Dr. Bettina Wachter


Department of Evolutionary Ecology

Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 518
E-Mail: wachter@izw-berlin.de

Short curriculum vitae

Professional appointments
Since 2001 research scientist at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology.

Professional experience
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.

Research interests
  • 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
Selected publications

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