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Beat Forster



collaborateur scientifique


Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi PL C 14



1983 Master degree in Forestry. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
1988 Sabbatical at the German Forest Research Institutes of Freiburg and Göttingen (departments of forest protection)

Present professional activities, major research and extension areas

1984-1985 head of a field team of the first Swiss National Forest Inventory
1986 to present consulting scientist at "Swiss Forest Protection" (FIDS), Research unit "Forest Dynamics", Federal Research Institute WSL

Main activities

  • Monitoring and control of important forest insects
  • Consulting in forest protection for forest services and forest owners
  • Information about forest insects (extension service)


  • 1994 - 2010 Lecturer in Forest Entomology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH), jointly with B. Wermelinger
  • since 2004 Lecturer in ecology and "forest insects and funghi" at the Swiss College of Agriculture, Zollikofen (SHL), jointly with other lecturers
  • Courses in forest protection and entomology for field foresters


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