Dr. Bettina Wachter
Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 518
Short curriculum vitae
Since 2001 research scientist at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology.
Since 1996 research on African carnivore species in Southern and East Africa, with extended periods of field work on free-ranging carnivore species on farmland in Namibia and in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Profound knowledge and experience in animal observation, handling and dissection, methods of counting and radio-tracking animals, collection of samples for genetic, hormonal, immunological, histological and serological analyses using non or minimal invasive techniques. Establishment of field laboratories to process samples and of transport chains of frozen samples to Europe. Maintaining long-term co-operations with farmers, stakeholders and government officials in Africa and Europe.
1996 – 2001: Dr. rer. nat at the University of Berne, Switzerland and the Max-Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen, Germany. Doctoral thesis: Facultative siblicide, female choice and male reproductive success in the female-dominated spotted hyaena Crocuta crocuta in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
1988 – 1994: Studies in biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. MSc thesis: Diet overlap and polyspecific associations of red colobus and Diana monkeys in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast.
- Behavioural ecology of wildlife species
- Reproductive success and health of carnivore species
- Immune system of carnivore species
- Movement and spatial ecology
- Conservation biology
- Human-wildlife and land use conflicts
- Stakeholder dialogue and citizen science
Ludwig et al (2019) J Zoo Aquar Res
Melzheimer et al. (2018) Ecosphere
Heinrich et al. (2017) Sci Rep
Heinrich et al. (2016) Biol Open
Krengel et al. (2015) Clin Vaccine Immunol
Voigt et al. (2014) PLoS One
Ludwig et al. (2013) Gen Comp Endocrinol
Wachter et al. (2012) PLoS One
Castro-Prieto et al. (2011) Mol Biol Ecol
Wachter et al. (2011) Conserv Lett