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Dr. Thibault Lachat



ricercatore ospite


Istituto federale di Ricerca per la Foresta, la neve e il Paesaggio (WSL)
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL D 39


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Objectives and interests

As a forest ecologist, I am interested in the impacts of forest management and upcoming drivers (e.g. energy wood harvesting, neobiota) on forest biodiversity. I am particularly dedicated to insects dependent on dead wood and old growth trees, and to the functions of this insect group in forest ecosystems. With more than 10 years of work experience at the interface between research, policy and managers, I am seeking to develop research projects connecting forest management and biodiversity conservation. My main objectives are to better understand patterns in forest biodiversity from local to continental scale and to provide scientific baselines to integrate biodiversity conservation into forest management.


2013─2015 Diploma of Advanced Studies in Applied Statistics (DAS), ETH Zurich
2000─2004 PhD in zoology at the University of Basel, NLU Biogeography

Thesis title: The impact of forest management on saproxylic beetles and other arthropods in a semi-deciduous forest in Southern Benin

1994─1999 Master in environmental sciences, ETH Zurich

Master thesis title: Mega-herbivores as ecosystem engineers in Switzerland over the last 250’000 years.

Work experiences
Since 2016 Professor for forest ecology, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
Visiting scientist, WSL
2013 - 2016 Research associate, WSL Birmensdorf, 90%
2007─2013 Research associate, WSL Birmensdorf, ca. 50%

Project leader (Science-Policy Interface), Swiss Biodiversity Forum, ca. 50%

2005─2007 Research associate (Consulting FOEN & Cantons), ETH Lausanne, 100%
2000─2004 Research associate (PhD), University of Basel
2000 Research associate (Consulting Romandie), Swiss Landscape Foundation, Bern
1997 Trainee in Burigi game Reserve, Tanzania