Dr. Benjamin Leroy

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.2490
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: benjamin.leroy[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

12/2015- present PhD student at the Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, TU München. Topic: Non-target effects of insecticide application on community structure of forest arthropods.
09/2011- 11/2014 Engineering degree in Agriculture, Food technology and Environmental Sciences at the Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture et d'agroalimentaire Rhône-Alpes (ISARA-Lyon).
03/2014- 09/2014 M.Sc. thesis at the chair group Farming Systems Ecology, dept. Plant Sciences, Wageningen University Research (WUR). Title: "Spatial and temporal implications of HIPV-mediated patch searching behaviour of Cotesia glomerata in the field." Supervisors: Dr. F. J. J. A. Bianchi (WUR), Dr. A. Wezel (ISARA-Lyon).
09/2011- 10/2013 M.Sc. Master Organic Agriculture, WUR. Specialization in Agroecology.
02/2013- 09/2013 M.Sc. thesis at the chair group Farming Systems Ecology, dept. Plant Sciences, WUR. Title: "Suitability of first-year sown flower fields for enhancing natural enemy-mediated pest-control services " Supervisors: Dr. F. J. J. A. Bianchi (WUR), Dr. A. Wezel, Dr. A. Ferrer (ISARA-Lyon).
09/2008- 09/2011 B.Sc Agriculture, Food technology and Environmental Sciences, ISARA-Lyon.

Research interest

  • Community ecology and population dynamics
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Impacts of anthropogenic management on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services


Future-oriented risk management for biotic pest events in forests to ensure sustainable forest management



  • Hochrein, Sophia; Mitesser, Oliver; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Weisser, Wolfgang W; M. L. Leroy, Benjamin; Pretzsch, Hans; Hilmers, Torben; Rabl, Dominik; Müller, Jörg: Response of cavity nesting birds to Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera) and aerial spraying – An experimental approach. Forest Ecology and Management 524, 2022, 120520 more…
  • Jacobs, Martin; Hilmers, Torben; Leroy, Benjamin M. L.; Lemme, Hannes; Kienlein, Sebastian; Müller, Jörg; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Pretzsch, Hans: Assessment of defoliation and subsequent growth losses caused by Lymantria dispar using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). Trees, 2022 more…
  • Leroy, Benjamin M. L.; Seibold, Sebastian; Morinière, Jérôme; Bozicevic, Vedran; Jaworek, Jessica; Roth, Nicolas; Vogel, Sebastian; Zytynska, Sharon; Petercord, Ralf; Eichel, Peter; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Metabarcoding of canopy arthropods reveals negative impacts of forestry insecticides on community structure across multiple taxa. Journal of Applied Ecology 59 (4), 2022, 997-1012 more…


  • Bae, Soyeon; Müller, Jörg; Förster, Bernhard; Hilmers, Torben; Hochrein, Sophia; Jacobs, Martin; Leroy, Benjamin M. L.; Pretzsch, Hans; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Mitesser, Oliver: Tracking the temporal dynamics of insect defoliation by high‐resolution radar satellite data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 13 (1), 2021, 121-132 more…
  • Leroy, Benjamin M. L.; Lemme, Hannes; Braumiller, Philipp; Hilmers, Torben; Jacobs, Martin; Hochrein, Sophia; Kienlein, Sebastian; Müller, Jörg; Pretzsch, Hans; Stimm, Kilian; Seibold, Sebastian; Jaworek, Jessica; Hahn, W. Andreas; Müller‐Kroehling, Stefan; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Relative impacts of gypsy moth outbreaks and insecticide treatments on forest resources and ecosystems: An experimental approach. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 2 (1), 2021 more…
  • Leroy, Benjamin M.L.; Gossner, Martin M.; Ferrini, Gabriele; Seibold, Sebastian; Lauer, Florian P.M.; Petercord, Ralf; Eichel, Peter; Jaworek, Jessica; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Side Effects of Insecticides on Leaf‐Miners and Gall‐Inducers Depend on Species Ecological Traits and Competition with Leaf‐Chewers. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 40 (4), 2021, 1171-1187 more…


  • Aartsma, Yavanna; Leroy, Benjamin; van der Werf, Wopke; Dicke, Marcel; Poelman, Erik H.; Bianchi, Felix J. J. A.: Intraspecific variation in herbivore-induced plant volatiles influences the spatial range of plant–parasitoid interactions. Oikos 128 (1), 2019, 77-86 more…
  • Leroy, Benjamin M L; Gossner, Martin M; Lauer, Florian P M; Petercord, Ralf; Seibold, Sebastian; Jaworek, Jessica; Weisser, Wolfgang W: Assessing Insecticide Effects in Forests: A Tree-Level Approach Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Journal of Economic Entomology 112 (6), 2019, 2686-2694 more…


  • Wezel, A.; Oertli, B.; Rosset, V.; Arthaud, F.; Leroy, B.; Smith, R.; Angélibert, S.; Bornette, G.; Vallod, D.; Robin, J.: Biodiversity patterns of nutrient-rich fish ponds and implications for conservation. Limnology 15 (3), 2014, 213-223 more…