Course detail

LET5808 - Insect Ecology

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
15 weeks
120 hours

Wesley Augusto Conde Godoy

To provide students with a theoretical foundation in ecology to apply knowledge in the area of
Agricultural Entomology, with an emphasis on Pest Management. The essential items that will structure
the course will be: Population Ecology, Community Structure, and Agroecosystem Ecology, always
focusing on Insect Ecology.

Population ecology, community structure, and agroecosystems; links of entomology and ecology; biotic
and abiotic factors capable of influencing insect populations; basic notions of behavioral and
physiological ecology; growth and population dynamics of insects and natural enemies; resource
limitation; life table and age structure; demographic and environmental stochasticity; dispersal; island
biogeography; dynamics of metapopulations and metacommunities; interactions: herbivory,
competition, predation, and parasitism; insect/pathogen interaction; trophic systems; population theory
applied to pest management; basic principles of mathematical modeling and applications in population
ecology; methodology and tools for population analysis: sampling programs and population estimates;
diversity and species richness indices; spatiotemporal scale studies, computer programs, and ecological

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