June 11, 2021 – we are very pleased to introduce to you a new member of the Oikon team – dr. Đuro Huber, professor emeritus, who works as an Advisor and Senior Associate at our Department of Nature Protection and Landscape.
Professor Emeritus Đuro Huber graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb in 1975, after which he worked at the Department of Biology as a volunteer, then as an intern of the Self-governing Interest Community for Science, and briefly as an assistant at the Out-patient’s Clinic. He then became an assistant at the Department of Biology, where he stayed until his retirement in 2015.
He received his Master’s degree from the Faculty of Science at the University of Zagreb in 1977 and defended his Doctoral dissertation in 1979 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. After earning his doctorate degree, professor Huber spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, where he researched wildlife biology and pathology at the Wild Animal Disease Center, as well as various centers in 12 other US states.
During his teaching career, he founded and led elective courses: Ecological Significance of Predators, Biodiversity, Protection in the Management of Endangered Species, Biology and Ecology of Predators, and Zooecology. As part of his doctoral study in Veterinary Medicine, he was teaching the elective course Environmental Relations and Veterinary Activity. Since 2002, he has been participating in teaching at the Polytechnic of Karlovac, where he teaches General Ecology and Zooecology as part of the study “Hunting and Nature Protection”. He and his collaborators have written two manuals for professional-clinical, laboratory and field work for the subjects Biology, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Botany in Veterinary Medicine and Zoology (2003, 2005) and the university textbook “Fundamentals of Ecology” (2015). In addition, he is the co-author of 27 chapters in 15 books in the field of biology, especially large carnivores. He is the author of about 500 entries in the field of biology in the “Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Human and Veterinary Medical Terminology” published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – HAZU (2006). Independently or in collaboration with other authors, he has published more than 500 scientific and professional papers in domestic and foreign journals and proceedings from domestic and international conferences.
The narrower field of scientific work of professor Huber is the biology and ecology of large carnivores (bear, wolf and lynx). Since the mid ‘80s, he has been a leader or co-leader on 16 international projects (National Geographic Society, Washington DC, USA; US-Croatian Science and Technology Program; International Association for Bear Research and Management; ALIS; LIFE III project – EU; LIFE project; BIBI MATRA project; INTERREG IIIA project; Co-funding for DinaRis project; FP7 project “HUNT”; SERA-ERA-NET project; NINA Norway and “LIFE DINALP BEAR” European Commission project). To date, he has led a total of 24 different projects, ranking him among the top scientists of the Faculty with the most domestic and international projects competed.
Based on his recognized scientific work, he has given over 100 public lectures on various topics in the field of biology, ecology, ethology, pathology and methods of studying wildlife, and nature and environmental protection in Croatia and the United States. He wrote scripts and prepared video material for 5 educational TV shows, and participated in 4 television round tables on different fields of science. He was the editor of the journals “Priroda” and “Veterinarski arhiv”, and the books “Animal victims of Croatian homeland war 1990-1992”, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagreb (1993) and “The wolf does not threaten – the wolf is endangered”, Society Kočevje Nature Park, Kočevje (1995).
Professor Huber held several positions at the Faculty, the University, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and state administrative bodies. He has been a member of many domestic and international professional associations, including the Wildlife Disease Association, International Bear Association (IBA), European Wolf Network, IUCN Species Survival Group – Bear Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Group for Wolves – Wolf Specialist Group, IUCN SSC Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe, and IUCN SSC Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.
For his many years of scientific work, he has won many national and international awards, including the Presidential Award “International Association for Bear Research and Management” (2005), the Infa Eco Network Europe Personal Award (2012) and the Eugen Podaupsky Charter for Special merits and contribution to the improvement of scientific, teaching and professional work and contribution to spreading the reputation of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession in the homeland and the world (2015).
The National Science Center in Poland has accepted his research project “Wildlife health in a human-shaped environment: integrating multiple indicators to assess the status of brown bear populations (BearHealth)” and he received a two-year employment contract at the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2018. – 2020.).
By the decision of the Senate of the University of Zagreb, in 2016, professor Huber was awarded the honorary title of professor emeritus. Under that title, he has been conducting an integrated undergraduate and graduate study of veterinary medicine in English since the academic year 2016/2017.