Insect Ecology (ENT 731)

insect_ecologyInstructor: Dr. Warren Sconiers

Spring 2015
Tu/Th: 10:15-11:30 • Gardner Hall 2321

Topics Include: Plant-Herbivore Arms Race, Top-down vs Bottom-up Effects, Community Structure, Evolution of Eusociality, Multi-trophic Interactions, Evolutionary Ecology

Activities Include: Species interaction problems, Literature Discussions, Lecture Discussions

BIO 495 016/ PB/BIO 360 Honors

Instructor: Emily Meineke
Spring 2015
Th: 8:30-9:20 104 Marye Anne Fox Hall
Fri: 11:00-11:50 David Clark Labs 287
Synopsis: For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in any other habitat.  Transition to city life affects us, though how remains unclear.  It also remains unclear how urbanization affects other living things, those that live closely with us like bed bugs and pets, and those that manage to survive under our feet (and beyond our notice) like ants.  This course will explore the multitude of urban life, especially that which makes us sick or keeps our urban ecosystems, and therefore us, healthy.  We will talk about how people manage cities and how management may change in the future as cities are increasingly expected to sustain growing human populations and biodiversity.
Activities Include: Literature discussions, Lecture discussions


Seminar: Ecology of Herbivores in Urban Environments

urban_ecology_seminarUrbanization is one of the most wide-spread sources of environmental change in the world today. Many aspects of urban habitats are different from adjacent rural or natural habitats including habitat structure, temperature, plant diversity, pollution. These and other factors can have strong effects on arthropods that lead to the extinction of some species and outbreaks of others. In this seminar we will investigate how urban environments affect the ecology of herbivorous arthropods. We will particularly focus on arthropods that become pests of urban trees to understand the factors that drive pest outbreaks and the consequences for the health of urban forests, the environment, and urban residents.

This seminar is currently scheduled for Fall semester of 2014.