(Picture: Guillaume Perret / Lundi13)
My research blog
Initially trained as an applied entomologist, I joined an interdisciplinary team in biology and anthropology at the University of Neuchâtel in 2012. My research is inspired by natural sciences and social sciences and dedicate itself to tackle environmental problems. Being a beekeeper since 18 years forces me to ground my research in the reality of the field.
My work focuses on honeybee biology. From an ecotoxicological point of view, I am particularly interested to document the impact of systemic pesticides on honeybee populations. From a socio-anthropological point of view, I follow NGOs in development aid projects mobilizing beekeeping and honeybees as a (sometimes naïve or opportunistic) way to alleviate economical and environmental problems in developing countries. I am also interested to document how scientists adopt engaged positions about environmental crises. From an agroecological point of view, I use my expertise in biological control to propose sustainable alternatives to the use of pesticides in agriculture.
Why a blog?
Science isn’t just about publishing in high impact journals, it is also about informing the public about new findings. This blog is ment to provide an overview of my agroecology research, to present peer review research along with general audience article, article written by scientific journalists but also projects at the boundary between art and science.
Prof. Alex Aebi
Université de Neuchâtel
Instituts de Biologie et d’Ethnologie
laboratoire de Biodiversité du Sol
+41 (0)32 718 31 47