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MEIER N., LUCEK K., ZUFFI M.A.L., STORNIOLO F., MEZZASALMA M., GENIEZ P., DUBEY S., SACCHI R., SCALI S. & URSENBACHER S. (In press) Extensive gene flow suggests lack of reproductive barriers between the two subspecies of the Green Whip Snake Hierophis viridiflavus (Squamata, Colubridae), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
RUSTERHOLZ H.-P., URSENBACHER S., WEIBEL U., CORAY A. & BAUR B. (2023) Genetic diversity and population structure derived from body remains of the endangered flightless longhorn beetle Iberodorcadion fuliginator in grassland fragments, Diversity 15(1) 16, pdf
VOROS J., URSENBACHER S., JUELIC D., TOMOVIC L., CRNOBRNJA-ISAILOVIC J., AJTIC R., STERIJOVSKI B., ZINENKO O., GHIRA I., STRUGARIU A., ZAMFIRESCU S., NAGY Z.T., PECHY T., KRIZSIK V., MARTON O. & HALPERN B. (2022) Well-known species, unexpected results: high genetic diversity in declining Vipera ursinii in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Amphibia-Reptilia 43 407-423, pdf
MEIER N., DUBEY S., GLAIZOT O., SCHMITZ A., ZAMBELLI N.& URSENBACHER S. (2022) Where are you from? Origin determination of the introduced green whip snake, Hierophis viridiflavus (Reptilia: Colubridae), in Switzerland, Herpetological Notes 15 (2022) 335-344, pdf
ZWAHLEN V., LOURDAIS O., URSENBACHER. S. & GUILLER G. (2022) Rare genetic admixture and unidirectional gene flow between Vipera aspis and Vipera berus at their contact zone in western , Amphibia-Reptilia 43 181-194, pdf
NANNI-GESER S. & URSENBACHER S. (2022) Multiple paternity in the Asp viper, Journal of Zoology 318 (3) 158-165, pdf
MONDINO A., CROVADORE J., LEFORT F. & URSENBACHER S. (2022) Impact of invading species on biodiversity: Diet study of the green whip snake’s (Hierophis viridiflavus, L. 1789) in Switzerland, Global Ecology and Conservation 38 e02239, pdf
ORIGGI F., PISANO S.R.R., GLAIZOT O., HERTWIG S.T., SCHMITZ A. & URSENBACHER S. (2022) Ophiodiomyces ophiodiicola, the etiologic agent of Snake Fungal Disease, is present in Europe since the late 1950’s, Emerging Infectious Diseases 28 (10) , pdf
DUCHESNE T., GRAITSON E., LOURDAIS O., URSENBACHER S. & DUFRENE M. (2022) Fine-scale vegetation complexity and habitat structure influence predation pressure on a declining snake, Journal of Zoology 318 (3) 205-217, pdf
DUCOTTERD C., CROVADORE J., LEFORT F., RUBIN J.-F. & URSENBACHER S. (2021) A powerful long metabarcoding method for the determination of complex diets from faecal analysis of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis, L. 1758), Molecular Ecology Ressources 21 433–447, pdf
CHEVALIER M., MOD H., BROENNIMANN O., DI COLA V., SCHMID S., NICULITA-HIRZEL H., PRADERVAND J.-N., SCHMIDT B.R., URSENBACHER S., PELLISSIER L., GUISAN A. (2021) Low spatial autocorrelation in mountain biodiversity data and model residuals, Ecosphere 12 (3) e03403, pdf
FRANCOIS D., URSENBACHER S., BOISSINOT A., YSNEL F., LOURDAIS O. (2021) Isolation-by-distance and male-biased dispersal at a fine spatial scale: a study of the common European adder (Vipera berus) in a rural landscape, Conservation Genetics 22 823-837, pdf
VITASSE Y., URSENBACHER S., KLEIN G., BOHNENSTENGEL T., CHITTARO Y., DELESTRADE A., MONNERAT C., REBETEZ M., RIXEN C., STREBEL N., SCHMIDT B.R., WIPF S., WOHLGEMUTH T., YOCCOZ N.G., LENOIR J. (2021) Phenological and elevational shifts of plants, animals and fungi under climate change in the European Alps, Biological Reviews 96 (5) 1816-1835, pdf
DONIOL-VALCROZE P., URSENBACHER S., MEBERT K., GHIELMI S., LADDAGA L., SOURROUILLE P., KARIS M., CROCHET P.-A. (2021) Conflicting relationships of Vipera walser inferred from nuclear genes sequences and mitochondrial DNA, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59 (8) 2307-2320, pdf
