Nikica Šprem – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Luca Corlatti – Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Slavo Jakša – Nature park Biokovo
Laura Iacolina – University of Primorska
Toni Safner – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Krešimir Kavčić – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Andrea Rezić – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Sunčica Stipoljev – University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture
Igor Ilić – NGO Help Nature, Zagreb
Luca Corlatti – I’m a Postdoc at the University of Freiburg (Germany), with an interest in the behavior, ecology and management of mountain wildlife, and a preference for sexual selection, population dynamics and abundance estimation. My current projects involve red deer and marmots. And chamois, of course: I’ve published some 20 refereed scientific articles on the biology, ecology and management of this mountain ungulate and I am the lead author of the chamois chapter for the Handbook of the Mammals of Europe (Springer Nature). I’m co-editor of the Volume on Terrestrial Cetartiodactyla for the same Handbook, Associate Editor of Mammalian Biology and Wildlife Biology, and member of the Caprinae Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Nikica Šprem – I am Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Croatia, where I teach Wildlife management and related subjects as Biology and Ecology of Wildlife. My early career interest was applied genetics in wildlife management, especially in ungulate species (wild boar, red deer). In the recent years my research has focused on the behavior, ecology and management of wild caprine species (aoudad, European mouflon and of course chamois) in the Mediterranean ecosystem of Dinaric Mountains. I have published 48 refereed scientific articles. Also, I have supervised or am currently supervising 19 MSc and 5 PhD students.
Sandro Lovari – I have published over 50 papers on systematics, biometrics, ecology, behaviour and conservation of chamois, beside three times as many on other large mammals. I have chaired the IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group for 19 years and, on 1999, I received the award “Personality of the Year” from the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (C.I.C.) for my contribution to the conservation and management of mountain ungulates. After being full professor of Animal Behaviour for some 30 years, I retired four years ago, but old habits die hard and I am still involved in chamois research.
Juan Herrero – I am Associate Professor at the University of Saragossa, Spain, where I teach Ecology and related subjects as Wildlife, Environmental Education and Protected Areas. My field of expertise is wildlife ecology and management and with a focus on large mammals. I am deeply involved in long term monitoring of Pyrenean chamois, Iberian wild goat, wild boar and red deer in mountain environments and I collaborate in advisory boards of Game Reserves. Currently I am the co-chair of the Caprinae Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Elena Bužan – I am a Professor at the University of Primorska, Slovenia, where I teach several courses related to genetics and nature conservation, i.e. Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary Genetics, and Conservation Biology. My work involves basic genetic studies (in landscape genetics, phylogeography, epigenetics etc.) as well as the application of modern molecular approaches to a variety of conservation and evolutionary issues, such as management of wildlife populations, understanding of diseases-triggers and responses of mammals to stress inducing factors, and impact of habitat fragmentation and degradation on gene flow and genetic population structure of small mammals and wild ungulates. In ungulates, northern chamois is the focal species of my interest; so far I have published several peer-reviewed papers on genetic characteristics of this species in high-ranking scientific journals.
Luca Rossi – I’m Full Professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Torino since more than 20 years. I’m lecturer in veterinary parasitology, ecopathology and wildlife management with special expertise on mountain Ungulates. My research is focused on transmissible diseases and parasites of wild Caprinae, from the field to molecular epidemiology. Sarcoptic mange in free ranging Rupicapra spp. and Capra spp. is my favourite model. During my long academic life, I’ve been consultant of OIE, Anses and other conservation agencies on matters related to transmissible diseases of mountain wildlife. I’ve been co-chairman and currently the Secretary of the GEESFM (Groupe d’Etudes sur l’Ecopathologie de la Faune Sauvage de Montagne), a dynamic association engaged in promoting interdisciplinary research and visions on mountain wildlife health and conservation. I’m also honoured to be member of the IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group.
Marco Apollonio – In 1983 I won a three years specialisation grant at the Italian National Institute of Wildlife Biology, where I worked as researcher four more years, then for 10 years I was assistant professor at the University of Pisa, and from 2000 full professor of zoology at the University of Sassari, where I presently work in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. I have been working from the beginning of my career on ungulates behavioural ecology, ecological genetics and management and from 1992 on large carnivores with special reference to wolf biology and interaction with wild ungulates. Ungulate management in Europe has become a strong interest for me and I co-edited three books on this subject. Mountain ungulates are one of the main topics of my research, with special reference to mating strategies and habitat selection; and about 30 out of the 158 refereed scientific articles I published are dealing with this group.
Marco Festa-Bianchet – I did my Ph.D. at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, then a postdoc at the University of Cambridge, UK. I was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, in 1990 and became Full Professor in 1999. I am interested in how individual differences in size, growth, age, sex, genotype etc. affect the evolutionary ecology and population dynamics of large herbivores. I am currently working on bighorn sheep, caribou, and eastern grey kangaroos. I have previously worked with mountain goats, fallow deer, Alpine chamois and ibex. My research is based on long-term monitoring of marked individuals, ideally of known age and parentage. I have supervised or am currently supervising 36 MSc and 21 PhD students. I have published 227 refereed scientific articles. From 2002 to 2006 I chaired the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. I was for 16 years (2001-2016) Chair of the Caprinae Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Sabine Hammer – I studied Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Vienna University and finished my doctoral thesis in 2001. Beginning with my diploma thesis in 1994, my scientific work is dedicated amongst others to the evolutionary history of wildlife, with special reference to the chamois. Numerous conference contributions, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters reflect my fascination for this “beloved species”. Since 2006, I teach and carry out research in the context of livestock immunology and comparative oncology in companion animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria)
Emmanuel Serrano – I lead the Wildlife Ecology & Health (WE&H) group and I am a member of the Servei d’ Ecopatologia de Fauna Salvatge (SEFaS), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. I’m a wildlife ecologist and my research integrates ecology, physiopathology, microbiology, parasitology and statistical modelling to address wildlife disease and management issues. I am particularly committed to understanding the impact of co-infections and food shortages on the health of wildlife populations, using chamois as a study model. Understanding the feeding ecology of chamois and its role in the Alpine ecosystem integrity in the focus of my research agenda.
Francesco Ferretti – I am interested in behavioural ecology and management of large mammals, with an emphasis on mechanisms of interspecific interactions (including competition, facilitation, predator-prey relationships and top-down/bottom-up processes in general). Besides both species of chamois in Italy, I have been working on several other species of ungulates (deer, wild boar) and carnivores (wolf, red fox, large cats). I am Associate Editor of Mammalian Biology and Review Editor of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and member of the Caprinae Specialist Group of the IUCN. Currently I am Associate Professor at the University of Siena.