Insect Ecology : An Ecosystem Approach
Insects are the most diverse and dominant group of organisms on Earth. They are highly sensitive to environmental changes and are capable of responding dramatically by engineering further changes in ecosystem structure and function. Their capacity to respond dramatically to environmental gradients often brings them into conflict with our resource management goals. Insects are also potentially useful indicators of impending environmental changes. Insect Ecology integrates the traditional emphasis on insect diversity, life history adaptations, and species interactions with insects roles in ecosystems subject to environmental changes.
- Hardback | 483 pages
- 174.2 x 255.8 x 19.1mm | 1,129.65g
- 18 Jan 2000
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- Illustrations, map
"Insect Ecology is remarkable for its scope, breadth, and comprehensiveness. Schowalter (Oregon State University, Corvallis), a well-known authority in entomological ecology, has superbly and exhaustively reviewed the entire subject of insect ecology. ...The writing is professional, accurate, well-organized, and up-to-date. This volume will be highly useful for many reasons in addition to the voluminous information presented. ...Absolutely indispensable for graduate students, faculty, and professionals in entomology and ecology and for libraries that support these disciplines. --P.E. Lutz, Lenoir-Rhyne College, in CHOICE (July/August 2000) ...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. --Lee Dyer, Tulane University, in ECOLOGY (2000)
Table of contents
Preface. Overview. Ecology of Individual Insects: Responses to Abiotic Conditions. Resource Acquisition. Resource Allocation. Population Ecology: Population Systems. Population Dynamics. Biogeography. Community Ecology: Species Interactions. Community Structure. Community Dynamics. Ecosystem Level: Ecosystem Structure and Function. Herbivory. Pollination, Seed Predation, and Seed Dispersal. Decomposition and Pedogenesis. Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Processes. Synthesis. Bibliography. Author Index. Taxonomic Index. Subject Index.
About Timothy D. 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.