VACHER J.-P., D'AGOSTINO R. & URSENBACHER S. (2021) Characterizing the taxonomic status of Sphingonotus caerulans in the upper Rhine Valley of Alsace (France)., Bulleting de la Société entomologique de France 126 (4) 513-519, pdf
VACHER J.-P., GRAITSON E., CAUWENBERGH J. & URSENBACHER S. (2021) Conservation genetics of a wide-ranged temperate snake: same species, different locations, and different behaviour, Conservation genetics 23 167-177, pdf
VACHER J., AUMAITRE D. & URSENBACHER S. (2020) Genetic characteristics of an introduced population of Bombina bombina (Linnaeus, 1761) (Amphibia: Bombinatoridae) in Moselle, France, Acta Herpetologica 15(1) 47-54, pdf
MARTINEZ-FREIRIA F., FREITAS I., ZUFFI M.A.L., GOLAY P., URSENBACHER S., VELO-ANTON G. (2020) Climatic refugia boosted allopatric diversification in Western Mediterranean vipers, Journal of Biogeography 47(8) 1698-1713, pdf
GRAITSON E., URSENBACHER S., LOURDAIS O. (2020) Snake conservation in anthropized landscapes: considering artificial habitats and questioning management of semi-natural habitats, European Journal of Wildlife Research 2020 66:39, pdf
FREITAS I., URSENBACHER S., MEBERT K., ZINENKO O., SCHWEIGER S., WÜSTER W., BRITO J.C., CRNOBRNJA-ISAILOVIC J., HALPERN B., FAHD S., SANTOS X., PLEGUEZUELOS J.M., JOGER U., ORLOV N., MIZSEI E., LOURDAIS O., ZUFFI M.A.L. STRUGARIU A., ZAMFIRESCU S.R., MARTINEZ-SOLANO I., VELO-ANTON G., KALIONTZOPOULOU A. & MARTINEZ-FREIRIA F. (2020) Evaluating taxonomic inflation: towards evidence-based species delimitation in Eurasian vipers (Serpentes: Viperinae), Amphibia-Reptilia 41(2) 285–311, pdf
MEBERT K., GOCMEN B., IGCI N., KARIS M., OGUZ M.A., YILDIZ M.Z., TEYNIE A., STUMPEL N., URSENBACHER S. (2020) Mountain Vipers in central-eastern Turkey: Huge range extensions for four taxa reshape Decades of Misleading perspectives, Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15(1) 169–187, pdf
DUCOTTERD C., CROVADORE J., LEFORT F., GUISAN A., URSENBACHER S. & RUBIN J.-F. (2020) The feeding behavior of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis, L. 1758) is not a threat for other endangered species, Global Ecology and Conservation e01133 , pdf
RAMEL C., REY P.-L., FERNANDES R., VINCENT C., CARDOSO A.R., BROENNIMANN O., PELLISSIER L., PRADERVAND J.-N., URSENBACHER S., SCHMIDT B.R. & GUISAN A. (2020) Integrating ecosystem services within spatial biodiversity conservation prioritization in the Alps, Ecosystem Services 45 (2020) 101186, pdf
MOD H.K., SCHERRER D., DI COLA V., BROENNIMANN O., BLANDENIER Q., BREINER F.T, BURI A., GOUDET J.,GUEX N., LARA E.,MITCHELL E.A.D,NICULITA-HIRZEL H., PAGNI M., PELLISSIER L., PINTO-FIGUEROA E., SANDERS I.R.,SCHMIDT B.R., SEPPEY C.V.W., YASHIRO E.,VAN DER MEER J.R. & GUISAN A. (2020) Greater topoclimatic control of above- versus belowground communities, Global Change Biology 26 6715-6728, pdf
ZWAHLEN V., NANNI-GESER S., GOLAY J., KAISER L., DUBEY S., URSENBACHER S. (2020) Only males care about their environment: sex-biased dispersal in the asp viper (Vipera aspis), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 132(1) 104-115, pdf
VOROS J., URSENBACHER S. & JELIC D. (2019) Population Genetic Analyses Using 10 New Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci Confirms Genetic Subdivision within the Olm, Proteus anguinus, Journal of Heredity 110 (2) 211-218, pdf
VINCENT C., FERNANDES R.F., CARDOSO A., BROENNIMANN O., DI COLA V., D'AMEN M., URSENBACHER S., SCHMIDT B.R., PRADERVANT J.-N., PELLISSIER L., GUISAN A. (2019) Climate and land-use changes reshuffle politically-weighted priority areas of mountain biodiversity , Global Ecology and Conservation 17, January 2019 e00589, pdf
RAEMY M. & URSENBACHER S. (2018) Detection of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) by environmental DNA: is eDNA adequate for reptiles?, Amphibia-Reptilia 39(2) 135-143, pdf
