ENTO 510-801: Insect Ecology
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): John Townsend-Mehler
Course DescriptionThe course covers the physiological, population, and community ecology of insects and related invertebrates. Specific topics include insect size, scaling, and ecological consequences, the Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on insect population and community dynamics, seasonal adaptations, dispersion, life table analysis, r- and k-selection, ecological methods, and insect-plant interactions. Case studies include examples based on the professional and research interests of students. Course activities include discussions, textbook and literature readings, written assignments, and exams.
Meeting Place and Times
Participants log in to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Dr. Townsend-Mehler earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Montana State University in 2001, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology from Michigan State University in 2010, with a specialization in Cognitive Science. His research interests include both foraging behavior and decision-making in social insects as well as science education (in humans). He began developing and teaching online courses in 2011.
PrerequisitesA Bachelors degree, courses in general biology and general ecology. An introductory course in entomology is very helpful, but is not a prerequisite.
Target AudienceFederal agency employees, agricultural professionals, environmental consulting firm employees, environmental law professionals, non-governmental organization employees, high school science teachers, and others interested in entomology and environmental science.
Time Commitment:8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
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- Insect Ecology: Behavior, Populations, and Communities
Author(s): Peter W. Price; Robert F. Denno; Micky D. Eubanks; Deborah L. Finke; Ian Kaplan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2011
Hardcover ISBN: 9780521834889
Paperback ISBN: 9780521542609
Price at Amazon new: $73 Hardcover; $58 Paperback
- Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects
Author: Robert Shaw
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 022632575X
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