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Dr. Eckhard W. Heymann

German Primate Center

Eckhard W. Heymann is an emeritus researcher at the German Primate Center. His research interests are the ecology and behaviour of Neotropical primates, particularly of tamarins and titi monkeys, and tropical ecology, particularly animal-plant interactions. From 1975 to 1981, he studied biology at the University of Giessen. After a research stay at the Centro de Reproducción y Conservación de Primates No-Humanos of the Universidad Nacional Mayor San Marcos in 1982-83, he received his doctorate in 1985. Thereafter, he started field research in the Peruvian Amazon in 1985, which he continued until his retirement in 2023.


EWH was the director of the Estación Biológica Quebrada Blanco in north-eastern Peru from 1997 to 2022. He authored and co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals plus more than 60 papers in other journals and book chapters. Since 2000, he is a regional coordinator of the IUCN-SSC Primate Specialist Group. In 2007, he became an adjunct professor of the University of Göttingen. In the context of a Letter of Understanding with the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (UNAP) in Iquitos, he taught field and theoretical courses and supervised students from UNAP.


He co-organized the symposia “Primatología en el Perú” in Lima (2011), Iquitos (2013) and Puerto Maldonado (2015) and the 1st congress of the Asociación Peruana de Primatología (Piura, 2017), and in 2016 he organized the 1st European Conference of Tropical Ecology in Göttingen. EWH serves as an associate editor of the journal “Primates” and co-editor of the journal “Ecotropica”. 

Talk: "40 years of field research in the Peruvian Amazon - insights, experiences and lessons"

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