César Metzger

Address
Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Evolutionsbiologie
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel
Switzerland

Office
O1.21

Phone
+41 (0)61 267 03 72

Fax
+41 (0)61 267 03 62

Email
biology-at-cesarmetzger.ch

Fieldwork

César Metzger

Assistant and PhD candidate in the group of Prof. Dieter Ebert. Works on host-parasite co-evolution in the Daphnia-Pasteuria model system.

powaqqatsi: (from the Hopi language) sorcerer life, an entity, a way of life that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life.


Research interests

 Foremost my interests lie in disciplines such as Evolutionary Biology, Infectious Diseases and Parasitology, but also the classical disciplines of Comparative Zoology and Anatomy. More specifically I am fascinated by the effects of parasitism and symbiosis on the evolution of organisms, and in the mechanisms and processes of such phenomena. How do organisms enter in a parasitic relationship? Then how do they evolve in relation to their partner organism(s)? What are the consequences?  Some of the projects I am currently applying myself to include:

 

Trivial occupations

Within the realm of science, I am a huge fan of anatomy and dissection (I strongly recommend Kšörperwelten!), as well as fieldology and ancient anatomy books. Outside of science I enjoy the sempiternal beauty of the sky, which is why I have always been drawn to flying and have done so a great many times, whether by aircraft or glider. Traveling is also something I really don't mind doing, be it to an urban area or to some remote place in the middle of nowhere. Other interests include industrial design, performing arts, and cinema.

 

Curriculum vitae

 
Born in 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland
2010-ongoing PhD thesis in evolutionary zoology at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel    
2009-2010 Scientific collaborator at the Section of Conservation Biology, University of Basel    
2009 Field research assistant, Laboratory for Conservation Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
and Land and Wildlife Conservation Firm AMAIBACH, Oron-la-ville, Switzerland
(“Study of the hybrid zone of Triturus c. cristatus and T. c. carnifex in Switzerland”)    
2007-2009 M.Sc. in Behavior, Evolution and Conservation (MSc BEC), supervised by Dr. Philippe Christe PD-MER and in collaboration with Dr. Sylvain Ursenbacher, University of Lausanne    
2007-2008 Field research assistant, KARCH, Koordinationsstelle für Amphibien- und Reptilienschutz in der Schweiz
(Invasive snake species monitoring)    
2007 Undergraduate research assistant to Prof. Claus Wedekind, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
(“Testing computer-operated game theory experimental setups with humans”)    
2003-2007 B.Sc. in Biology, University of Lausanne    
2003 Undergraduate lab assistant to Prof. David A. Chiszar, Herpetology Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado
(Care-taking of several Crotalus species and to Boiga irregularis and some bibliographical work)    
2003 One study-semester in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology (EBIO), University of Colorado, USA.    

Spoken languages: English, French, Swiss-German, German, Finnish (Still a beginner, it's a very long learning process!)


 

Teaching experience

 
2013 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Zoology practicals, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Locust dissection & development; Teaching Assistant; ~45 students; ~7h)    
2012 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Zoology practicals, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Locust dissection & development; Teaching Assistant; ~40 students; ~7h)    
2011 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Undergraduate research projects, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Undergraduate research project; Supervisor; 2 students: Kristina Anselm & Andrea Kaufmann; ~60h)    
2011 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Zoology practicals, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Locust dissection & development; Teaching Assistant; ~35 students; ~7h)    
2010 Fall Teaching assistant to Dr. Jean-Claude Walser, Evolutionary Bioinformatics Practicals, University of Basel (Practicals in Computer Room; ~6h)    
2010 Fall Introduction into Biology Tutorial Course, University of Basel (Teaching Assistant/Tutor; 10-12 students; 6x 1.5h)    
2010 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Undergraduate research projects, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Undergraduate research project; Co-Supervisor; 2 students: Bianca Bracher & Tobias Schär; ~60h)    
2010 Spring “Zoology Blockkurs”, Zoology practicals, 3rd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Basel (Locust dissection & development; Teaching Assistant; ~30 students; ~7h)    
2008 Spring Zoology practicals for 1st year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Lausanne (Mainly dissections and some behavioral ecology; Teaching Assistant; ~35 students; ~30h)    
2008 Spring Animal keeping/caretaking: Snakes, 1st year Animal-Keeper trainees, EPSIC and University of Lausanne (Instructor; ~25 students; 2x 45min)    
2008 Spring Swiss amphibian fauna fieldtrips (8x 5h) and lecture (45min) for 1st year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Lausanne (Primary Instructor; ~150 students)    
2007 Spring Swiss amphibian fauna fieldtrips (10x 5h) and lecture (45min) for 1st and 2nd year B.Sc. in biology students, University of Lausanne (Primary Instructor; ~200 students)    
 

Memberships & Affiliations

 

Publications

Papers

2011

2009

 

Popular press

2010

   

Talks & Posters

Talks

2013

2012

2010

2009

2008

 

Posters

2010

2009

Other contributions

Reviewing work

Amphibia-Reptilia, Mertensiella.

Scientific activities & services

Science outreach

def. “Science outreach, also called Education and Public Outreach (EPO or E/PO) or simply Public outreach, is an umbrella term for a variety of activities by research institutes, universities, but also institutions such as science museums, aimed at promoting public awareness (and understanding) of science (PAWS) and making informal contributions to science education.” (Source Wikipedia)

Member Frei Denken Uni Basel - Free thinkers academic association, University of Basel
Instructor Environmental issues and ecological awareness course for the Maintenance and NBC-defense troops of the Swiss Army
Guest instructor Wilderness camp “Les Pros de la Forêt” (Newspaper article)
Snakes demonstrator University open house “Les Mystères de l'Unil
Chief counsellor Teen camp about farm and wild animals “La Ferme du Bonheur”
Camp counsellor Teen camp about farm and wild animals “La Ferme du Bonheur”
Rules judge United States of America's National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Science judge United States of America's National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Junior caretaker Reptile, amphibian and insect zoological garden “Vivarium de Lausanne”