Petras Kurlavičius, Professor, Dr. Hab.



In 1974 Petras graduated with honors from forestry studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Agriculture and completed a PhD in Ecology at the St. Petersburg University (1980). He started his research with a particular focus on forest and wooded wetland dwelling birds in agricultural landscape: what is a minimum habitat area of the species on forest islands, what are population numbers and community structure, how they use their habitats and how changes in agriculture affect them. He also was focusing on research that aims to unravel the driving forces and drivers that govern wild bird populations. His interested also in understanding how these processes operate and vary at different scales.
After Lithuania has restored its statehood, Petras Kurlavičius becomes active in ornithology and conservation on international scale. In 1994-2004, he was a member of the international red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio) research working group. In 1994, by competition he was elected a member of the International Ornithological Committee (IOC; till 2014). IOC was an international organization of the world ornithologists-researchers which coordinated international congresses https://www.internationalornithology.org/documents/XXI%20IOC%201994%20Report-IBIS%20Suppl-05-06-10.pdf
Since 1996, he is a Lithuanian representative (delegate) to the European Bird Counting Council (EBCC; http://www.ebcc.info).
Currently Petras is a Professor at the Education Academy (former Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Vilnius) of the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Much of his recent research work has focused on combining various habitat data with data on population changes to understand the reasons for population declines on farmland and forests.
While shifting more into biodiversity conservation, Petras is paying more and more attention towards more sustainable landscape management as well as revealing routes of bird migration.
His personal list of scientific publications covers more than 130 items. Out of them 13 publications are books and brochures. Most of them are in national language, one in Russian and one in English (both are scientific monographs).