Dr. Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten
Dr. Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten is a wildlife biologist with long-term experience in carnivore ecology and conservation. She is involved in long-term ecological field studies of Eurasian lynx in Switzerland. In the frame of these projects she has specialised in conservation genetics and is conducting a project on the impact of the bottleneck on the population genetics of reintroduced lynx populations in Europe. As a co-founder of the Swiss based non-profit organisation KORA (Carnivore Ecology and Wildlife Management), she has worked since the beginning as administrative director and programme coordinator. KORA is commissioned to monitor large carnivore populations in Switzerland by the Federal Government and conducts solution-oriented research projects contributing to the resolution of human-wildlife conflicts in different parts of Europe. In 2001, she has been appointed co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group, a world-wide network of cat experts surveying the conservation status of all felid species. This brings her in contact with many conservation projects around the globe, where she often finds lack of local capacity. Capacity development has therefore become an important part of her work. To improve efficiency and sustainability of conservation activities, Dr. Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten has been involved in strategic conservation planning on regional and national levels and has facilitated many workshops in different cultures and languages.