My role as a research scientist and project coordinator for arthropod biological control at CABI’s Swiss centre involves research on classical biological control of insect pests with particular emphasis on host-range assessment and non-target impacts of parasitoids. More recently, I started to work on the impact of climate change on agricultural pests and their natural enemies. My many years experience in biological control include project work on agricultural, horticultural and forestry pests, eg. Cabbage Seedpod Weevil, Swede Midge, Lygus Plant Bugs, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Lily Leaf Beetle, Western Corn Rootworm, Gypsy Moth and Delia Root Maggots.
I have a broad background in entomology, ecology, behavior and rearing of arthropod biological control agents. I have work experience in Canada, Mexico, India, China and many European countries, where I have conducted field and laboratory experiments and helped to develop methods for integrated pest management of insect pests. I have supervised several international MSc and PhD students from Canadian Universities (eg. Simon Fraser University, Carleton University, University of Manitoba).
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.
International trade is a common way for insects to ‘hitch-hike’ their way to new countries. The brown marmorated stink bug, originally from East Asia, has become a harmful invasive pest of many fruit and vegetable crops in North America and Europe. Biological control using Asian or European natural enemies may be an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and sustainable way of managing the pest. CABI is drawing on its network of expertise in Europe and China to explore best options.
Start: 01/01/13 -End: 01/03/22
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