Insect Ecology

Insect Ecology

An Ecosystem Approach

3rd Edition - April 10, 2006

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  • Authors: Timothy Schowalter, Timothy Schowalter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123813527

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The third edition of Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach provides a modern perspective of insect ecology that integrates two approaches traditionally used to study insect ecology: evolutionary and ecosystem. This integration substantially broadens the scope of insect ecology and contributes to prediction and resolution of the effects of current environmental changes, as these affect and are affected by insects. The third edition includes an updated and expanded synthesis of feedback and interactions between insects and their environment. This updated material and a new chapter on applications of insect ecology to social and environmental issues effectively demonstrates how evolutionary and ecosystem approaches complement each other, with the intent of stimulating further integration of these approaches in experiments that address insect roles in ecosystems. Effective management of ecosystem resources depends on evaluation of the complex, often complementary, effects of insects on ecosystem conditions, as well as insect responses to changing conditions.

Key Features

  • Timely revision of a key reference on insect ecology
  • Full coverage of ecosystem structure and function balanced with essential background on evolutionary aspects
  • New chapter on applications to issues such as pest management, ecosystem restoration, invasive species and environmental changes
  • Case studies highlight practical and theoretical applications for topics covered in each chapter

Readership

Researchers and professionals working in the fields of insect ecology, plant and animal ecology, aquatic ecology, forest ecology, crop management and related disciplines; natural resource managers and environmental policy-makers; upper undergraduate /graduate students studying insect ecology

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Overview

    I. Scope Of Insect Ecology

    II. Ecosystem Ecology

    III. Environmental Change And Disturbance

    iv. Ecosystem Approach To Insect Ecology

    v. Scope Of This Book

    Introduction

    2. Responses to Abiotic Conditions

    I. The Physical Template

    II. Surviving Variable Abiotic Conditions

    III. Factors Affecting Dispersal Behavior

    IV. Responses To Anthropogenic Changes

    V. Summary

    3. Resource Acquisition

    I. Resource Quality

    II. Resource Acceptability

    III. Resource Availability

    IV. Summary

    4. Resource Allocation

    I. Resource Budget

    II. Allocation Of Assimilated Resources

    III. Efficiency Of Resource Use

    IV. Summary

    Introduction

    5. Population Systems

    I. Population Structure

    II. Population Processes

    III. Life History Characteristics

    IV. Parameter Estimation

    V. Summary

    6. Population Dynamics

    I. Population Fluctuation

    II. Factors Affecting Population Size

    III. Models Of Population Change

    A. Exponential and Geometric Models

    B. Logistic Model

    C. Complex Models

    D. Computerized Models

    E. Model Evaluation

    IV. Summary

    7. Biogeography

    I. Geographic Distribution

    III. Habitat Connectivity

    Iv. Anthropogenic Effects On Spatial Dynamics

    V. Models Of Spatial Dynamics

    VI. Summary

    Introduction

    8. Species Interactions

    I. Classes of Interactions

    II. Factors Affecting Interactions

    III. Consequences of Interactions

    IV. Summary

    9. Community Structure

    I. Approaches To Describing Communities

    II. Patterns Of Community Structure

    III. Determinants Of Community Structure

    IV. Summary

    10. Community Dynamics

    I. Short-Term Change In Community Structure

    II. Successional Change In Community Structure

    III. Paleoecology

    IV. Diversity Vs. Stability

    V. Summary

    Introduction

    11. Ecosystem Structure and Function

    I. Ecosystem Structure

    II. Energy Flow

    III. Biogeochemical Cycling

    IV. Climate Modification

    V. Ecosystem Modeling

    VI. Summary

    12. Herbivory

    I. Types And Patterns Of Herbivory

    II. Effects Of Herbivory

    III. Summary

    13. Pollination, Seed Predation and Seed Dispersal

    I. Types And Patterns Of Pollination

    II. Effects Of Pollination

    III. Types And Patterns Of Seed Predation And Dispersal

    IV. Effects Of Seed Predation And Dispersal

    V. Summary

    14. Decomposition and Pedogenesis

    I. Types And Patterns of Detritivory And Burrowing

    II. Effects of Detritivory And Burrowing

    III. Summary

    15. Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Processes

    I. Development Of The Concept

    II. Ecosystems As Cybernetic Systems

    III. Summary

    Introduction

    16. Applications

    I. Ecosystem Services

    17. Summary and Synthesis

    I. Summary

    II. Synthesis

    III. Critical Issues

    IV. Conclusions

    Bibliography

    Author index

    Taxonomic Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 650
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: April 10, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123813527

About the Authors

Timothy Schowalter

Timothy D. Schowalter received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 1979. He is currently a Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University, where he also served as the department head until 2015. Previously, he was a professor of entomology at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Dr. Schowalter 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 also 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

Professor of Entomology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Timothy Schowalter

Timothy D. Schowalter received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 1979. He is currently a Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University, where he also served as the department head until 2015. Previously, he was a professor of entomology at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Dr. Schowalter 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 also 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

Professor of Entomology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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