I’m Sebastian Prati, biologist, aquarist and photographer born and raised in Brè, a small mountain village located in southern Switzerland.
After obtaining a business high school diploma and working in that sector for a couple of years I realized that it was not my niche. Therefore, I studied again and I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in analysis and management of natural resources at the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria (Italy). My thesis work was about the biology and auto-ecology of Rutilus rutilus and possible interaction with Perca fluviatilis in Varese lake (Italy).
Afterward, I worked at the Alpine Biology Center, in various RAS fish farms (salmon, sturgeon, trout, arctic charr, perch, pikeperch and grayling) and as a research assistant in behavioral ecology at University of Bern (Switzerland). Willig to learn and develop new skills I moved to northern Norway to study. There, I earned a master’s degree in Biology (freshwater ecology) from the University of Tromsø (Norway). My thesis work was about seasonal and ontogenetic variations in intestinal parasite infections in Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) and brown trout (Salmo trutta) in a subarctic lake. I then worked as scientific assistant at the University of Tromsø and as a lab and fieldwork assistant at the the Norvegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).
Nowadays, I’m a PhD student at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) where I study the effects of multiple stressors increase and release in metazoan parasite communities.