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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Iris Biebach

Research interests

In general my interests are the impacts human actions have on nature. By using molecular genetic tools in bottlenecked and small populations I address questions in evolutionary biology and conservation biology.

In my PhD research I investigated the effects of reintroduction history on genetic diversity and degree of inbreeding in Swiss Alpine ibex populations. Current research includes the detection of inbreeding depression on population dynamics in Alpine ibex and reviewing a 10-year research program on ibex, that was funded by FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment) and includes management recommendations resulting from the research program.


Education and professional positions

2009 - present Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - 2009 Ph.D. at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2004 Internship at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
2003 Diploma in Biology with Major in Zoology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Selected publications

  • Biebach I., Keller LF. (2010). Inbreeding in reintroduced populations: the effects of early reintroduction history and contemporary processes. Conservation Genetics 11(2):527-538. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-009-0019-6
  • Biebach I., Keller LF. (2009). A strong genetic footprint of the re-introduction history of Alpine ibex (Capra ibex ibex). Molecular Ecology 18: 5046-5058. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12896
  • Keller LF., Biebach I., Hoeck PEA. (2007). The need for a better understanding of inbreeding effects on population growth. Animal Conservation 10: 286-287. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2007.00133.x

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Iris Biebach

Iris Biebach

Post-doctoral researcher

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Alpine Ibex

Alpine Ibex