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Oliver Jakoby
Organisational unit Forest Dynamics
Forest Entomology
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi CA C 01
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2833
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
Web / E-Mail

Scientific Interests

  • Modelling of population dynamics
  • Ecological risk assessment and management
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Ecological and ecological-economic modelling
  • Individual-based and spatial simulation models
  • Inverse model parameterisation
  • Applied statistics in ecology

Curriculum Vitae

since 2013   Resarch scientist at the Department Forest Dynamics, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland
2013-2015   Postgraduate Studies in Applied Statistics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2011-2013   Postdoc at the Department Forest Dynamics, WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland
2010-2007   PhD student at the Department Ecological Modelling, UFZ Leipzig, and University of Osnabrück, Germany
2006-2007   Research associate at the Botanical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany
2006   Field assistant in the BIOTA project in Kakamega Forest, Kenia
2006   Research associate at the Department Ecological Modelling, UFZ, Germany
2005   Internship at the Department of Information Science, Otago University, New Zealand
2005   Diploma in Biology (thesis: Modelling of conservation concepts for deadwood in managed beech forests)
2001-2004   Studies of Computer Science at the Philipps University of Marburg,Germany
1999-2005   Studies of Biology at the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany (Main subjects: Ecology, Conservation Biology, Genetics)


  • Jakoby, O., Quaas, M.F., Baumgärtner, S. & Frank, K. (2015): Adapting livestock management to spatio-temporal heterogeneity in semi-arid rangelands. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 162, 179-189. [article]
  • Jakoby, O. & Wermelinger, B. (2015): Online-Prognose zur Borkenkäferentwicklung für die Schweiz. ProClim Flash, No. 64, 8.
  • Jakoby, O., Wermelinger, B., Stadelmann, G. & Lischke, H. (2015): Borkenkäfer im Klimawandel – Modellierung des künftigen Befallsrisikos durch den Buchdrucker (Ips typographus). Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, Birmensdorf, 45 S. [report]
  • Jakoby, O. & Wermelinger, B. (2015): Online-Prognose zur Borkenkäferentwicklung für die Schweiz. Wald und Holz 8/15, 17.
  • Jakoby, O., Quaas, M.F., Müller, B., Baumgärtner, S. & Frank, K. (2014): How do individual farmers’ objectives influence the evaluation of rangeland management strategies under a variable climate? Journal of Applied Ecology, Volume 51 (2), 483-493. [article]
  • Jakoby, O., Grimm, V. & Frank, K. (2014): Pattern-oriented parameterization of general models for ecological application: Towards realistic evaluations of management approaches. Ecological Modelling, Volume 275, pp.78–88. [article]
  • Bugmann, H., Brang, P., Elkin C., Henne, P.D., Jakoby ,O., Lévesque, M., Lischke, H., Psomas, A., Rigling, A., Wermelinger, B. & Zimmermann, N.E. (2014): Climate change impacts on tree species, forest properties, and ecosystem services. In: Toward quantitative scenarios of climate change impacts in Switzerland (ed. CH2014-Impacts). OCCR, FOEN, MeteoSwiss, C2SM, Agroscope, and ProClim, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 79–88. [article]
  • Wermelinger B., Schneider D. & Jakoby O. (2014): Das Befallsrisiko von Waldföhren durch Borkenkäfer. Bündner Wald 6/2014, pp. 27–33.
  • Wermelinger B., Obrist M.K., Baur H., Jakoby O. & Duelli, P. (2013): Synchronous rise and fall of bark beetle and parasitoid populations in windthrow areas. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Volume 15, pp.301–309. [article]
  • Jakoby, O. (2011): Risk management in semi-arid rangelands: Modelling adaptation to spatio-temporal heterogeneities. Dissertation, University of Osnabrück. [PhD-Thesis]
  • Schröter, M., Jakoby, O., Olbrich, R., Eichhorn, M. & Baumgärtner, S. (2011): Remote sensing of bush encroachment on commercial cattle farms in semi-arid rangelands in Namibia. In: V. Olej, I. Obrsalova and J. Krupka (eds), Environmental Modeling for Sustainable Regional Development: System Approaches and Advanced Methods, IGI Global, Hershey, pp.327–343.
  • Jakoby, O., Rademacher, C. & Grimm, V. (2010): Modelling dead wood islands in European beech forests: how much and how reliable would they provide dead wood? European Journal of Forest Research, Volume 129, pp.659–668. [article]
  • Jakoby, O., Quaas, M.F., Müller, B. & Frank, K. (2010): Risk management in  an uncertain environment. A study from semi-arid grazing systems. In  Proceedings: Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, David A. Swayne, Wanhong Yang, A.A. Voinov, A. Rizzoli, T. Filatova (eds), pp.1525–1532. [article]
  • Jakoby, O., Quaas, M.F., Baumgärtner, S. & Frank, K. (2010): Adaptation to spatiotemporal variability in semi-arid rangelands - An ecological-economic modelling approach. In Proceedings: ISEE 2010 - International Society for Ecological Economics 11th Biennial Conference (Conference paper).
  • Gusset, M., Jakoby, O., Müller, M.S., Somers, M.J., Slotow, R. & Grimm, V. (2009): Dogs on the catwalk: Modelling re-introduction and translocation of endangered wild dogs in South Africa. Biological Conservation, Volume 142, pp.2774–2781. [article]
  • Jakoby, O. & Whigham, P.A. (2005): Genetic tradeoff as a model for parapatric speciation. In Proceedings: Seventeenth Annual Colloquium of the Spatial Information Research Centre, pp.199–205 (Conference paper). [article]
  • Jakoby, O. (2005): Modellierung von Totholzkonzepten für Buchenwälder. Department of Conservation Biology, Philipps-University of Marburg, Diploma Thesis. [Thesis.pdf]

Links (Prognosemodell zur jahreszeitlichen Entwicklung des Buchdruckers)

Modellierung des Buchdruckertrisikos (BarBeeKey/Umburi)

ETH-Zukunftsblog: Borkenkäfer im Klimawandel