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Dr. Bettina Wachter

Project C1: Parasites and immune cells in cheetahs and leopards
PhD student: Maria Serocki (C1-2)

Bettina Wachter
Image Credit: Bettina Wachter

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Evolutionary Ecology

Research interest:

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Conservation Biology

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, Wachter B, Melzheimer J, Czirják GÁ (2017):
Socioecological and environmental predictors of physiological stress markers in a threatened feline species. Conservation Physiology 5(1) ): cox069.

Costantini D, Czirják GÀ, Melzheimer J, Menges V, Wachter B (2018)
Sex and species differences of stress markers in sympatric cheetahs and leopards in Namibia.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A. Molecular & Integrative Physiology.227: 8-13

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. * authors contributed equally to the work.
doi: 10.1038/srep44837., PMID: 28333126

* equal contribution.


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