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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Monica Bond

Research interests

I am a wildlife biologist with an emphasis on integrating behavioral ecology and demography to conserve threatened species. My current research focuses on population dynamics of giraffes in the Tarangire and Serengeti Ecosystems of northern Tanzania. My research aims to improve conservation and management of giraffes and other tropical ungulates inhabiting increasingly fragmented ecosystems.

Previously I studied space use by small mammals and Burrowing Owls in grasslands, habitat use by Spotted Owls in burned landscapes, and demography of northern elephant seals and arboreal salamanders in California and Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.


Education and professional positions

2020 - present Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow; Estación Biológica de Doñana, Seville, Spain
2017 - 2020 Ph.D. in Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 - present Principal Scientist, Wild Nature Institute
2011 Biologist, The Institute for Bird Populations, Lassen National Forest, California
2004 -2010 Research Assistant, Point Blue Conservation Science, SE Farallon Island, California
2008 - 2009 Field Biologist, NMFS Pacific Islands Marine Science Center, Tern Island, Hawaii
2006 - 2007 Biologist and Co-Principal Investigator, The Institute for Bird Populations, Sequoia National Forest, California
2001 - 2006 Staff Biologist, Center for Biological Diversity, Idyllwild, California
1999 - 2001 Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
1996 - 1999 M.Sc. in Wildlife Science, Oregon State University

Selected publications

  • Lee DE., Lohay GG., Cavener DR., Bond ML. (2022). Using spot pattern recognition to examine population biology, evolutionary ecology, sociality, and movements of giraffes: a 70-year retrospective. Mammalian Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s42991-022-00261-3
  • Morandi K., Lindholm AK., Lee DE., Bond ML. (2022). Phenotypic matching by spot pattern potentially mediates female giraffe social associations. Journal of Zoology. DOI: 10.1111/jzo.13009
  • Kiffner C., Bond ML., Lee DE. (editors). (2022). Tarangire: Human-Wildlife Coexistence in a Fragmented Ecosystem. Ecological Studies Series Volume 243, Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-93604-4
  • Lavista Ferres JM., Lee DE., Nasir Md., Chen Yu-Chia., Bijral AS., Bercovitch FB., Bond ML. (2021). Social connectedness and movements among communities of giraffes vary by sex and age class. Animal Behaviour 180:315-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.08.008
  • Bond ML., Lee DE., Ozgul A., Farine DR., König B. (2021). Leaving by staying: Social dispersal in giraffes. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(12):2755-2766. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13582

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Monica Bond

Monica Bond

Post-doctoral research associate

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