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Dr. Beat Wermelinger



scientific staff member


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL D 32



1976-80 Studies in biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich.
1981-1985 Ph.D. thesis at the Institute of Plant Production at ETH Zurich
1985-1986 Post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley
1987-1991 Research assistant with the Institute of Plant Sciences at ETH Zurich
1991-2018 Group leader 'Forest Entomology' at the Swiss Federal Institute WSL


  • Development and succession of insect communities after windthrow and wildfire
  • Population dynamics of potential pests and their natural enemies
  • Biodiversity of saproxylic (=wood inhabiting) insects
  • Dead wood ecology
  • Insect photography


  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich: Lecturer in "Ecology and Management of Forest Insects"
  • Swiss Tree Surgery Association: Course in "Insects and Tree surgery"



  • Swiss Entomological Society
  • Swiss Society for Phytiatry
  • Working group Coleoptera


  • IUFRO-working group "Ecology and management of bark and wood boring insects"
  • IUFRO-working group "Integrated management of forest defoliating insects"
  • IUFRO-working group "Population dynamics of forest insects"

My latest highlight

The book "Forest insects – diversity, functions, and importance" (in German) is the result of more than 20 years teaching in forest entomology and my even longer existing hobby of insect photography. It is both a text and photo book covering the manifold significance of forest insects for forests and humans. More information (in German)