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Dr. Werner Suter - Personal Homepage
I am interested in how animals select and use their habitat, what foraging strategies they employ, and how they affect their resources.
The current focus is on the trophic interactions between ungulates and the vegetation in nutrient-poor savannas. Over the years, I have studied similar interactions between ungulate grazers/browsers in Central European lowland and alpine forests, and between predators and prey populations in aquatic habitats. These included effects of great cormorant on fish and of diving ducks on mollusc populations.
Other studies of habitat use by vertebrates focus on fragmentation effects in forests and on modelling habitat selection (African bulbuls, capercaillie, Alpine mammals).
Current topics include:
I am a lecturer at
ETH Zurich, Department of Environmental Sciences (http://www.usys.ethz.ch/env/index_EN),
where I currently offer two courses, Vertebrate Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
& Management (http://www.vvz.ethz.ch,
Other professional activities
Member of the scientific advisory board, Swiss Biodiversity Forum (http://www.biodiversity.ch). I have served on the board of a several other professional organisations, such as the Swiss Ornithological Society (http://www.ala-schweiz.ch).
Education and previous positions