Jérôme Guélat | External PhD Student

jerome I’m an ecologist with particular interests in population ecology, GIS, spatial modelling, landscape ecology, conservation biology and quantitative methods. I started my research career with shrews in Switzerland, and then I discovered the wonderful world of birds when I was volunteering for the conservation of the pink pigeon in Mauritius. I travelled back and I am now working for the Swiss Ornithological Institute.

Up to now my research focused mainly on:

  • Species distribution modelling and GIS
  • Metapopulation dynamics and coexistence of shrews
  • Conflicts between birds and wind farms

My PhD thesis is supervised by Marc Kéry (Swiss Ornithological Institute) and funded by Swiss National Science Foundation.

I also love being outside in the wild, hiking or snowboarding in the mountains, taking pictures, and diving. Otherwise I enjoy reading a good book when the weather is too bad…



  • 2013-present, PhD student, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
  • 2007-present, GIS Team Leader, Swiss Ornithological Institute
  • 2006-2007, Field Researcher, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
  • 2006-2005, MSc in Conservation Biology, University of Lausanne



  • Liechti F, Guélat J, Komenda-Zehnder S (2013) Modelling the spatial concentrations of bird migration to assess conflicts with wind turbines. Biological Conservation
  • Liechti F, Guélat J, Bauer S, Mateos M, Komenda-Zehnder S (2012) Konfliktpotenzialkarte Windenergie – Vögel Schweiz: Teilbereich Vogelzug. Erläuterungsbericht. Schweizerische Vogelwarte, Sempach
  • Horch P, Schmid H, Guélat J, Liechti F (2012) Konfliktpotenzialkarte Windenergie – Vögel Schweiz: Teilbereich Brutvögel, Gastvögel und Vogelschutzgebiete gemäss WZVV. Erläuterungsbericht. Schweizerische Vogelwarte, Sempach
  • Royle JA, Kéry M, Guélat J (2011) Spatial capture-recapture models for search-encounter data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • Knaus P, Graf R, Guélat J, Keller V, Schmid H, Zbinden N (2011) Historical Atlas of Breeding Birds. The Distribution of Swiss Breeding Birds since 1950. Schweizerische Vogelwarte, Sempach
  • Korner-Nievergelt F, Sauter A, Atkinson PW, Guélat J, Kania W, Kéry M, Köppen U, Robinson RA, Schaub M, Thorup K, van der Jeugd H, van Noordwijk AJ (2010) Improving the analysis of movement data from marked individuals through explicit estimation of observer heterogeneity. Journal of Avian Biology
  • Guélat J, Jaquiéry J, Berset-Brändli L, Pellegrini E, Moresi R, Broquet T, Hirzel AH, Perrin N (2008) Mass effects mediate coexistence in competing shrews. Ecology
  • Jaquiéry J, Guélat J, Broquet T, Berset-Brändli L, Pellegrini E, Moresi R, Hirzel AH, Perrin N (2008) Habitat-quality effects on metapopulation dynamics in greater white-toothed shrews, Crocidura russula. Ecology