Jelena Mausbach

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Barbara König)

Research Interests

With a background in behavioural ecology with a wide-ranging interest in various research methods, I am currently conducting my PhD studies on eco-evolutionary physiology of moor frogs (Rana arvalis) at the Department of Aquatic Ecology at Eawag (ETH Zurich) (http://www.eawag.ch/de/ueberuns/portraet/organisation/mitarbeitende/profile/jelena-mausbach/show/). This interest of basic science in a changing environment is complemented by my attempts to implement research into Conservation methods and Wildlife management.

After my Masters at the University of Zurich on acoustical communication and stress hormones in meerkats in South Africa and extensive field work on large carnivores in Europe, I got more and more interested in evidence based Animal Conservation and started collaborating with Leopard Ecology & Conservation (www.leopard.ch). At the moment we are finishing up studies on population genetics, spatial ecology and disease status of leopards in Botswana. With this knowledge we would like to ideally improve Human – Wildlife Management Methods for Big Felids in Botswana.

Very broadly I am interested in following research areas:

Eco-Evolutionary Physiology, Conservation Behaviour, Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology, Conservation, Human-Wildlife Conflict Management, Large Carnivores, Movement Ecology, Disease Ecology, Conservation Genetics, Hormones, Conservation Detection Dog

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Education

2017 - present Ph.D. Student in Ecology, Eco-evolutionary Physiology in moor frogs, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2016 - present Research Associate (Leopards at the interface of nature reserves and farmland: Insights into population genetics, spatial ecology and disease status), Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 - 2013 M.Sc. in Biology (Is the production of close calls in meerkats correlated to glucocorticoids and life history traits?), Behavioural Science, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2011 B.Sc. in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Professional Positions

2015 - present Member of the museum educational service team, Zoological Museum Zurich, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2014 - 2016 Research/Field Assistant, preparation PhD project, Leopard Ecology & Conservation, Switzerland and Botswana
2013 - 2016 Research Assistant, Behavioural Science, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Autumn 2014 Supply primary teacher, Lenningskamp Grundschule, Schwerte, Germany
Summer 2014 Field Assistant, Population Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - 2014 Various voluntary field assistance in Large Carnivore Projects (wolves and bears), La Sapienza University, Italy

Selected Publications

  • Mausbach J., Goncalves IB., Heistermann M., Ganswindt A., Manser MB. Expected submission March (2016) Meerkat close calling patterns reflect social status, sex, age and season but not basal faecal glucocorticoids
  • Goncalves IB., Heistermann M., Santema P., Dantzer B., Mausbach J., Ganswindt A., Manser MB. (2016) Validation of a fecal glucocorticoid assay to assess adrenocortical activity in meerkats using physiological and biological stimuli. PLoS ONE, 11(4):e0153161. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153161