Systematics and diversity of parasitic wasps
- Taxonomic and phylogenetic revisions of genera of the family Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea).
- Morphometric analyses of cryptic species complexes (e.g., in insects, fish, plants).
- Application and development of statistical methods, for instance Multivariate Ratio Analysis (MRA) (see Baur & Leuenberger 2011, listed under my publications on Zotero).
- Checklist of the Hymenoptera (Wespen, Bienen und Ameisen) of Switzerland, in collaboration with national and international specialists.
Lectureship at the University of Bern
Diversity, systematics und biology of parasitic wasps (course no. H18-4580, Institute of Ecology and Evolution)
This one week course (2 ECTS) takes places from August 13.–17., 2018, at the Natural History Museum Bern. For further information and registration please send me an e-mail (siehe above).
I offer the supervision of Bachelor- and Mastertheses on systematics, morphometry and morphology of selected groups of wasps (Chalcidoidea, mainly Pteromalidae). My current focus is on the evolution of morphometric and morphologic variation in relation to host adaptation.
- Swiss Entomological Society (SES) (President 2017-2020)
- Entomologischer Verein Bern (EVB) (Webmaster)
- International Society of Hymenopterists (ISH)
- International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC) / West Palaearctic Regional Section (WPRS) (Convenor of the determination service)
- Swiss Systematics Society (SSS)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopterologie (DGfO)
- Swiss Zoological Society (SZS)