VOROS J., URSENBACHER S., KISS I., JELIC D., SCHWEIGER S. & SZABO K. (2017) Increased genetic structuring of isolated Salamandra salamandra populations (Caudata: Salamandridae) at the margins of the Carpathian Mountains, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 55 (2) 138-149, pdf
GUILLER G., LOURDAIS O. & URSENBACHER S. (2017) Low hybridization between an Euro-Siberian (Vipera berus) and a Mediterranean (V. aspis) viper at their contact zone in Western France, Journal of Zoology 302 (2) 138-147, pdf
RAEMY M., FRITZ U., CHEYLAN M. & URSENBACHER S. (2017) Hybridisation between turtle subspecies: a case study with the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis), Conservation Genetics 18 (2) 287-296, pdf
MEBERT K., LUISELLI L., CAFUTA V., GOLAY P., DUBEY S. & URSENBACHER S. (2017) A Home for Three: analyzing ecological correlates of body traits in a triple contact zone of alpine vipers, North-Western Journal of Zoology 13 (2) 251-261, pdf
DUBEY S., URSENBACHER S., SCHUERCH J., GOLAY J., AUBERT P. & DUFRESNES C. (2017) A glitch in the Natrix: cryptic presence of alien grass snakes in Switzerland, Herpetological Notes 10 205-208, pdf
GOCMEN B., MEBERT K., KARIS M., OGUZ M.A.,URSENBACHER S. (2017) A new population and subspecies of the critically endangered Anatolian meadow viper Vipera anatolica (Eiselt and Baran, 1970) in eastern Antalya province , Amphibia-Reptilia 38 289-305, pdf
KINDLER C., CHEVRE M., URSENBACHER S., BOHME W., HILLE A., JABLONSKI D., VAMBERGER M., FRITZ U. (2017) Hybridization patterns in two contact zones of grass snakes reveal a new Central European snake species, Scientific reports 7 7378, pdf
URSENBACHER S., BEDDEK M., KAISER L., ZWAHLEN V., HOLLIDAY J., REY G. & VANAPPELGHEM C. (2017) Génétique de la population des Vipères péliades (Vipera berus – Linnaeus, 1758 ; Serpentes : Viperidae) dans la région du Hauts-de-France - apport de la génétique à la conservation locale de l'espèce, Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France 164 1-14, pdf
SCHMERA D., PIZA J., REINARTZ E., URSENBACHER S., BAUR B. (2016) Breeding system, shell size and age at sexual maturity affect sperm length in stylommatophoran gastropods, BMC Evolutionary Biology 16 89
GHIELMI S., MENEGON M., MARSDEN S.J.,LADDAGA L.& URSENBACHER S. (2016) A new vertebrate for Europe: the discovery of a range-restricted relict viper in the western Italian Alps, J Zool Syst Evol Res 54 161-173, pdf
SCHMIDT B.R., URSENBACHER S. (2015) Umwelt-DNA als neue Methode zum Artnachweis in Gewässern, Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie 22 1-10, pdf
URSENBACHER S., GUILLON M., CUBIZOLLE H., DUPOUE A., BLOUIN-DEMERS G. & LOURDAIS O. (2015) Postglacial recolonisation in a cold climate specialist in Western Europe: patterns of genetic diversity in the adder (Vipera berus) support the central-marginal hypothesis, Molecular Ecology 24 3639-3651, pdf
MEBERT K., JAGAR T., GRZELJ R., CAFUTA V., LUISELLI L., OSTANEK E., GOLAY P., DUBEY S., GOLAY J., URSENBACHER S. (2015) The dynamics of coexistence: Habitat sharing vs. segregation patterns among three sympatric montane vipers, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116 (2) 364–376, pdf
DUBEY S., ZWAHLEN V., GOLAY P., MEBERT K., MONNEY J.-C., OTT T., DURAND T., THIERY G., KAISER L., GESER S., URSENBACHER S. (2015) Diversifying selection and color-biased dispersal in the asp viper, BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015) 15:99 1-9, pdf
DUBEY S., CHRISTE P., FORMENTI V., STAUB E., SCHUERCH J., GLAIZOT O., URSENBACHER S. (2015) Impact of the recently introduced freshwater blenny in lake Geneva on the diet and body condition of the invasive dice snake, Journal of Wildlife Management 79 (2) 338–343, pdf
