Chloé Nater | MSc Student

After finishing my Master Studies in Zürich, I have moved to CEES (Centre of Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis) in Oslo. Now a PhD student, I work on the joint impacts of climate change and harvest on size-structured fish populations using advanced bayesian mark-recapture methodologies and integral projection models.

I have always been very interested in the life of animals, about what they do and why. Growing up with the knowledge of global climate change and of rapid human population growth, my curiosity has focused on how wild animals can (or cannot) deal with changes in their environment.

After collecting some experience in different fields, I started my Master studies in Ecology in February 2014 at the University of Zurich. In the following 1.5 years, I will be developing a trait-based demographic model for the African Striped Mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio). The aim of my Master’s thesis is to uncover how environmental factors like rainfall affect physiological traits (e.g. body mass, hormone levels) in these mice, and how these physiological reactions in turn alter survival and reproductive success. I will try to answer these questions based on long-term data collected in the succulent karoo, South Africa, by the team of our collaborator Dr. Carsten Schradin (CNRS, University of Strasbourg). Further information about the field site and Carsten’s research can be found at

2014-2015 MSc in Ecology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
2013 (Oct-Dec) Internship in the Brown Laboratory (Chronobiology), Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich
2013 (Jun-Aug) Internship at Melrakkasetur – The Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik, Iceland
2010-2013 BSc in Biology, University of Zurich