Tina Cornioley | PhD Student

Tina Cornioley

I am an ecologist combining population ecology, evolutionary ecology and animal movement analysis. Using a theoretical approach on field data, I aim to investigate the adaptive (plastic) phenotypic response of a population to environmental changes and the resulting population fluctuation. I am especially interested in determining behavioral (foraging movements) and physiological (body mass variation) responses and their effects on fitness. My current research focuses on the impact of climate changes on the population dynamic of the Wandering Albatross. Using tracking data, I identify changes in foraging movement as a response to climatic conditions and link movement changes to individuals’ body mass variation. My objective is then to build a demographic trait-based model in which life history traits of the population are explained by individuals’ 1) foraging movements and 2) body condition. Ultimately, these results can be used to make informed conservation decisions.



  • 2013-present, PhD student, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies,
    University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011-2012, MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, University of York, UK
  • 2009-2011, MSc in Biology: Ecology and Evolution, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2006-2009, BSc in Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland



  • Cornioley T, Börger L, Ozgul A, Weimerskirch H (2016) Impact of changing wind conditions on foraging and incubation success in male and female wandering albatrosses. Journal of Animal Ecology
  • Cornioley T, Jenouvrier S, Börger L, Weimerskirch H, Ozgul A (2017) Fathers matter: male body mass affects life-history traits in a size-dimorphic seabird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B