The agricultural ecologist Angelika Hilbeck (55) studied at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and received her doctorate at the North Carolina State University. From 1994 to 1999 she was the project leader of the Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2000 she works as a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Integrative Biology at the ETH Zurich.
The expert on insect ecology has repeatedly discussed the effects of GM crops on ecosystems. Dr. Hilbecks main research fields are:
Biodiversity and nontarget effects of transgenic plants; Consequences of gene flow and introgression of transgenes; Post-commercialization monitoring concepts for transgenic plants; Coexistence of agricultural production systems with and without transgenic plants; Environmental risk assessment and international capacity building (focal countries: Brazil, Kenya, Vietnam) – The GMO Guidelines Project
Along with more than 400 experts from around the world Hilbeck has also worked on 2008 published IAASTD, which calls for a shift towards agroecological methods. She is a member of many national and international institutions that deal with genetic engineering and biosafety.