VALLANT Stephanie BSc MSc

 

 
Stephanie Vallant

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25      (room 513)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51755
F +43 (0)512 507-51799
  stephanie.vallant@student.uibk.ac.at

 As an ornithologist, I investigate various bird species in several projects in the area of environmental protection.

In my master thesis, I specialized in the genetic analysis of grouse species. In cooperation with the Institute of Legal Medicine in Innsbruck, I optimized methods for DNA extraction and DNA analysis of non-invasive samples to investigate endangered and elusive species like capercaillie and black grouse. These methods were applied to an extensive monitoring project, now continued in collaboration with the Molecular Ecology group, in which faeces and moulted feathers of capercaillie, black grouse, hazel grouse, rock ptarmigan, and rock partridge are collected and genotyped. DNA analysis enables a determination of species and sex as well as a monitoring of individuals through genetic fingerprinting, which allows the estimation of population dynamics.

Research Topics
  • Biogeography and faunistics
  • Conservation biology
  • Ornithology
  • Population genetics