We investigate the causes and epidemiology of wildlife diseases in an environmental context. We combine retrospective studies on long-term data series and archived samples with prospective studies and targeted samplings. Our aim is to describe disease patterns, determine the causes of diseases, document the occurrence of pathogens and understand intraspecific and interspecific infection dynamics. A common question is whether wild animals are a reservoir for pathogens from domestic animals and/or humans. The role of infectious and non-infectious diseases in species conservation is also an important research focus.

Our projects are characterised by multidisciplinary approaches. Expertise from different disciplines allows us to explore the dynamics of infectious diseases both at the level of animal populations (epidemiology, biology) and pathogens (molecular epidemiology), including environmental and genetic factors.

Based on our research results, we co-develop strategies for the management of diseases at the wildlife-pet-human-environment interface (One Health) in collaboration with stakeholders, develop risk assessments for animal diseases and zoonoses, and formulate recommendations for future management of hunted and protected animal species.