Combining breadth of coverage with detail, this logical and cohesive introduction to insect ecology couples concepts with a broad range of examples and practical applications. It explores cutting-edge topics in the field, drawing on and highlighting the links between theory and the latest empirical studies. The sections are structured around a series of key topics, including behavioral ecology; species interactions; population ecology; food webs, communities and ecosystems; and broad patterns in nature. Chapters progress logically from the small scale to the large; from individual species through to species interactions, populations and communities. Application sections at the end of each chapter outline the practicality of ecological concepts and show how ecological information and concepts can be useful in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Each chapter ends with a summary, providing a brief recap, followed by a set of questions and discussion topics designed to encourage independent and creative thinking.
Peter W. Price is Regents' Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Robert F. Denno (1945-2008) was Professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland for more than twenty years. Micky D. Eubanks is Associate Professor of Insect Ecology in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. Deborah L. Finke is Assistant Professor of Entomology in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Ian Kaplan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University, Indiana.
Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. The scope of insect ecology; Part II. Behavioral Ecology: 2. Behavior, mating systems, and sexual selection; 3. Social insects: the evolution and ecological consequences of sociality; Part III. Species Interactions: 4. Plant and herbivore interactions; 5. Lateral interactions: competition, amensalism, and facilitation; 6. Mutualisms; 7. Prey and predator interactions; 8. Host and parasite interactions; Part IV. Population Ecology: 9. Demography, population growth and life tables; 10. Life histories; 11. Population dynamics; Part V. Food Webs and Communities: 12. Community structure; 13. Multi-trophic interactions; Part VI. Broad Patterns in Nature: 14. Biological diversity; 15. Planet Earth: patterns and processes; Glossary; References; Taxonomic index; Author index; Subject index.