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Dr. Peter Duelli



Visiting scientist


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi MG C 52


Curriculum vitae

  • Birth: March 25, 1945
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Title: Prof. Dr. phil.II
  • Education:
    University: Zürich (1971 Diploma phil.II; 1974 PhD phil.II)
  • Languages: German, English, French, basic Italian, basic Spanish

Professional Experience

1974 - 1975 South America (6 months), Instruction of Paraguayan teachers, Swiss developmental aid program
1975 - 1976 University of Zürich, Assistant at the Zoological Institute
1977 - 1978 Australian National University, Canberra. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neurobiology Department
1978 - 1980 University of California, Berkeley. Department of Entomological Sciences, Division of Biological Control
1981 - 1984 University of Basel, Switzerland. Teaching, Research and Habilitation at the Zoological Institute
1983   Venia legendi for Zoology at the University of Basel
1984 - 1990 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL Birmensdorf (Zürich) Continued teaching at the University of Basel
1991- 1998 WSL Birmensdorf: Head of section Zoology
1998 - 2008 Titulary professor for zoology
1999 - 2006 Head of section “Biodiversity” at WSL Birmensdorf
2006 - Senior Scientist
2008 Retired - but still active...

Major Research Areas

  • Invertebrate faunistics, ecorsystem services and biodiversity evaluation.
  • Evaluation of the effects of ecological compensation areas and ecotone structures in agriculture and forestry (on pest insects, beneficials, biodiversity)
  • Conservation biology, Red Data Book, enhancement of threatened animal species in Switzerland

Present Professional Activities