I studied Zoology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Since 1991 I have worked in the Swiss Lynx Project, which later became KORA. At first, I was a field assistant, and later completed my PhD thesis with the topic “Predation patterns of Eurasian Lynx in the Swiss Jura Mountains”. Since 1999 I have coordinated SCALP, a programme aimed to synchronize the monitoring and conservation activities of lynx in the Alps. Moreover, I participate(d) in various EU projects, sometimes as coordinator for Italy (CE1001 3Lynx, LIFE Lynx) or for Friuli (LIFE DINALP BEAR). Since 1997, I am a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, and since 2016 a member of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe.