Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview

SECTION I: Ecology of Individual Insects

Chapter 2. Responses to Abiotic Conditions

Chapter 3. Resource Acquisition

Chapter 4. Resource Allocation

SECTION II: Population Ecology

Chapter 5. Population Systems

Chapter 6. Population Dynamics

Chapter 7. Biogeography

SECTION III: Community Ecology

Chapter 8. Species Interactions

Chapter 9. Community Structure

Chapter 10. Community Dynamics

SECTION IV: Ecosystem Level

Chapter 11. Ecosystem Structure and Function

Chapter 12. Herbivory

Chapter 13. Pollination, Seed Predation and Seed Dispersal

Chapter 14. Decomposition and Pedogenesis

Chapter 15. Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Processes

Section V. Applications and Synthesis

Chapter 16. Applications

Chapter 17. Synthesis


No. of pages:
© 2011
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
Electronic ISBN:

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


"…this edition of Insect Ecology, An Ecosystem Approach provides a thorough, up-to-date, and well-conceived treatment of the major topics in insect ecology, and is a useful resource for courses in this subject area."--American Entomologist, Spring 2013

Praise for the first edition:
"Insect Ecology is remarkable for its scope, breadth, and comprehensiveness...Absolutely indispensable for graduate students, faculty, and professionals in entomology and ecology" -CHOICE

"The book is well written and designed. It includes excellent overview and synthesis chapters, and each individual chapter ends with a concise summary. ...I recommend that students, professionals, and amateur entomologists read this excellent volume." -ECOLOGY

"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