Ute Koch has studied biology at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. She obtained her doctor’s degree in 1991 with a work about the impact of the release of entomopathogenic nematodes on the soil fauna of various biotopes. Then she worked for half a year in a publishing house on correcting medical publications. After a short-time job at a bureau doing environmental impact studies, she stayed for two and a half years at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, preparing exhibitions and looking after the entomological collections. Since then, she’s been working self-employed on various subjects, for example doing environmental impact studies with the focus on carabid beetles, preparing an index for the “Fauna of Saudi-Arabia” and co-operating with the Julius-Kühn-Institute in Darmstadt in studies on insect diseases (e.g. codling moth, cockchafers, earwigs).