MEBERT K., GÖÇMEN B., IGCI N., OGUZ M.A., KARIS M., URSENBACHER S. (2015) New records and search for contact zones among parapatric vipers in the genus Vipera (barani, kaznakovi, darevskii, eriwanensis), Montivipera (wagneri, raddei), and Macrovipera (lebetina) in northeastern Anatolia, the Herpetological Bulletin 133 13-22, pdf
RUSTERHOLZ H.-P., URSENBACHER S., CORAY A., WEIBEL U. & BAUR B. (2015) DNA quantity and quality in remnants of traffic-killed specimens of an endangered longhorn beetle: A comparison of different methods , Journal of Insect Science 15 1-5, pdf
DUCREST A.-L., URSENBACHER S., GOLAY P., MONNEY J.-C., MEBERT K., ROULIN A., DUBEY S. (2014) Proopiomelanocortin gene and colour polymorphism in a reptile, Biological Joumal of the Linnean Society 111 160-168, pdf
MENEGON M., LOADER S.P., BRANCH W., DAVENPORT T., MARSDEN S. & URSENBACHER S. (2014) The genus Atheris (Serpentes: Viperidae) in East Africa: Phylogeny and the role of rifting and climate in shaping the current pattern of species diversity, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 79 12-22, pdf
BROENNIMANN O., URSENBACHER S., MEYER A., GOLAY, P. MONNEY J.-C., SCHMOCKER H., GUISAN, A. DUBEY S. (2014) Influence of climate on the presence of colour polymorphism in two montane reptile species, Biology Letters 10 20140638, pdf
GEISER C., RAY N., LEHMANN A. & URSENBACHER S. (2013) Unravelling landscape variables with multiple approaches to overcome scarce species knowledge: a landscape genetic study of the slow worm, Conservation Genetics 14 (4) 783-794, pdf
SCHMIDT B. R., KERY M., URSENBACHER S., HYMAN O.J. & COLLINS J.P. (2013) Site occupancy models in the analysis of environmental DNA presence/absence surveys: A case study of an emerging amphibian pathogen, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (7) 646-653, pdf
RAEMY M., MONNEY J.-C. & URSENBACHER S. (2013) European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) conservation projects in Switzerland, Herpetological Notes 6 111-112, pdf
GESER S., KAISER L., ZWAHLEN V. & URSENBACHER S. (2013) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the asp viper (Vipera aspis) using high-throughput sequencing and their use for other European vipers, Amphibia-Reptilia 34(1) 109-113, pdf
FERCHAUD A.-L., URSENBACHER S., LUISELLI L., JELIC D., HALPERN B., MAJOR A., KOTENTKO T., CRNOBRNJA-ISAILOVIC J., TOMOVIC L., GHIRA I., IOANNIDIS Y., ARNAL V. & MONTGELARD C. (2012) Phylogeography of the Vipera ursinii complex (Viperidae): mitochondrial markers reveal an east–west disjunction in the Palaearctic region, Journal of Biogeography 39 1836-1847, pdf
MEISTER B., URSENBACHER S. & BAUR B. (2012) Grass snake population differentiation over different geographic scales, Herpetologica 68 134-145, pdf
MEISTER B., URSENBACHER S. & BAUR B. (2012) Frequency of multiple paternity in the grass snake (Natrix natrix), Amphibia-Reptilia 33 (2) 308-312, pdf
RAJABIZADEH M.,YAZDANPANAH A.& URSENBACHER S. (2012) Preliminary analysis of dorsal pattern variation and sexual dimorphism in Montivipera latifi (Mertens, Darevsky and Klemmer, 1967) (Ophidia: Viperidae), Acta Herpetologica 7 (1) 13-21, pdf
SCHMIDLIN S., SCHMERA D., URSENBACHER S. & BAUR B. (2012) Separate introductions but lack of genetic variability in the invasive clam Corbicula spp. in Swiss lakes, Aquatic Invasions 7 73-80
FERCHAUD A.-L., LYET A., CHEYLAN M., ARNAL V., BARON J.-P., MONGELARD C. & , URSENBACHER, S. (2011) High genetic differentiation among French populations of the Orsini's meadow viper (Vipera ursinii ursinii) based on mitochondrial and microsatellite data: Implications for conservation management, Journal of Heredity 102(1) 67-78, pdf
MAZZA G., MONNEY J.-C. & URSENBACHER S. (2011) Structural Habitat Partitioning of Natrix tessellata and Natrix maura at Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Mertenisiella Band 18: Die Würfelnatter (ed. by K. Mebert and U. Joger). DGHT, Reinach, DE 80-83
