BSc in Forestry and Environmental Science, MSc in Forest Entomology, PhD in Forest Entomology
I am an entomologist with a particular interest in invasive species, and biological control of pest insects. I completed an MSc and PhD in forest entomology in Canada and a postdoc at the University of Toronto on the biological control of invasive dog-strangling vine using the moth Hypena opulenta. I joined CABI Switzerland in 2018 as Research Scientist in Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology.
My current research foci are on the biological control of the invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii and monitoring of the Asian box tree moth as well as the Asian hornet in Switzerland. Additionally, I am participating in the European project on the HOlistic Management of Emerging Pests and Diseases (HOMED).
CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. Located in Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
Over the last few decades, European trees and forests have experienced dramatic losses caused by introduced non-native invasive pests and pathogens. As part of an international project, CABI is developing cost-effective and environmentally friendly tools for the prevention, detection and control of the invasive threats to Europes forests.
Drosophila suzukii Matsumura (Diptera: Drosophilidae), a fruit fly from East Asia, is now a serious economic pest of soft fruits and berries across Europe, the Americas and North Africa. In this project we are focusing on finding natural enemies (parasitoids) of the pest to introduce into Europe. This involves surveys for parasitoids where it originated and experiments in quarantine in Switzerland to investigate their taxonomy, performance and specificity.