About

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 – e.g. pathogens – and abiotic – e.g. phenology – environment. Currently, I am most interested in the potential of migrants to adapt to rapidly changing environments as well as their potential to spread pathogens across large distances.

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.

 

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