PEN-50803 Insect Conservation Biology


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. MF Wallis de Vries
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. MF Wallis de Vries
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. MF Wallis de Vries

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

Ecology 1 (PEN-10503) Introductory ecology course

Continuation courses:

PEN-30806 Restoration Ecology

ENT-30306 Ecological Aspects of Bio-interactions
ENT-30806 Fundamental and Applied Aspects of the Biology of Insects


Insects are still poorly represented in conservation biology and policy, considering their enormous share in biodiversity. The growing attention for insect conservation is essential for maintaining biodiversity as well as vital ecosystem services, such as pollination. This course will highlight current issues in the conservation of threatened insects in Europe. Various experts working in this field will contribute to the lecture series. Butterflies will receive a special focus, as both research and conservation in practice are swiftly developing for this species group.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student is expected to have gained insight into:
- insect ecology in relation to environmental change;
- principles of habitat quality and management for insects;
- methodology and applications of butterfly monitoring;
- national and European policy regarding threatened insects.


- attend and participate in lecture series;
- writing an essay on a topic of choice in the field of insect ecology and conservation.




Handouts of the lectures will be provided during the course. Additional literature (recommended): Stewart, A.J.A., New, T.R. & Lewis, O.T. (eds). (2007). Insect conservation biology. CABI, Wallingford.