|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. EH Poelman|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. PW de Jong|
|dr. DK Aanen|
|prof. dr. M Dicke|
|prof. dr. BJ Zwaan|
|dr. EH Poelman|
|Examiner(s)||prof. dr. M Dicke|
Language of instruction:
Assumed knowledge on:
PEN-10503 Ecology I.
Other courses in the BSc minor Applied Ecology and Durable Management of Insects and ENT-30306 Ecological Aspects of Bio-interactions; PHP-30806 Molecular Aspects of Bio-interactions.
This course addresses the ecology of insects with an emphasis on biological traits that are characteristic for insects. Main topics are:
- adaptation to extreme environmental conditions, diapause and migration;
- evolution of life-histories, r and K strategies, selection on life-history components in the context of lifetime fitness;
- population genetics of insects;
- behavioural ecology of insects;
- parasitoid lifestyle, optimal foraging, host selection, offspring allocation strategies;
- population dynamics, especially of parasitoid-host interactions;
- diversity and stability in insect communities;
- mutualism in insect ecology, pollination, insect-microbe mutualism;
- genetics and reproduction: haplodiploidy, sex allocation strategies, sib-mating, evolution of clutch size.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate insight into the ecology of insects in the context of the unique biological features characteristic of insects;
- recognize state-of-the-art scientific advances in the behaviour, ecological genetics, life-history evolution, reproduction and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions of insects;
- apply ecological principles to the specific biology of insects;
- carry out experiments to investigate ecological questions related to insects.
- experiments addressing the life-history and searching behaviour of insects;
- writing a report that incorporates knowledge from recent literature in the field of insect ecology.
The examination is based on a written exam, the report on the experimental work, including discussion of literature and on the performance in the practical.
Literature that covers the lectures content will be provided on Brightspace.
|Compulsory for:||WUEBC||BSc Minor Ecology and Biological Control of Insects||4WD|