Hybridization between wild and domestic animals often results in lower levels of viability and fertility of hybrid offspring and may lead to genetic extinction. The locally endangered European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) does hybridize with the domestic cat. I am interested in the impact of this hybridization on the Wildcats. During my PhD I developed genetic SNP-markers to distinguish between wildcats, domestic cats and their admixed progeny. I then inferred the hybridization rate of wildcats in Switzerland. I am currently still working on this theme, but on a larger scale. My findings should help defining conservation priorities for wildcat populations.
|2013 - present||Post-doctoral researcher at the IEBES, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2013 - present||Scientific collaboration with Federal Office of Environment|
|2009 - 2013||Ph.D. at the IEBES, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2009 - 2010||Scientific collaboration, Faunalpin, Bern, Switzerland|
|2004 - 2008||Scientific collaboration in ecological consultancy, Hintermann & Weber, Bern, Switzerland|
|2003||Internships in nature education|
|2003||Diploma in Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland|