Before my PhD, I worked at KORA (Carnivore Ecology and Wildlife Management) in Bern, Switzerland. I spent two winters camera-trapping Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx in the Swiss Alps and the Jura Mountains for population monitoring. Under the supervision of Fridolin Zimmermann and Urs Breitenmoser, I analysed the data using photographic capture-recapture methods to estimate lynx densities, and I co-authored technical reports to the national and local governments to inform management. I also assisted in capturing and collaring lynx for translocations in the framework of an applied management project.
During my time at KORA, the IUCN Cat Specialist Group invited me to participate in a Rapid Assessment Survey for the conservation of Arabian leopard in Yemen. I spent two weeks in the country performing various interviews, and recording presence data in December 2007. I co-authored a popular piece on traditional leopard traps in this region.