I am a wildlife biologist, and my main research interests are in - but not restricted to - dispersal ecology and landscape connectivity. Dispersal and landscape connectivity play a pivotal role in ecology, linking demographic to spatial patterns. Understanding the causes and consequences of the redistribution of individuals within or among populations is not only an exciting research topic, but also has profound implications for conservation and wildlife management in today’s increasingly fragmented landscapes. More broadly, I am interested in habitat selection by animals, the space race between predators and their prey, and I am more and more into the nitty-gritties of movement ecology. I work in various systems and on various taxa, such as carnivores, ungulates and birds.
I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Ornithological Institute (Vogelwarte) in Sempach, Switzerland. I am also a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa, where I act as an advisor on several postgraduate students’ theses in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation.
I am a member of the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group, and a member of the scientific committee of the bi-annual International Symposium on Wild boar and other Suids (ISWoS).