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Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems
highlights the problems faced by entomologists working in forest ecosystems. It suggests ways in which their methodology can be modified so as to be understood by ecologists and become accepted within the general fields of ecology and entomology.
Insect sampling, although firmly based on standard ecological census techniques, presents special problems that are not faced by other ecologists. With the small size, varied life cycles, rapid rates of increase, and ingenious adaptations to habitats of insects, ecological entomologists face problems that are somewhat different to those faced by vertebrate or plant ecologists. Furthermore, forest ecosystems, whether natural or manmade, present special problems to the ecologists working beneath their canopies.
This book will be essential reading for advanced students and researchers as well as teachers across the whole spectrum of education.
"This book was a great read. I enjoyed all of the chapters and it should be part of anyone's library who is interested in issues of sampling in theory and practice." Ecology
"The chapters are concise but well illustrated and the index of methods is a real bonus. Coverage is excellent and there's enough material to plan sampling or to discuss it in a wider context. With a lot of coverage in a compact form this text would be a good addition to a field work library." Teaching Ecology Group Newsletter, January 2005
"This is a book to delve into, when you need some inspiration on how to sample insects, since a novel method might prove to be significantly superior to the one you have been using - all those rare beetles are really quite numerous. I recommend acquiring a copy for your bookshelf." The British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, March 2006
“Addressing the needs of ecologists…this text brings together ten papers dealing with specific sampling challenges. Each paper includes extensive references.”
Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems highlights the problems faced by entomologists working in forest ecosystems.Insects play a major part in all aspects of ecology Brings together the methodology needed to investigate insects through the various strata of the forest canopy Covers techniques associated with various specialised groups of forest insects Each chapter is backed up by a sound approach to experimental design and data analysis Essential reading for advanced students and researchers as well as teachers
About the Author
Simon Leather is currently Reader in Applied Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Imperial College’s Silwood Park campus. He has been researching the population biology of agricultural and forest pests, particularly insects, for over 25 years.
Table of Contents
Methods in Ecology series.
1 Sampling theory and practice: Simon R. Leather & Allan D. Watt.
2 Sampling insects from roots: Alan C. Gange.
3 Pitfall trapping in ecological studies: B.A. Woodcock.
4 Sampling methods for forest understorey vegetation: Claire M.P. Ozanne.
5 Sampling insects from trees: shoots, stems, and trunks: Martin R. Speight.
6 Insects in flight: Mark Young.
7 Techniques and methods for sampling canopy insects: Claire M.P. Ozanne.
8 Sampling methods for water-filled tree holes and their artificial analogues: S.P. Yanoviak & O.M. Fincke.
9 Sampling devices and sampling design for aquatic insects: Leon Blaustein & Matthew Spencer.
10 Methods for sampling termites: David T. Jones, Robert H.J. Verkerk & Paul Eggleton.
11 Parasitoids and predators: Nick Mills.