Prof. Dr. Eberhard Curio
Prof. Dr. E. Curio
Philincon President and FOunder
Date/Place of Birth: 22nd October 1932 in Berlin
University education: 1950 – 1957 Natural Sciences, majoring in zoology, Free University of Berlin; 1957 Dr. rer. nat.; title of dissertation: “Verhaltensstudien am Trauerschnäpper” (Behaviour studies of the Pied Flycatcher), Suppl. Z. Tierpsychol. No. 3, 1959
Summer 1957 Research associate at the Federal Bird Observatory of the Land Baden-Württemberg at Ludwigsburg.
1957 – 1964 Research associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology at Seewiesen (Department Lorenz).
1964 – 1967 Assistant Professor at the Department of Zoology, Tübingen University.
1968 Habilitation at Department of Biology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; “Dozent” and founder of the Animal Behaviour Research Group (“Arbeitsgruppe für Verhaltensforschung”), Faculty of Biology.
1971 – Professor of Zoology
1950 – Comparative behaviour research and population ecology of songbirds, with emphasis on visual mechanisms (enemy recognition in birds, prey recognition in reptiles), the functional organization of complex activities, ethometry. Research trips to Southern Macedonia (1958), Spain (1960), Galapagos (1962/63), Jamaica (1969), Panama (1979), Tonga (1990), Fiji (1990/91), and Philippines (1993 – today).
1963 – Studies on the behavioural and morphological phenomorphism of neo-tropical hawkmoths and the measurement of the selective coefficient of larval phenomorphs; stochastic determination of intra-specific behavioural variation of a Jamaican lizard. Sociobiology and life history of parental care in songbirds.
– Doctoral Dissertation (1959, Parey, Berlin, Hamburg)
– The Ethology of Predation (1976, Springer). A review of the ethology and behavioural ecology of predator hunting strategies.
Physiological practical; excursion in marine biology to Italy; courses, seminars and practicals in “Behaviour”;
further courses in “Zoology for Psychologists”;
“Introduction to quantitative evolutionary research”;
“Behavioural ecology: empirics and modeling”.
Public education, lectures and seminars, e.g. “Models in biology” together with K. STEINBUCH on the European Forum at Alpbach (Austria).
Supervision of 12 dissertations and ca. 40 High School teacher and master’s theses.
1968 – 1972 Representative of the Deans of the mathematical and natural sciences of the Ruhr-University at the West German Mathematical and Natural Sciences Faculties Meeting. Member of the coordination committee during the initial build-up of the Ruhr-University as well as member of University Parliament.
1968 – 1997 Faculty member of the Department of Biology, Ruhr-University; various activities in councils and committees.
1965 – 1977 Serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the German Ornithologists’ Society (“DOG”);
1973 President of that Committee
1974 President of the Society´s Research Committee
1966 – 1972 Scientific Advisory Committee of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles
1967 – Member of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature)
1970 Elected member of the American Society of Naturalists.
1970 Member of German Conservation Organization („Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland“)
1973 – 1985 Editor of “Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie”, now “Ethology”.
1980 – 1996 Co-editor of “Bird Behaviour”.
1980 – 1998 Election member of the International Ethological Committee.
1987 – 1990 President of the Ethological Society (“Ethologische Gesellschaft”).
1986 – International Society for Behavioural Ecology.
1988 – 1998 European Society for Evolutionary Biology.
Plenary session lectures on meetings 1970 – 1991 of the following societal or other institutions: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (twice); German Ornithological Society; German Zoological Society, Sociéta Italiana di Etologia, Association of German Biologists, European Society for Evolutionary Biology, International Ethological Conferences (each one, the latter twice).
1991 Member of the Society for Conservation Biology.
1992 Tinbergen lecture of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
1994 Member of the International Ornithological Committee
1995 Ornithologists’ Prize 1995 of the German Ornithologists’ Society.
1995 Founder and Director of Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project
1996 Research Award towards studies in tropical biology of the Smithsonian Institution in Central America.
1998 Election Member of IUCN Survival Service Commission and its Re-introduction Specialist Group.
1999 Election into the Editorial Board of the “Silliman Journal”
2000 Honorary member of Ethological Society (“Ethologische Gesellschaft”)
2000 – 2001 President and co-founder of Bioresource Conservation Trust for the Philippines (BioCon), Pandan, Antique, Philippines
2001 – 2003 Board Member of BioCon
2001 Chair for Biodiversity, first in the ASEAN states, assigned by EU ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation
2011 Renewal of the Philippine conservation project and it’s umbrella NGO under new names with slightly updated aims.
2017 President of PhilinCon