Patrik Kehrli got his PhD at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 2004 and conducted thereafter two postdocs; first at Lincoln University (New Zealand) and then at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Since 2007 he works as a scientific entomologist for Agroscope. Since his early studies, Patrik is particularly fascinated by multitrophic interactions between plants, herbivores and their natural enemies. He is thus interested to apply this ecological knowledge for a sustainable pest control by boosting biological control and IPM. Today, he is responsible for developing IPM strategies against viticultural pests in Swiss vineyards, with a special focus on the vector complex of grapevine yellow diseases, Drosophila suzukii, Halyomorpha halys and mating disruption.
Patrik is an experienced coordinator of national and international research projects. He supervised graduate students from different Swiss and European universities. Over his career, he authored or co-authored numerous scientific and technical publications as well as a multitude of scientific, technical and public presentations.
In 2007, Patrik joined the IOBC Working Group of Integrated Protection in Viticulture and was elected as a their deputy convenor in 2023.