Thomas Jehle, BEd

I am a master student at the University of Innsbruck, where I study biology, and geography and economics to become a teacher for secondary schools. Having grown up in a village in the mountains, I have always been close to nature. My fascination for nature motivated me to study this field of science and to teach others about it.
In my master thesis, I am part of a project led by the environmental protection department of the Tyrolian government, the molecular ecology research group of the University of Innsbruck, and the “High Alps Nature Park Zillertaler Alps”. In this project, we investigate the rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) population in this nature park. In selected areas, we gather faeces and feathers for extracting DNA and genotyping rock ptarmigans using microsatellite loci. The data obtained will then facilitate to identify individuals and determine, among others, population size.

Research topics
Conservation biology
Population genetics and genomics

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