The seminar is open to both credit and non-credit students, and the public who may wish to enrich their appreciation of conservation biology. Research specialists from other institutions may wish to schedule appointments with Professor Curio for consultations on their pending publications or research topics on conservation biology.
Professor Curio's seminar will cover the following topics:
- Review of literature: conservation biology
- Data preparation, collection and management
- Graphic design and statistics
- Publication of research and linguistic difficulties
- Dissemination of results
- Wildlife rescue, rehabilitation & release
- Predator – prey relationships
- Seed dispersal
- Ants and leaf damage
- Invasive species: marine toad
Seminar, discussions & reports: 11:00 AM to 12:00NN; 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (2 lectures per day; equivalent to 3 units credit. When Professor Curio returns to Germany, Prof. JC Gonzalez will continue with the seminars.
Venue: TBA (to be arranged)
Field work: Supervised field work for thesis/research students
Tentative Date: 8-12 September 2015 (5 days tentative)
Venue: Inner forest areas in Northern Panay -- Sibaliw Research Station
Sibaliw location map: http://www.panaycon.org/Pages/maps.html
Click here for a National Geographic article which provided highlights on Sibaliw biodiversity research.
Samples of field research in Sibaliw here and here.
Research proposals for seminar presentation by students shall be screened and approved by Prof. E. Curio/Dr. JCT Gonzalez. Interested students must register at A218 and submit a 3 to 5 page seminar proposal with the following details:
- Statement of the Research Problem
- Analytical Framework
- Review of Literature (at least three most important published studies on conservation biology)
- Proposed research design
- Contact details (name, address, mobile number, email address)
Students taking the course for credit shall be graded based on seminar performance.
Deadline of seminar abstracts: 15 August 2015.
For the field work, participants are expected to provide for their accommodation, subsistence, air travel and related expenses through faculty or staff development grants, sponsorships and other personal resources.
Prof. Curio is globally famous for his work on preserving endangered species, such as the 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 most recently, 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.