Tobias Weber | MSc Student

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

tobiasI’m looking at the influence of density on the growth of amphibians, particularly of the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), which is an endangered species in Europe. I’m doing this by rearing the tadpoles under different densities, and at the same time I am conducting fieldwork to measure growth and density in their natural habitats. Since most of their habitats have been destroyed, artificial ponds have been built as a substitute habitat. My project helps to understand if the artificial ponds built for the natterjack toad are having a positive effect on their population or not.

I’m interested in ecology and especially in projects that help to protect the local species and environment. As a part-time job I work in the “Naturmuseum” Winterthur where I explain children and adults specific biological topics.

Master in Ecology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
2009-2013 Bachelor in Biology, University of Zurich