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Dr. Beat Wermelinger



chercheur invité


Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage 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 Head of the 'Forest Entomology' group at the Swiss Federal Institute WSL
2018-2019Scientific collaborator WSL
2019-Senior Scientist WSL



  • 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" (2021) is the result of more than 20 years teaching in forest entomology and my even longer existing hobby of taking photos of insects. It is both a text and photo book covering the manifold significances of forest insects for forests and humans. The German version was awarded the "Prix Moulines" of the Swiss Entomological Society in 2019.

      More information (in German)