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.
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
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
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 20 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.
"Insect Ecology is a real magnum opus! It is rare to see such diverse and comprehensive coverage, with coupled historical and modern perspectives. This book is destined to be an instant classic."
– Anurag Agrawal, Cornell University
"The coverage in most sections is breathtakingly thorough and the writing is lucid and well targeted to the audience. The new textbook will instantly supplant the currently available texts on the topic as the authoritative source and the best one on which to base courses."
– Sanford D. Eigenbrode, University of Idaho
"Price's past editions are the standards for insect ecology texts. No other insect ecology text comes close. The new edition will be the standard by which all others are measured."
– Robert K. D. Peterson, Montana State University
"The strengths are in the approach, the organization, the presentation of material in an interesting and clear way, and the relevance as brought out by examples and applications."
– Sherilyn Smith, Le Moyne College
"This extraordinary book is a joy to read. Not only is it the best synthesis of what has been learned in recent years about the ecology and evolution of insects, it is also one of the best syntheses of the fields of behavioral ecology, population ecology, and community ecology. It is a work of immense scholarship and insight into the ecological and evolutionary processes that have shaped the life histories, dynamics [and] interactions of the most diverse group of animals on earth. It is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the processes shaping the web of life in natural and human-altered ecosystems. Chapter by chapter, the book shows how and why Darwin's entangled bank has become so entangled."
– John N. Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz
"This fresh edition of Price's excellent textbook has acquired co-authors who have strengthened it further [...] This textbook is full of enthusiasm for the amazing diversity of insect natural history. It expertly imparts basics such as population dynamics. At the same time, there are big concepts that Price has pioneered, such as the far-reaching consequences of living in or on a host organism, and interactions across three or more trophic levels."
– Mark Westoby, Macquarie University
"This textbook is an excellent new choice in the field [...] [it] [...] skilfully combines depth and breadth into a useable and thoughtfully organized whole, and will undoubtedly be well received as an up-to-date and cohesive introduction to the field for many in the next generation of insect ecologists."
– Louie H. Yang, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Despite being tailored for use in teaching, Insect Ecology will also be of tremendous use to researchers working in areas related to insect ecology [...] [it] will prove valuable not only as a textbook for graduate students and advanced undergraduates but also as a reference for practising ecologists and, especially, applied ecologists who want or need a reminder of the ecological foundations of pest management."
– Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
"Insect Ecology is a modern, user-friendly, broad introduction to the ecology of insects, a must-have for scientists and students alike."
– Basic and Applied Ecology
"Insect Ecology is first and foremost an extremely useful book. By making an enormous amount of material accessible and interesting it can serve as a tremendous textbook for many potential classes and be a terrific reference book for those who continue work in related areas. No matter the aspect of insect ecology, this book has a clear and straightforward overview of the subject along with abundant examples and references that will stimulate ideas for research and teaching."
"[...] this new book provides a needed update to a classic text. I am sure this text will quickly become a reference of choice for a new generation of insect ecologists."
– John F. Tooker, American Entomologist