I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach.
Research interests: Animal Migration, Wildlife Infectious Disease Dynamics, Global Change Biology, Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Animal Tracking Technologies
I am an early-career scientist with special interest in empirical and theoretical research on bird migration and interactions with their biotic and abiotic environment. I’m interested in the (proximate) factors that shape migration, the individual fitness effects of particular migration strategies and how it subsequently affects population dynamics. Furthermore, I try to understand how climatic or human-driven changes along migratory routes may affect individual migration behaviours and fates. Currently, I am also working on the quantification of the potential of migrants to spread pathogens across large distances using a dynamic state dynamic modelling approach (stochastic dynamic modelling).
I am also involved in the development of analysis tools for animal tracking using light-level geolocators: such tags that can be mounted on animals as small as 12 grams and record light intensity over time allowing to estimate locations after the recapture of the animal and download of the recorded data. I developed a simple analysis tool – R package GeoLight – and I am involved in the development of a more sophisticated tool – R package SGAT – that contains Bayesian methods allowing to use additional information such as land masks to refine the error-prone location estimates.