Table of Contents


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


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


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


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 St


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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.