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.

Research topics
Conservation biology
Wildlife monitoring

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