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Dr. Bettina Wachter

Project C1: Parasites and immune cells in cheetahs and leopards: PhD students: Ulrich Sternberg (C1-1), Maria Serocki (C1-2) and Sarah Bala (C1-3).

Bettina Wachter
Image Credit: Bettina Wachter

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Evolutionary Ecology

Research interest:

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Conservation Biology

Krücken J, Czirják GÁ, Ramünke S, Serocki M, Heinricht SK, Melzheimer J, Costa MC, Hofer H, Aschenborn OHK, Barker NA, Capodanno S, Madeira de Carvalho L, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G, East ML, Wachter B (2021).
Genetic diversity of vector‑borne pathogens in spotted and brown hyenas from Namibia and Tanzania relates to ecological conditions rather than host taxonomy.
Parasit Vectors 14:328. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-04835-x.


Schares G, Joeres M, Rachel F, Tuschy M, Czirják GÁ, Maksimov P, Conraths FJ, Wachter B. (2021).
Molecular analysis suggests that Namibian cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are definitive hosts of a so far undescribed Besnoitia species.
Parasit Vectors 14:201. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-04697-3.


Seltmann A, Schares G, Aschenborn OHK, Heinrich SK, Thalwitzer S, Wachter B*, Czirják GÁ*. (2020).
Species-specific differences in Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum and Besnoitia besnoiti seroprevalence in Namibian wildlife.
Parasit Vectors 13:7. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3871-3. *equal contribution.


Seltmann A, Webster F, Martins Ferreira SC, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B*. (2019).
Age-specific gastrointestinal parasite shedding in free-ranging cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on Namibian farmland
Parasitol Res 118:851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00436-018-6190-2. *equal contribution.


Costantini D, Czirják GÀ, Melzheimer J, Menges V, Wachter B. (2019).
Sex and species differences of stress markers in sympatric cheetahs and leopards in Namibia.
Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 227:8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2018.09.002.


Heinrich SK, Hofer H, Courtiol A, Melzheimer J, Dehnhard M, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B*. (2017).
Cheetahs have a stronger constitutive innate immunity than leopards.
Sci Rep 7:44837. doi: 10.1038/srep44837. *equal contribution.


Costantini D, Wachter B, Melzheimer J, Czirják GÁ. (2017).
Socioecological and environmental predictors of physiological stress markers in a threatened feline species.
Conserv Physiol 5: cox069. doi:10.1093/conphys/cox069.

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