Curriculum vitae

Photo © Ornella C. Weideli

Photo © Ryan Daly | SOSF

Pictures from my study sites in Seychelles and French Polynesia.

"Growing up in landlocked and mountain-dominated Switzerland did not preclude me from dreaming about the Ocean. On contrary, from early on I was fascinated by the underwater world. This passion has allowed me to start a highly versatile journey..." - Ornella C. Weideli

Academic Qualifications

2015 - 2020:        Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Biology of populations, genetics, and eco-ethology

                          École Pratique de Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris, France

Thesis title: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks. Supervision: Dr Serge Planes, Dr Yannis Papastamatiou

               

2010 - 2012:        Master of Science in Animal Biology

University of Basel, Switzerland

Thesis title: Has resort related large-scale mangrove habitat destruction resulted in a change in the prey community and therefore in a dietary shift of nursery bound juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Supervision: Dr Walter Salzburger, Dr Samuel Gruber

2006 - 2009:        Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Thesis title: Immunocytochemical Investigation of the Renin Angiotensin System in Kidney Tissue of normotensive, treated and untreated double transgenic Rats (dTGR).

Supervision: Dr Hans Imboden

Research Positions and Work Experiences


01/2021 – present            Scientific expedition leader: Sail and Explore Association, Bern, Switzerland

Leading sceintitifc expeditions for an association committed to marine science and conservation with a special focus on plastic pollution, sharks, and rays.

www.sailandexplore.com

10-2020 - 01/2021            Postdoctoral researcher & project leader: Physioshark, CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia                                                      Assessing the effects on climate change on the physiology and ecology of reef sharks.

Supervision: Dr Jodie Rummer, Dr Serge Planes

wwww.physioshark.com

06/2020 - present            Research study coordinator, Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr Risch, Liechtenstein                            

Testing the utility of a fertility bracelet to diagnose and monitor symptoms potentially related to COVID-19. Supervision: Prof Dr med Lorenz Risch, Kirsten Grossmann

www.risch.ch

06/2020 - 08/2020            Fundraising coordinator, Erfolgswelle AG, Switzerland

Fundraising for new, innovative, and scientific film productions.

12/2014 - 06/2020            PhD Research: SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre, D’Arros Island, Seychelles

Coordinating and conducting fieldwork for my PhD project entitled: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks.

Supervision: Dr Serge Planes, Dr Yannis P. Papastamatiou

11/2016 – 04/2017            PhD Research: CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia

Coordinating and conducting fieldwork for my PhD project entitled: Mechanisms of coexistence: A multi-disciplinary investigation of sympatric juvenile reef sharks.

Supervision: Dr Jodie Rummer, Dr Serge Planes

                                    

12/2013 – 05/2014            Research assistance, CRIOBE,  Moorea, French Polynesia

Coordinating and conducting the sampling of juvenile sicklefin lemon, Negaprion acutidens, and blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus.

Supervision: Dr Serge Planes

11/2013                             Research assistance: SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre, D’Arros Island, Seychelles

Movement assessment of sub-adult and adult reef sharks.

Supervision: Dr James Lea

01/2012 – 02/2012            Research internship: Lemon Shark Aggregation Study, Florida, USA

Tagging and tissue sampling of adult sharks, deployment of acoustic receiver, and              fishing.

Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Steven Kessel

01/2011 – 08/2011            M.Sc. Research: Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas

                                           Dietary investigation in juvenile lemon sharks.

Supervision: Dr Kristine Stump, Dr Samuel Gruber

10/2009 – 12/2009            Research internship: Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas

                                           Assistance in fieldwork related work. Supervision: Dr Samuel Gruber, Dr Kristine Stump

03/2012 – 12/2012            Research assistance: Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr Risch, Bern, Switzerland

                                           Analysing blood and plasma samples for medical and diagnostic tests.

Supervision: Dr Ute Weidemann, Prof Dr med Lorenz Risch

06/2010 – 12/2010            Medical secretary and assistance: Pathology Länggasse, Bern, Switzerland

                                           Preparation and dispatch of medical diagnostic results.

Supervision: Dr Hans Jörg Altermatt

08/2009 – 10/2009            High school teacher: Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern, Switzerland

Teaching classes and practical courses in zoology, ecology, cell biology, immunology, and genetics.

Supervision: Dr Heinz Stöckli

01/2010 – 04/2010            High school teacher: Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern, Switzerland

Teaching classes and practical courses in zoology, ecology, cell biology, immunology, and genetics.

Supervision: Franz-Xaver Troxler

06/2005 - 06/2013             Bartender and waitress: Café Aarbergerhof, Bern, Switzerland

Long-term employment as waitress and bartender 

Grants, Awards and Sponsorships

 

05/2019                             Travel Award from Flying Sharks to attend the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting,                                                 Snowbird, Utah, USA: 220 €

03/2018                             Travel Award from CRIOBE to attend the 7th Rencontres de l’Ichtyologie en France (RIF),

                                           Paris, France: 530 €

07/2017                             Travel Award from Women in Marine Science to attend the 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference                                                   (IPFC), Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 550 €

06/2017                             Travel Award Flying Sharks to attend the 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC),

                                           Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 550 €

06/2017                             Travel Award from École Doctoral of the École Pratique des Hautes Études to attend the 10th                                                 Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC), Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 550 €.

06/2017                             Travel Award from CRIOBE to attend the 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference (IPFC),

                                           Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 1000 €

08/2016                              Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Continuous Grant for PhD project at the                                            SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $7,750

06/2016                              AES Student Travel Award to attend the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting,

                                           New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: $500

05/2016                              Mares and Fourth Element Dive Equipment sponsorship for several features in the media

04/2016                              Travel Award from CNRS/CRIOBE to attend the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium,                                                        Hawai’i, USA: 804 €

03/2015                              Travel Award from the École Doctoral of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE),  

                                           32nd meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, New Orleans, USA: 300 €

02/2015                              Travel Award from the Ecole Doctoral of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), 

                                           13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawai’i, USA: 800 €

12/2014                              Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Continuous Grant for PhD project at the                                            SOSF - D’Arros Research Centre: $13,880

05/2014                              Basler Stiftung für biologische Forschung Grant for PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros                                                             Research Centre: $4,000

03/2014                              Save Our Seas Foundation Travel Award, Sharks International meeting in Durban,                                                                     South Africa: $1,000

03/2014                              Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Grant for PhD project at the SOSF - D’Arros Research                                                      Centre: $35,000

07/2013                              AES Student Travel Award to attend the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) meeting,                                                          Albuquerque, NM, USA: $800

10/2012                              Taiwan Youth Trekker Award as a financial support to explore the Taiwanese fisheries                                             and shark landings: $2,500

08/2012                              Reisefonds für den akademischen Nachwuchs der Universität Basel, Switzerland. Travel grant to                                             attend the American Elasmobranch meeting, Vancouver, Canada: $2,000

02/2011                              Swiss Shark Foundation Research Grant for my Master project at the Bimini Biological Field                                                     Station: $4,000

For a more detailed CV, please send me an email.

Photo © Rainer von Brandis | SOSF

Ornella Céline Weideli, PhD

PSL Research University

EPHE-UPVD-CNRS, USR 3278 CRIOBE

Université de Perpignan, 58 Avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan, France

 

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