Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach - third edition

Timothy D. Schowalter 
Academic Press  2011  

Hardcover  650 pp  ISBN 9780123813510      £61.00
  • 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

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.

Of interest to 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.



SECTION I: Ecology of Individual Insects

  • Responses to Abiotic Conditions
  • Resource Acquisition
  • Resource Allocation

SECTION II: Population Ecology

  • Population Systems
  • Population Dynamics
  • Biogeography

SECTION III: Community Ecology

  • Species Interactions
  • Community Structure
  • Community Dynamics

SECTION IV: Ecosystem Level

  • Ecosystem Structure and Function
  • . Herbivory
  • Pollination, Seed Predation and Seed Dispersal
  • Decomposition and Pedogenesis
  • Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Processes

Section V. Applications and Synthesis

  • Applications
  • Synthesis
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