1990 – 1995
Dissertation in the laboratory for vertebrate biology of the Department of Zoology at the University of Basel: 'On the biology and anatomy of the head of the Red Sea longnose filefish Oxymonacanthus halli (Marshall, 1952)'

High School Graduation Type C at the Basel Secondary School for Maths and Natural Sciences


Since 1998
Collections Administrator in the Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum Basel (zoology – non-insects)

1996 – 2001
Teacher of biology and chemistry (Orientierungsschule Basel, Bildungszentrum Basel (BZB)

1994 – 1997
Temporary work at the Natural History Museum Basel


Wüest, U. (1992). Zur Funktion des Augenflecks beim Harlekin-Feilenfisch Oxymonacanthus halli (Marshall, 1952). Z. Fischk. 1(2): 151-155.

Wüest, U. (1993). Über das Schlafverhalten des Harlekin-Feilenfisches Oxymonacanthus halli. Natur und Museum 123: 56-59.

Wüest, U. und D.G. Senn (1993). Zur Biologie des Harlekin-Feilenfisches Oxymonacanthus halli (Marshall, 1952). Verh. Naturf. Gesel. Basel 103: 67-71.

Cacciali, Pier & Urs Wüest (2009). Notes on Geographic Distribution. Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae, Lygophis meridionalis: Type locality. Check List 5(3): 383-385.

Wüest, Urs & Pascale Steiner. (2010): Der Lachs in Basel (NW-Schweiz). Mitt. Naturf. Ges. beider Basel 12: 15-23 (10 Abb.).

Wüest, Urs & Pascale Steiner. (2010): Der Lachs in Basel. Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. David Gaudenz Senn: 117-124 (3 Abb. + Lachsrezept)

Projects and Museum Activities

Co-project lead for the exhibition 'Sharks – hunted hunters' (an exhibition of the Swiss Shark Foundation), January – April 2003.

Member of the exhibition project team 'Deep Sea', 2007

Project lead, small display 'Salmon in Basel' September 2008 – April 2009