Near Savognin, Switzerland
Picture by Nina & Anouk
Nina Gerber & Anouk N'Guyen
We are a couple (+ dog) passionate about
nature, adventures, and science.
This is a website about our research interests, travel adventures, nature experiences and our attempts to a more sustainable lifestyle.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Nina is currently studying how the recolonization of wolves influences deer movement and behavior in a cultural landscape at the University of Göttingen. Before coming back to Europe, Nina was an SNF Postdoc Fellow in Brisbane, Australia and was studying the movement of fish larvae and how this can inform planning of marine protected areas. Before that, she finished her Master's degree in Biology at the University of Bern and her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zürich.
Anouk is working as a Teaching Coordinator and Lecturer at ETH Zürich. During her Master- and PhD-studies at the University of Basel, Anouk investigated environmental challenges such as invasive fish & microplastics in a trans- and interdisciplinary setting.
We are both interested in ecology & conservation biology and are convinced that we need more than one approach to make progress in any field. We further think that the communication of research results is key if scientists want to contribute to effective policy & decision making. You find more information on our research interests & approaches in the Research Projects section.
In our private lives, we are trying to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle and to reduce our ecological footprint. We love wildlife watching and Nina is always keen on sharing fascinating facts about the species we meet - you can find a sample in the blog Ninas Natur.
I am currently a Postdoc in the WeideWildWolf project based at the Georg-Augustus University Göttingen in Germany, where I study the effects of recolonizing wolves in Europe. Before I was based in Brisbane, Australia, where I used theories, models and field studies to understand reef fish dispersal and to quantify the mortality in the larval phase. The results of this project will help to allocate marine protected areas more effectively.
Before focusing on movement ecology, I did my Ph.D. in evolutionary biology; an endeavor that equipped me with solid quantitative skills. I investigated cyclical parthenogenesis and the evolution of sex with Hanna Kokko at the University of Zürich, where I thereafter did a short project on maternal investment with Anna Lindholm.
In my free time, I love any adventure in nature, birdwatching, dancing, playing rugby - basically playing any sport.
I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with a background in sustainable development, ecology, economics, and journalism. Currently, I work as a Teaching Coordinator and Lecturer at IBP, ETH Zürich where I support faculty to create an excellent learning environment for students.
My latest research project focused on microplastics in the food web of whales and during my Ph.D. in environmental sciences at University of Basel, I investigated potential ecological changes and socio-economic impacts caused by non-native fish. Coping with complex challenges requires the knowledge and collaborative research of scientists and practitioners from varying backgrounds. This is why I enjoy fostering a constant dialogue between different disciplines in the context of sustainable development.
My other interests include bird & wildlife watching, gardening & cooking & handicrafts, reading & writing, hiking & dancing, mindfulness & yoga, adventures & travelling. Find me on Twitter.
Nala is our 18-year-old Belgian shepherd/Bernese mountain dog mix. She loves snow, food and snoring under our desks.
In her younger years, she was running through agility courses, obedience training and learning new tricks. She still loves tricks, as long as there is a treat for her to get. She is also still up for any adventure - in a slow speed though, which gives us the time to try to identify birds that cross our paths.