This is an introductory course in insect ecology. Students will learn about the ways in which insects interact with and adapt to their abiotic & biotic environments and their roles in diverse ecosystems. The course includes lectures, outside readings, and critical analysis and discussion of contemporary literature.
Students completing this course will become familiar with the application of ecological principles to the study of insects and new areas of interest in this field. Highlighted topics will include insect behavior, chemical and sensory ecology, physiological responses to biotic and abiotic stressors, plant-insect interactions, community and food-web dynamics, and disease ecology. The course will emphasize insect evolution and adaptation in the context of specific interactions with other organisms and the abiotic environment. During the course there will be discussion sessions exploring and analysing key examples of insect ecology in literature.