme we also talk about our recent award-winning movie, The Macaw Kingdom, and about a new documentary we were filming about the Indonesian Parrot Project.


M5 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Mindenki Akademiája [Everyone’s Academy]
Using genetic techniques for parrot research in the Peruvian Amazon (2017)
I gave a lecture and report about my PhD study in Peru.


M1 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Minden Tudás [Omniscience]
Landscape genetics in the Peruvian Amazon (2017)
A report about our landscape genetics studies and their implications to conservation.


Ozone Network [Hungarian Commercial TV] – Programme: Egyenlítő [Equator]
The Candamo expedition (2016)
A one-hour interview about our research expedition in Peruvian Amazon. In the programme also participated my colleagues: Attila Dávid Molnár wildlife filmmaker and Linda Alpern designer.


M1 [Hungarian National TV] – Programme: Kék Bolygó [Blue Planet]
The Candamo expedition (2016)
I was interviewed about the scientific expedition I led to the Candamo valley in the south-eastern Peruvian Amazon.


Interview in the Budapest Zoo (2017)
Oláh György zoológus, aki az elmúlt években a déli félteke számos országában dolgozott a papagájok terepi kutatójaként, nemrégiben előadást tartott Állatkertben a terepen folytatott kutatásainak eredményeiről. Ebben a kisfilmben a fiatal, de máris komoly eredményeket felmutató kutató a Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert papagájokkal kapcsolatos szakmai munkáját méltatja. Intézményünk már a megnyitás évében is foglalkozott papagájokkal. Az elmúlt években is számos érdekes fajt mutattunk be, részt vettünk a természetvédelmi erőfeszítésekben és sikerrel szaporítottunk több ritka papagájfajt.


Candamo Expedition (2016)
We made a research and filming expedition to Candamo, an extremely remote inter-montane valley in the Peruvian Amazon. Watch below our short video as the first recap of our trip:

Presentations and Invited Lectures

Keynote Address

  • IX. International Parrot Convention, Loro Parque Fundación, Tenerife, Spain | Olah G: Status of parrots and tools for their conservation | 24–27 Sep 2018

Conference Presentations

  • Biodiversity and Conservation in the Tambopata National Reserve, Peru (virtual conference of SERNANP) | Olah G: Population genetics of large macaws in Tambopata-Candamo with conservation implications | 02–04 Sep 2020
  • Virtual conference of the Science Foundation for the Study and Conservation of Biodiversity, Tegucigalpa, Honduras |Vergara-Tabares D, Cordier J, Landi M, Olah G, Nori J: Global trends in environmental degradation and loss: Consequences for parrot conservation | 12 Aug 2020
  • X. Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Manaus, Brazil | Brightsmith D & Olah G: Ecological and socio-economic factors affecting extinction risk in parrots | 15 Jul 2015
  • XXVI. International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo, Japan | Heinsohn R & Olah G: Ecological and socio-economic correlates of conservation status in parrots (Psittaciformes) | 18–24 Aug 2014
  • XVII. Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for the Biology and Conservation & IX. Mesoamerican Symposium of the Conservation of Psittaciformes, Habana, Cuba | Olah G, Vigo G, Brightsmith D: Estimating reproductive success in large psittacines: Monitoring nests vs. counts of family groups | 16–20 Sep 2013
  • XVI. Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for the Biology and Conservation & VIII. Mesoamerican Symposium of the Conservation of Psittaciformes, Panama City, Panama | Olah G, Vigo G, Heinsohn R, Brightsmith D: Conservation of Scarlet Macaw in southeastern Peru: Use of artificial nests and a new genetic method | 17–20 Sep 2012
  • IX. Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Cusco, Peru | Olah G, Vigo G, Brightsmith D: Nest use preference of Scarlet Macaw in south-eastern Peru | 08–14 Nov 2011
  • IX. Neotropical Ornithology Congress, Cusco, Peru | Olah G, Poje B, Brightsmith D: Tramp design for catching macaws in their artificial nests (poster) | 08–14 Nov 2011
  • XVI. Semmelweis Symposium & VI. Conference on Cell Analysis: Molecular Gastroenterology, Cell Analysis, Array Technology, Budapest, Hungary | Olah G, Munkacsy G, Szallasi Z, Gyorffy B: The use and calibration of the electric sensing zone method for measuring cell number and cell viability (poster) | 15–17 Nov 2007
  • XVI. Semmelweis Symposium & VI. Conference on Cell Analysis: Molecular Gastroenterology, Cell Analysis, Array Technology, Budapest, Hungary | Munkacsy G, Olah G, Gyorffy A, Gyorffy B: Comparing tissue preserving methods obtaining the optimal RNS content | 15–17 Nov 2007
  • XXVIII. National Scientific Conference for Students (Biology Section), Debrecen, Hungary | Olah G & Rozsa L: Avian adaptations to detect polluted drinking water | 04–06 Apr 2007
  • X. National Environmental Scientific Conference for Students (Water Ecology Section), Eger, Hungary | Olah G & Rozsa L: How birds have adapted to detect polluted drinking water? | 10–12 Apr 2006
  • Scientific Conference for Students of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary | Olah G & Rozsa L: Is UV vision relevant to the drinking water preference in birds? | 23 Nov 2005

