Gabriela Gschwend | MSc Student

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

gabrielaI have always been interested in animal welfare and conservation management. During my apprenticeship at the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht, I concluded for myself that the best management strategies arise by understanding the requirements and preferences of animals. Thereby, the corner stone to biology was set. My interest for the bigger coherence of the members of our ecosystem grew constantly and I am glad to implement it in my Master project.

I started my master project in January 2014. The aim of my Master’s thesis is to provide further knowledge about beavers (Castor fiber) and amphibians in Switzerland and announce supporting arguments on the discussion about the conflicts appearing when beavers encounter humans. I will apply linear mixed effect models to abundance data from spawns of the common frog (Rana temporaria) to test which of my explanatory variables best explains variation in abundance. Occupancy models will be applied to detection/non-detection data from spawns of the common toad (Bufo bufo) and from adult amphibian species (possibly also larvae) to analyse how the distribution of amphibian species present in Switzerland is influenced of the beaver pond-related factors.

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