Insect Ecology

2nd Edition

An Ecosystem Approach

Authors: Timothy Schowalter Timothy Schowalter
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120887729
eBook ISBN: 9780080508818
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th February 2006
Page Count: 576
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Dr. Timothy Schowalter has succeeded in creating a unique, updated treatment of insect ecology. This revised and expanded text looks at how insects adapt to environmental conditions while maintaining the ability to substantially alter their environment. It covers a range of topics- from individual insects that respond to local changes in the environment and affect resource distribution, to entire insect communities that have the capacity to modify ecosystem conditions.

Insect Ecology, Second Edition, synthesizes the latest research in the field and has been produced in full color throughout. It is ideal for students in both entomology and ecology-focused programs.

Key Features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New topics such as elemental defense by plants, chaotic models, molecular methods to measure disperson, food web relationships, and more

  • Expanded sections on plant defenses, insect learning, evolutionary tradeoffs, conservation biology and more

  • Includes more than 350 new references

  • More than 40 new full-color figures

Readership

Natural resource managers and environmental policy-makers, as well as students and instructors of insect ecology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview
I. Scope of Insect Ecology II. Ecosystem Ecology A. Ecosystem Complexity B. The Hierarchy of Subsystems C. Regulation III. Environmental Change and Disturbance IV. Ecosystem Approach to Insect Ecology V. Scope of This Book

SECTION I: Ecology of Individual Insects

Chapter 2. Responses to Abiotic Conditions
I. The Physical Template A. Biomes B. Environmental Variation C. Disturbances II. Surviving Variable Abiotic Conditions A. Thermoregulation B. Water Balance C. Air and Water Chemistry D. Other Abiotic Factors III. Factors Affecting Dispersal Behavior

A. Life History Strategy B. Crowding C. Nutritional Status D. Habitat and Resource Conditions E. Mechanism of Dispersal IV. Responses to Anthropogenic Changes V. Summary

Chapter 3. Resource Acquisition
I. Resource Quality A. Resource Requirements B. Variation in Food Quality C. Plant Chemical Defenses D. Arthropod Defenses E. Factors Affecting Expression of Defenses F. Mechanisms for Exploiting Variable Resources II. Resource Acceptability III. Resource Availability
A. Foraging Strategies B. Orientation C. Learning IV. Summary

Chapter 4. Resource Allocation
I. Resource Budget II. Allocation of Assimilated Resources A. Resource Acquisition B. Mating Activity<BR id="C

Details

No. of pages:
576
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080508818
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120887729

About the Author

Timothy Schowalter

Timothy D. Schowalter received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 1979. Since 1981, he has been a professor of entomology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, studying the effects of environmental changes, including natural and anthropogenic disturbances, on arthropod communities in temperate and tropical ecosystems, and effects of herbivores and detritivores on primary production, carbon flux, biogeochemical cycling. From 1992-93, he served as Program Director for Integrative and Theoretical Ecology at the National Science Foundation, where he was involved in developing global change and terrestrial ecosystem research initiatives at the federal level. He served as a U.S. delegate to international conventions to develop collaboration between U.S. Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites and long term sites in Hungary and East Asia and the Pacific.

Affiliations and Expertise

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

Timothy Schowalter

Timothy D. Schowalter received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 1979. Since 1981, he has been a professor of entomology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, studying the effects of environmental changes, including natural and anthropogenic disturbances, on arthropod communities in temperate and tropical ecosystems, and effects of herbivores and detritivores on primary production, carbon flux, biogeochemical cycling. From 1992-93, he served as Program Director for Integrative and Theoretical Ecology at the National Science Foundation, where he was involved in developing global change and terrestrial ecosystem research initiatives at the federal level. He served as a U.S. delegate to international conventions to develop collaboration between U.S. Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites and long term sites in Hungary and East Asia and the Pacific.

Affiliations and Expertise

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

Reviews

"Schowalter's 2nd edition of Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach is a gem - a complete course in modern ecology from the vantage point of insects in ecological systems. Accessible and engaging, yet it treats the most complex ecological phenomena from individual behavior and population processes through landscape and regional-scale issues." - Dan Simberloff, University of Tennessee "Schowalter provides a well-illustrated, comprehensive integration of population, community, and ecosystem ecology that demonstrates the global importance of insects in terrestrial and aquatic domains. Examples from temperate and tropical studies are related to a wide range of fundamental ecological concepts. The synthesis of current literature is thoroughly developed and will be widely appreciated by beginning students and established professionals." - Alan Covich, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia "This very stimulating book will interest entomologists and ecologists alike. Schowalter broadens the traditional scope of insect ecology to communities and ecosystems. He gives an excellent overview how insects shape ecosystem functioning, including their critical role in major trophic interactions such as decomposition, pollination, herbivory and biological control." - Teja Tscharntke, University of Göttingen, Germany