Workshops, Courses, and Roundtable Meetings

  • National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica virtual meeting: Hybridization of species of the genus Ara in Costa Rica | Olah G: Introgression and conservation genetics | 3 Mar 2021
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Peru virtual course to the National Police of Peru about technologies in wildlife research, Lima, Peru | Olah G: Molecular techniques in wildlife forensics | Nov 2020
  • Natura Mexicana workshop about the reintroduction of Scarlet Macaws to Alto Usumacinta, Mexico City, Mexico | Olah G: Conservation genetics of macaws | 16 Oct 2018
  • Museum genomics in practice workshop, Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, ANU, Canberra, Australia | Aitken N & Olah G: Genotyping-by-Sequencing; GBS, capture-RAD and epi-GBS | 04–06 Apr 2017
  • Rufford Small Grantees Regional Workshop, Copacabana, Bolivia | Olah G: Development of novel genetic techniques for conservation studies of large macaws | 19–21 Jan 2013

Invited Lectures

  • The Parrot Club, CT, USA | Behind the scenes of The Macaw Kingdom | 17 Jan 2021
  • University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary | Ecology and Conservation: Global threats to biodiversity | 09 Nov 2020
  • The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia | The power of media in wildlife conservation (virtual lecture) | 26 Oct 2020
  • Seattle Parrot Expo, Virtual Vision 2020, Seattle, WA, USA | The greatest threats to parrots + Films for wildlife conservation | 26 Sep–03 Oct 2020
  • Őrség National Park, Kőszeg, Hungary | The hidden treasures of the jungle – Adventures of a zoologist in Amazonia | 25 Feb 2020
  • Global Forest Watch & World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, USA | Science and filming behind The Macaw Kingdom documentary | 16 Aug 2019
  • Czirma Gyula Primary School, Budapest, Hungary | Research trips in Latin America | 26 Mar 2019
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA | Status of parrots and genetic tools for their conservation | 15 Nov 2018
  • Seattle Parrot Expo, The Rainforest Returns Fundraising Event, Seattle, WA, USA | Status of parrots and tools for their conservation | 13–14 Oct 2018
  • University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary | Macaw studies in the Peruvian Amazon (lecture to MSc students) | 10 Oct 2018
  • University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary | Biogeography research in Peru (lectures to BSc students) | 10 and 14 Sep 2018
  • New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA | The Macaw Project: Biologists, ecotourists and local communities for the Amazonian Rainforests + Ecology and population genetics of two large macaw species in the Peruvian Amazon | 12 Sep 2016
  • The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia | Ecology and population genetics of two large macaw species in the Peruvian Amazon | 19 Nov 2015
  • Canberra Ornithologists Group, Canberra, Australia | Conservation and genetics of Scarlet Macaws in the Peruvian Amazon | 12 Nov 2014
  • Peruvian National Service of Protected Areas (SERNANP), Puerto Maldonado, Peru | Macaw research in the Tambopata Research Center and management plan for clay lick cleaning | 04 Jun 2013
  • Budapest Zoo, Budapest, Hungary | Searching for macaws in the Peruvian Amazon | 12 Dec 2012
  • Natural History Museum of Peru Lima, Peru | Development of novel genetic techniques for conservation studies of large macaws | 02 Feb 2012
  • Schubot Center for Avian Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA | Development of novel genetic techniques for conservation studies of large macaws | 07 Jun 2011
  • Canberra Ornithologists Group, Canberra, Australia | The Tambopata Macaw Project | 8 Sep 2010