Miriam Zemanova




Wildlife Welfare – 3Rs Principles – Compassionate Conservation – Animal Ethics – Humane Education

Research Associate
Department of Geosciences


I received my BSc degree in Applied Ecology (Czech University of Life Sciences) and earned two MSc degrees: in Ecological Conservation (Cranfield University) and in Forestry, Water and Landscape Management (Czech University of Life Sciences). I obtained my PhD degree in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern. Before joining the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Basel and at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology Sydney.

My research interests focus on wildlife welfare, conservation genetics, humane education, and the 3Rs principles of responsible animal use, particularly in wildlife research (https://3RsWildlife.info).

You can find more information about me and my work on my personal website at: https://miriamzemanova.com.


Research and publications

  • Book chapters

    Zemanova M. A. (2022): Non-Domesticated Terrestrial Species. In Knight A., Phillips C., Sparks P. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare (1st ed., pp. 271-281). London, UK, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003182351


    Knight A., Zemanova M. A. (2022): Animal Use in Veterinary Education. In Kipperman B., Rollin B. E. (Eds.), Ethics in Veterinary Practice: Balancing Conflicting Interests (1st ed., pp. 369-402). Hoboken, USA, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119791256.ch18



  • Peer-reviewed articles

    Zemanova M. A. (2023): Crucial but neglected: limited availability of animal welfare courses in education of wildlife researchers. Animals 13: 2907. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13182907


    Zemanova M. A. (2023): Prevalence of conscientious objection policies to harmful animal use in education at medical and veterinary faculties in Europe. Trends in Higher Education 2: 332-339. https://doi.org/10.3390/higheredu2020019


    Zemanova M. A. (2022): Attitudes toward animal dissection and animal-free alternatives among high school biology teachers in Switzerland. Frontiers in Education 7: 892713. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2022.892713


    Zemanova M. A., Ramp D. (2021): Genetic structure and gene flow in eastern grey kangaroos in an isolated conservation reserve. Diversity 13: 570. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13110570


    Zemanova M. A. (2021): Non-invasive genetic assessment is an effective wildlife research tool when compared with other approaches. Genes 12: 1672. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12111672


    Zemanova M. A. (2021): Making room for the 3Rs principles of responsible animal use in ecology: potential issues identified through a pilot survey. European Journal of Ecology 7: 18-39. https://doi.org/10.17161/eurojecol.v7i2.14683


    Zemanova M. A., Knight A., Lybaek S. (2021): Educational use of animals in Europe indicates reluctance to implement alternatives. ALTEX 38: 490-506. https://doi.org/10.14573/altex.2011111


    Zemanova M. A. (2021): New online resource on the 3Rs principles of animal research for wildlife biologists, ecologists, and conservation managers. Conservation 1: 106-112. https://doi.org/10.3390/conservation1020009


    Zemanova M. A., Knight A. (2021): The educational efficacy of humane teaching methods: a systematic review of the evidence. Animals 11: 114. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11010114


    Wallach A. D., Batavia C., Nelson M. P., Bekoff M., Baker L., Ben-Ami D., Boronyak L., Cardilini A., Carmel Y., Celermajer D., Coghlan S., Dahdal Y., Gomez Y., Kaplan G., Keynan O., Khalilieh A., Kopnina H., Lynn W., Narayanan Y., Riley S., Santiago-Ávila F. J., Yanco E., Zemanova M. A., Ramp D. (2020): Recognizing animal personhood in compassionate conservation. Conservation Biology 34: 1097–1106. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13494


    Zemanova M. A. (2020): Towards more compassionate wildlife research through the 3Rs principles: moving from invasive to non-invasive methods. Wildlife Biology 2020: wlb.00607. https://doi.org/10.2981/wlb.00607


    Zemanova M. A. (2019): Poor implementation of non-invasive sampling in wildlife genetics studies. Rethinking Ecology 4: 119-132. https://doi.org/10.3897/rethinkingecology.4.32751


    Zemanova M. A., Broennimann O., Guisan A., Knop E., Heckel G. (2018): Slimy invasion: climatic niche and the current and future biogeography of Arion slugs invaders. Diversity and Distributions 24: 1627-1640. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12789


    Zemanova M. A., Knop E., Heckel G. (2017): Introgressive replacement of natives by invading pest slugs. Scientific Reports 7: 14908. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14619-y


    Zemanova M. A., Perotto-Baldivieso H. L., Dickins E. L., Gill A. B., Leonard J. P., Wester D. B. (2017): Impact of deforestation on habitat connectivity thresholds for large carnivores in tropical forests. Ecological Processes 6: 21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13717-017-0089-1


    Zemanova M. A. (2017): More training in animal ethics needed for European biologists. BioScience 67: 301-305. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw177


    Zemanova M. A., Knop E., Heckel G. (2016): Phylogeographic past and invasive presence of Arion pest slugs in Europe. Molecular Ecology 25: 5747-5764. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13860


    Desurmont G. A., Zemanova M. A., Turlings T. C. J. (2016): The gastropod menace: slugs on Brassica plants affect caterpillar survival through consumption and interference with parasitoid attraction. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 183–192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-016-0682-2


    Zemanova M. A., Knop E., Heckel G. (2015): Development and characterization of novel microsatellite markers for the Arion species. Conservation Genetics Resources 7: 501-503. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-014-0406-2