I am an entomologist with 24 years of experience in applied and environmental entomology, particularly in the field of ecology and management of invasive insects. This includes risk analysis, impact assessment, biological control and integrated pest management. I also have particular expertize in forest entomology, parasitoid community ecology, the effects of climate change on insects and the use of insects as human food and animal feed. I have conducted field work and consultancies in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
I am currently leading the Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology Section at CABI in Switzerland. This includes the management of numerous national and international research projects and the supervision of young scientists and students. I coordinate the IUFRO Working Party on Biological Control of Forest Pests and Diseases” and I am an active member of several other working groups and professional societies.
CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. Located in Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
The yellow-legged Asian hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax, was first detected in central Europe in 2004 and has since established in many countries on the continent. This hornet is a predator of honey bees and other insects, threatening honey production, pollination services and biodiversity. With Switzerland facing the imminent invasion by the hornet, CABI was commissioned by the Swiss government to help with the preparation for the threat and the control of the first arrivals. This project aims to establish a monitoring system for the early detection of the Asian hornet, determine control strategies and use climate modelling to predict where in Switzerland the insect might settle.
Start: 31/01/17 -End: 31/12/21
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