Nino Maag | PhD Student

nino I am an ecologist and I want to know how animals move through space and time, and how they perform in changing environments. My interests are landscape ecology, movement ecology, metapopulation dynamics, landscape genetics and conservation biology. So far, I investigated the influence of a dynamic water regime on gene flow between subpopulations of a riverine grasshopper species. Furthermore, I worked on predicted effects of climate change on Alpine bird species indicative for structural diversity in mountain forests.

Beyond research, I love nature and doing outdoor sports such as hiking, climbing, ski touring, cycling, swimming and diving. Also, I like reading, good food, cooking, beer and football (yes, watching it on TV and giving uneducated and inexperienced comments).



  • 2013-present, PhD student, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies,
    University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011-2012, Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Research Institute, WSL, Switzerland
  • 2010-2011, MSc in Ecology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2006-2009, BSc in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland



  • Maag N, Karpati T, Bollmann K (2013) Semi-natural river system maintains functional connectivity and gene flow of the critically endangered gravel grasshopper (Chorthippus pullus). Biological Conservation 158:88–97
  • Maag N, Gehrer L, Woodhams DC (2012) Sink or swim: a test of tadpole behavioral responses to predator cues and potential alarm pheromones from skin secretions. Journal of Comparative Physiology – A 198:841–846