METZGER C., CHRISTE P. & URSENBACHER S. (2011) Diet Variability of Two Convergent Natricine Colubrids in an Invasive-Native Interaction, Mertenisiella Band 18: Die Würfelnatter (ed. by K. Mebert and U. Joger). DGHT, Reinach, DE 86-93
METZGER C., FERCHAUD A.-L., GEISER C. & URSENBACHER S. (2011) New polymorphic microsatellite markers of the endangered meadow viper (Vipera ursinii) identified by 454 high-throughput sequencing: when innovation meets conservation, Conservation Genetics Resources 3 589-592
ZSCHOKKE S., ARMBRUSTER G.F.J, URSENBACHER S. & BAUR B. (2011) Genetic differences between the two remaining wild populations of the endangered Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), Biological Conservation 144 2702-2709, pdf
URSENBACHER S., ALVAREZ C., ARMBRUSTER G. F. J. & BAUR B. (2010) High population differentiation in the rock-dwelling land snail (Trochulus caelatus) endemic to the Swiss Jura mountains, Conservation Genetics 11 1265-1271, pdf
MEISTER B., HOFER U., URSENBACHER S. & BAUR B. (2010) Spatial genetic analysis of the grass snake, Natrix natrix (Squamata: Colubridae), in an intensively used agricultural landscape, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101 (1) 51-58, pdf
DUBEY S., URSENBACHER S., PELLET J. & FUMAGALLI L. (2009) Genetic differentiation in two European tree frog (Hyla arborea) metapopulations in contrasted landscapes of Western Switzerland, Amphibia-Reptilia 30 127-133, pdf
URSENBACHER S., ERNY C. & FUMAGALLI L. (2009) Male reproductive success and multiple paternity in wild, low density populations of the adder (Vipera berus), Journal of Heredity 100 (3) 365-370, pdf
URSENBACHER S., MONNEY J.-C. & FUMAGALLI L. (2009) Limited genetic diversity and high differentiation among the remnant adder (Vipera berus) populations in the Swiss and French Jura Mountains, Conservation Genetics 10 303-315, pdf
METZGER C., URSENBACHER S. & CHRISTE P. (2009) Testing the Competitive Exclusion Principle using various niche parameters in a native (Natrix maura) and an introduced (N. tessellata) colubrid, Amphibia-Reptilia 30 523-531, pdf
GOLAY P., MONNEY J.-C., CONELLI A., DURAND T., THIERY G., ZUFFI M. A. L. & URSENBACHER S. (2008) Systematics of the Swiss asp vipers: some implications for the European Vipera aspis (Linnaeus 1758) complex (Serpentes: Viperidae) ? A tribute to Eugen Kramer, Amphibia-Reptilia 29 71-83, pdf
URSENBACHER S., SCHWEIGER S., TOMOVIC L., CRNOBRNJA-ISAILOVIC J., FUMAGALLI L. & MAYER W. (2008) Molecular phylogeography of the nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes, Linnaeus (1758)): Evidence for high genetic diversity and multiple refugia in the Balkan peninsula, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (3) 1116-1128, pdf
DUBEY S., URSENBACHER S. & FUMAGALLI L. (2006) Origine des populations de rainette verte (Hyla ssp.) de l'ouest de la Suisse, Revue Suisse de Zoologie 113 (4) 879-887
URSENBACHER S., CARLSSON M., HELFER V., TEGELSTROM H. & FUMAGALLI L. (2006) Phylogeography and Pleistocene refugia of the adder (Vipera berus) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data, Molecular Ecology 15 (11) 3425-3437, pdf
URSENBACHER S., CONELLI A., GOLAY P., MONNEY J.-C., ZUFFI M. A. L., THIERRY G., DURAND T. & FUMAGALLI L. (2006) Phylogeography of the asp viper (Vipera aspis) inferred from mitochondrial DNA: Evidence for multiple Mediterranean refugial areas, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38 (2) 546-552, pdf
URSENBACHER S. & MONNEY J.-C. (2003) Résultats de 5 années de suivi d'une population de Vipères péliades (Vipera berus) dans le Jura suisse: estimation des effectifs et discussion des méthodes d'estimation, Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France 107 15-25, pdf