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Overview

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.

• 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

Audience: Graduate students and professional ecologists focusing on insect ecology; a broader spectrum of practicing ecologists who study plant and animal ecology, aquatic ecology, forest ecology, and crop management.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[This text] is a gem - a complete course in modern ecology from the vantage point of insects in ecological systems...." - Dan Simberloff, University of Tennessee

"Schowalter provides a well-illustrated, comprehensive integration of population, community, and ecosystem ecology that demonstrates the global importance of insects...." - Alan Covich, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

"This very stimulating book will interest entomologists and ecologists alike....[Schowalter]gives an excellent overview how insects shape ecosystem functioning...." - Teja Tscharntke, University of Göttingen, Germany

Praise for the first edition:
"Insect Ecology is remarkable for its scope, breadth, and comprehensiveness...Absolutely indispensable for graduate students, faculty, and professionals in entomology and ecology." —CHOICE

"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." -ECOLOGY

Booknews
Showalter (entomology, Oregon State U.) attempts to integrate insect ecology with ecosystem ecology, using a hierarchical model that focuses on linkages and feedbacks among individual, population, community, and ecosystem properties. The volume's 16 chapters are arranged into five sections: ecology of individual insects, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem level, and synthesis. Suitable as a text and reference for graduate students as well as professional entomologists and ecologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123813510
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/3/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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. Applications

Chapter 17. Synthesis

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