Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach

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Elsevier, Feb 27, 2006 - Science - 576 pages
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Dr. Timothy Schowalter has succeeded in creating a unique, updated treatment of insect ecology. This revised and expanded text looks at how insects adapt to environmental conditions while maintaining the ability to substantially alter their environment. It covers a range of topics- from individual insects that respond to local changes in the environment and affect resource distribution, to entire insect communities that have the capacity to modify ecosystem conditions.

Insect Ecology, Second Edition, synthesizes the latest research in the field and has been produced in full color throughout. It is ideal for students in both entomology and ecology-focused programs.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

* New topics such as elemental defense by plants, chaotic models, molecular methods to measure disperson, food web relationships, and more

* Expanded sections on plant defenses, insect learning, evolutionary tradeoffs, conservation biology and more

* Includes more than 350 new references

* More than 40 new full-color figures
 

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Contents

chapter 1 Overview
1
Section I
15
chapter 2 Responses to Abiotic Conditions
17
chapter 3 Resource Acquisition
53
chapter 4 Resource Allocation
95
Section II
123
chapter 5 Population Systems
125
chapter 6 Population dynamics
153
Section IV
313
chapter 11 Ecosystem Structure and Function
315
chapter 12 Herbivory
347
chapter 13 Pollination Seed Predation and Seed Dispersal
383
chapter 14 Decomposition and Pedogenesis
405
chapter 15 Insects as Regulators of Ecosystem Processes
437
Section V
463
chapter 16 Synthesis
465

chapter 7 Biogeography
179
Section III
211
chapter 8 Species Interactions
213
chapter 9 Community Structure
251
chapter 10 Community Dynamics
283
Bibliography
483
Author Index
537
Taxonomic Index
545
Subject Index
551
Extended Permissions List
569

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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.