Cristina Colucci | MSc Student

Co-supervised by Dr. Benedikt Schmidt (IEU Group LeaderSwiss Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Program)


Cristina continued with successive internships in Grün Stadt Zürich and at the Office for Spatial Planning of the Canton of Zug. She is aiming for a career in nature conservation and green area management.

I started my master studies in January 2013. The aim of my Master’s thesis, which is co-supervised by Dr. Benedikt Schmidt (KARCH), is to provide evidence for the benefits of artificial stone structures on railway embankments for reptile populations. I will apply an occupancy model to presence/absence data from two lizard species (Lacerta agilis and Podarcis muralis) to calculate the proportion of occupied stone structures and try to identify the habitat variables defining colonization and extinction rates.

I am interested in paleontology, ornithology and especially in herpetology, which is the reason why I appreciate to work on a project about reptile conservation. Since I also like birds, I work in an aviary in my free time.

2013-2015 MSc in Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
2008-2012 BSc in Biology, University of Zurich