MANILA, Philippines – World-renowned conservation biologist Prof. Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum will teach a course with the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Science (IESM-CS) in UP Diliman where he is now a visiting professor.
The course is open to both credit students and non-credit participants who wish to develop and strengthen competencies on conservation biology and behavioural ecology.
Prof. Curio will teach Envsci297, Special Topics with Module A focusing on behavioural ecology, from 12 to 23 May 2014, with lectures and workshops at the UP IESM – CS.
The following topics are covered:
Principles of population ecology
Principles of behavioral ecology
Optimal foraging theory
Mutualism (seed dispersal, pollination and others)
Predator – prey relationships
Sexual selection; operational sex ratio
Female mating strategies
Speciation (multiplication of species)
Life history theory -- principles and selected topics.
Prof. Curio is globally famous for his work on preserving endangered species, such as the hornbill Visayan writhed-billed hornbill (Aceros waldeni; local names: dulungan, kalaw) in the deep mountains of Sibaliw, Northern Panay where he spent more than 20 years doing research. He is also instrumental in discovering new species of flora and fauna such as freshwater and arboreal crabs; and a rainforest landhopper Curiotalitrus curioi.
The last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest in the bio-geographic region of the West Visayas, located on the northwestern peninsula of Panay, is habitat of a range of highly endangered, partly endemic species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals.
It is one of the hotspots with the highest conservation priorities in the world, both in terms of the number of endangered flora and fauna per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront. Philippine biodiversity per unit area is globally unsurpassed.
For more information about the scientific work of Prof Curio, please visit the Panay Eco-Conservation website at www.panaycon.org.
A separate 3-unit credit course for Module B: Conservation Biology will be on 26 August to 06 September 2014; with field work for deserving research students (maximum: 6 to 7 students) on 25 September to 03 October 2014 to be supervised by Prof. Eberhard Curio at the Sibaliw Research Station in the inner forests of Northern Panay, Antique.
August 26, 2014 (Tuesday), 10 to 12 am: Inaugural Lecture on Conservation Needs Ethology
August 29, 2014 (Friday), 10 to 12 am: Public Lecture on Cooperation among Conservationists
Queries could be addressed to IESM Director Rene N. Rollon (mobile phone: 0919 277 0428 or the course coordinator , Dr. Benjamin Vallejo Jr. (mobile phone: 0917 822 1691). - Rappler.com/Press Release