Academic Record

since 2021: Curator of vertebrates, Natural History Museum Basel, Switzerland.

2017-2020: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bern, Switzerland
Advisor: Ole Seehausen

2016-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Victoria, Canada
Advisor: Thomas E Reimchen

2012-2016: PhD of Science in Ecology & Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland, summa cum laude
Supervision: Ole Seehausen, Laurent Excoffier & Catherine E Wagner

2007-2009: MSc in Biology, Anthropology, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Supervision: Michael Krützen & Carel van Schaik

2004-2007: BSc in Biology, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Professional Experience

2010-2011: Orniplan AG, Zürich, Switzerland

2004: BirdLife Switzerland, conservation center Neeracherried


2022: Swiss National Science Foundation, project grant 310030_212982 “Unraveling the genomic origin of species in the fastest Holarctic bird radiation of large white-headed gulls (Larus spp.)”, CHF 716,848.

2019: Swiss National Science Foundation, open acccess publication grant 31AC-0_192903, CHF 5,084.

2015: Swiss Zoological Society, travel grant, CHF 1,000.


2017: EFFS award for best PhD dissertation in Freshwater Sciences 2016-2017, subsidiary prize. European Federation of Freshwater Sciences.

2016: Volz award for best PhD thesis 2015/16 at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

2015: 1st price CEEB poster competition 2015, Center of Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

2015: 2nd price student talk award, Biology 15, Swiss conference on organismic biology, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Invited Lectures

May 2021: Natural History Museum Bern journal club, Bern, Switzerland.

May 2021: Evolutionary Biology group meeting, University of Konstanz, Germany.

March 2021: Interfaculty Bioinformatics Group meeting, University of Bern, Switzerland.

March 2021: Biology Department, Lund University, Sweden.

September 2020: Genetic Diversity Center (GDC) symposium, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

March 2020: Seminar series in aquatic ecology and evolution, Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

May 2018: Population Genomics + Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics of Natural Populations group meeting, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

December 2017: Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology group meeting, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS Montpellier, France

October 2017: Seminar series in aquatic ecology and evolution, Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

March 2017: Les Ecologistes seminar series, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, Canada

September 2016: Department of Biology seminar series, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada

March 2016: Seminar series in aquatic ecology and evolution, Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

September 2015: Genetic Diversity Center (GDC) symposium, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Contributed Presentations

February 2020: Biology20, Swiss conference of organismic biology, University of Zürich, Switzerland

March 2019: Gordon research conference and seminar on speciation, Ventura CA, USA

February 2019: Biology19, Swiss conference of organismic biology, University of Zürich, Switzerland

August 2018: Evolution 2018, Montpellier, France

March 2018: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics symposium 2018, University of Cambridge, UK

February 2018: Biology18, Swiss conference of organismic biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

May 2017: Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution Meeting 2017, Victoria BC, Canada

August 2015: Congress of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) 2014, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

July 2015: 8th international conference on stickleback evolution and behavior, Stony Brook University, NY, USA

February 2015: Biology15, Swiss conference of organismic biology, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland

June 2014: Evolution 2014, Raleigh NC, USA

January 2014: Swiss national science foundation doctoral program “Population Genomics” final meeting, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


August 2018: Symposium “Towards an integrated understanding of genomic and phenotypic divergence” organized and hosted with Reto Burri, Violaine Llaurens, Richard Merrill, Marina Rafajilovic & Mark Ravinet, Evolution 2018, Montpellier, France


June 2015: Workshop “Theoretical and empirical evidence for adaptation”, La Fouly, Switzerland

March 2013: European science foundation FROSpects workshop “Genetics and Genomics of Speciation”, Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

Teaching Experience

since 2017: lecturing “Evolutionary Biodiversity Dynamics” course, University of Bern, Switzerland

since 2012: teaching assistant, aquatic ecology and evolution courses, University of Bern, Switzerland

2008: teaching assistant, evolutionary genetics of primates, University of Zürich, Switzerland

since 2004: instructor, field ornithology, advanced field ornithology and naturalist guide courses, ZVS/BirdLife Zürich, Switzerland

Additional Research Experience

2009: Volunteer field work, orangutan behavior studies, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Supervision: Maria van Noorwijk, University of Zürich

2007: Field course in tropical biology, Kibale, Uganda. Tropical Biology Association, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
Supervision: Ara Monadjem, University of Swaziland

2005-2015: Breeding bird monitoring, conservation area Neeracherried. On behalf of the Swiss federal office for the environment / Bafu, Swiss national peatland conservation evaluation program

2005: Bird migration census, Cape Greco, Cyprus
Supervision: Tobias Roth, University of Basel, Switzerland


since 2011: Member of the Swiss Rarities Committee, c/o Swiss Ornithological Station, Sempach, Switzerland

2018-2020: Representative of the mid-level staff in the directorate of the Institute of Ecology & Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

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