Conservation Biology seminar

The CB seminar is the informal platform where we exchange information about division activities and research projects. BSc, MSc and PhD students present here their research proposals and results. External speakers are also invited to contribute. The presentation usually lasts 30-40 minutes; local speakers can be interrupted by the audience when clarification is needed. A general discussion follows. Students intending to take part have to register on ILIAS before the start of the seminar. Registration of participating students on KSL should be effected at latest two weeks before the end of the event.

Location: Muesmattstrasse 27, room 116 (1st floor)

Time schedule: Wednesday, 10:30–12:00

Spring semester 2024


21.02.2024 Prof. Njal Rollinson, University of Toronto
Responses of ectothermic vertebrates to climate change inferred from decades of individual-based monitoring

28.02.2024 (1) Léa Höhener and (2) Juliette Stettler, MSc proposals
(1) Flower strips in vineyards: benefits and risks for wild bees
(2) How do stone pile characteristics and landscape elements influence stoat presence in fruit cultures in the Valais

06.03.2024 (1) Tom Tobler and (2) Sidney Friedrich, MSc proposals
(1) Comparing Methods for better Estimation of Size Population of the European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) in Switzerland
(2) A Population Model of the European Tree Frog Hyla arborea for Management Planning

13.03.2024 (1) Lalya Poupon and (2) Silja Eller, MSc proposals
(1) Response of butterfly communities to different active grassland restoration methods
(2) Extensification effects of montane and subalpine meadows on wild bee and hoverfly communities

20.03.2024 (1) Lara Schärer and (2) Valeria Benz, MSc proposals
(1) The effect of small structures on the carabid beetle community
(2) Effects of different treatments of forest disturbance sites on ungulate activity and browsing damages

27.03.2024 (1) Shaquille Matthys, PhD proposal; and (2) Lisa Moser, MSc proposal
(1) Dealing with uncertainty and conflicting objectives in the control of the invasive species Trachemys scripta
(2) An animal welfare assessment during the management of the invasive red-eared slider Trachemys scripta elegans

03.04.2024 Eastern break

10.04.2024 (1) Luca Robbi, and (2) Serena Poloni, MSc proposals
(1) Using drone mounted thermal imaging cameras for microclimate mapping in alpine landscapes
(2) Contribution of grape-protection nets in vineyards to avian mortality

17.04.2024 (1) Gilles Hauser, PhD proposal; and (2) Jeanne Käser, MSc proposal
(1) Conservation of the high alpine alluvial habitats released by melting glaciers in the Swiss Alps
(2) TBA

24.04.2024 (1) Laetitia Studer, MSc proposal; and (2) Pascal Pini, BSc proposal
(1) Post-fledging ecology of Hoopoes
(2) Estimating body condition and its influence to early movement in young Eurasian hoopoes (Upupa epops)

01.05.2024 MSc final results mini-symposium
Maude Vernet, Assessing and modelling invasion risks: application to a conservation introduction
Rico Felder, Post-fledging survival and habitat use of juvenile Upupa epops (European Hoopoe)
Gaëtan Marchand, Effects of passive mountain grassland restoration on diurnal butterfly community in the Swiss alps
Marina Hofer, Five different reptile, bird and mammal predators of Thekla’s lark Galerida theklae and Mediterranean short-toed lark Alaudala rufescens in Lleida, NW Spain
Gregory Egloff, Small structures for mustelids

08.05.2024 BSc proposal presentations
(1) Dominik Epli, Comparison of suitable habitat conditions to optimise habitat conditions for Hyla arborea
(2) Luca Fuhrer, Optimizing field observation for peregrine falcon monitoring: balancing duration vs. frequency
(3) Alice Ruffieux, Microclimate variation in internal microhabitats of alpine landscapes
(4) Michael Wyss, Pollinator community differences between restored, unrestored and ancient remnant extensively managed grasslands in the Swiss plateau
(5) Nicolas Stettler, A non-invasive method to study family size and activity patterns of Eurasian Beavers Castor fiber