Marc Skubski, BSc
In 2019, I finished my bachelor in BioGeoWissenschaften at the University Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Following my interest for Alpine ecosystems and landscapes, I then decided to move to Innsbruck to study the masters programme of Ecology and Biodiversity.
For my master thesis, I am working on the western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in the Brandenberg Alps, within the grouse monitoring programme of the Tyrolian government. I want to assess the current population genetic structure by genotyping non-invasively taken samples (faeces and feathers), collected in two rounds of fieldwork. Beyond this, I am going to analyse a second dataset to simulate a single, but more intensively conducted, sampling round. My aim is to quantify if future monitoring on the western capercaillie in Tyrol can be adjusted to one round of fieldwork per year, without significantly affecting the estimations of population size and population genetic structure.