Insect Ecology

Insect Ecology : An Ecosystem Approach

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Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach, Fourth Edition, follows a hierarchical organization that begins with relatively easy-to-understand chapters on adaptive responses of insect populations to various environmental changes, disturbances, and anthropogenic activities, how insects find food and habitat resources, and how insects allocate available energy and nutrients.

Chapters build on fundamental information to show how insect populations respond to changing environmental conditions, including spatial and temporal distribution of food and habitat. The next section integrates populations of interacting species within communities and how these interactions determine structure of communities over time and space.

Other works in insect ecology stop there, essentially limiting presentation of insect ecology to evolutionary responses of insects to their environment, including the activities of other species. The unique aspect of this book is its four chapters on ecosystem structure and function, and how herbivores, pollinators, seed predators, and detritivores drive ecosystem dynamics and contribute to ecosystem stability.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 774 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 40.64mm | 2,410g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 012803033X
  • 9780128030332

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: Application to Sustainability of Ecosystem Services

Chapter 17: Management of Insect Populations

Chapter 18: Summary and Synthesis
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"I consider Schowalter's Insect Ecology to be the consummate text on the topic as the author has a very broad and diverse perspective on insect ecology. The ecosystem-level perspective Schowalter takes in this book fills the need to incorporate insects and their influence into a larger, applied context. Insects have huge impacts on timber availability, large scale fires, and the carbon sink capacity of our forests. Understanding insects' influence on these disturbances and ecosystem services is essential for land managers, restoration project managers, and environmental consultants, in addition to research scientists." -- Dr. Samantha Chapman, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Villanova University
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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.
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