Studies

Luxembourg primary education in Dudelange and secondary education at the LHCE in Esch/Alzette  was followed by a nearly useless year of medicine studies at the CULuxembourg (as it was called in those days), then two more successful years of medicine studies at Université de Liège, Belgium.

Doing what I had to do I switched to biology at the same university and got my degree in animal biology after only 3 years, including 6 months of degree thesis on wolf’s diet at Università degli Studi di Parma.

A .pdf of this degree thesis (in Italian) can be found here

After my studies I relatively quickly found work as a biologist at the Fondation Hellef fir d’Natur (now natur&ëmwelt)

May 2003 I left the Foundation, to start a research-thesis to obtain a DPhil at the University of Sussex… handed it in end of March 2007, had the viva in July 2007, corrections handed in in January 2008, received an invitation to the graduation Ceremony in July 2008… it’s been a long but worthwhile way….

It was financed with a Bourse de Formation-Recherche, in collaboration with Administration des Eaux et Forêts (now Administration de la nature et des forêts), Luxembourg, I received a Chevening Scholarship from the British Council in 2006 and some of the travelling to the conferences was financially supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche.

The subject of the thesis was: Diet, condition and population structure of the wild boar Sus scrofa population in Luxembourg and the effects of supplemental feeding

The viva was set to the 19th of July 2007 - I passed, did the “minor corrections”, handed in…
I would like to thank the examiners for the time they have taken to do such a good job.

The thesis was accepted in the beginning of 2008, graduation ceremonies were held on the 24th of July in Brighton - a great experience, especially as it was Lord Attenborough’s last session as the University’s Chancellor.
Have a look at this short video sequence of the Summer Laudatio 2008.

If you would like a digital copy of the complete thesis, send an e-mail to
cellinace-thesis_a_yahoo.com (replacing “_a_” with an @)

 

I presented some of the results at the following conferences:

Oral presentation at the The Wildlife Society 16th annual Conference in Monterey, CA, USA, September 2009

Oral presentation at the Bonner Jägertag in Bonn, Germany, September 2009

Active participation, as a member of the board, in the XXIX International Union of Game Biologists Congress in Moscow, Russia, August 2009

Poster presented at the 7th international wild boar Symposium in Sopron, Hungary, 2008 Poster Sopron

Oral presentation at the XXVe Reunion of scientific collaborators of the MNHN in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2008

Oral presentation at the colloque: Les nouveaux enjeux de la gestion de la faune sauvage in Wépion, Belgium, 2008

Oral presentation at the International Union Game Biologists Congress in Uppsala, Sweden, 2007

Posters presented at the workshop Per la gestione del cinghiale nelle aree protette, Siena, Italy, May 2007

Oral presentation at the Symposium für Jagd- und Wildtierforschung, Schnett Thüringen, Germany, April 2007

Oral presentation at the general assembly of Pour une chasse écologiquement responsable a.s.b.l. , Ingeldorf, March 2007

Oral presentation and expertise at the public hearing on hunting, Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, March 2007

Oral presentation at the MNHN in the frame of SNL conferences in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2007

Oral presentation at the 6th international wild boar Symposium in Kykkos, Cyprus, 2006

Oral presentation at the general assembly of Luxembourg hunters association Fédération Saint Hubert des Chasseurs du Grand Duché de Luxembourg in Dudelange, Luxembourg, 2006

Award for poster on wild boar diet at the 2e Journée des boursiers in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2005

Award for poster on wild boar diet at the International Union Game Biologists Congress in Hannover, Germany, 2005

A .pdf of the two presented posters can be found here:
IUGB 2005 diet-poster
IUGB 2005 hunt-poster

Posters presented at the XXIIe Reunion of scientific collaborators of the MNHN in Mondorf, Luxembourg, 2005

Oral presentation at the MNHN in the frame of an SNL conference in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2004

First results presented at the 5th international wild boar Symposium in Krakow, Poland, 2004