Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach by Timothy D. SchowalterInsect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach by Timothy D. Schowalter

Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach

byTimothy D. Schowalter

Hardcover | August 10, 2016

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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.



  • Provides the most advanced synthesis of insect ecology, with updated material throughout and new chapters
  • Presents the roles of insects in delivery of ecosystem services and applications to pest management and conservation
  • Features full coverage of ecosystem structure and function balanced with essential background on evolutionary aspects
  • Includes case studies highlighting practical and theoretical applications for topics covered in each chapter
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 tropica...
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Title:Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:774 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 10, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:012803033X

ISBN - 13:9780128030332

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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