Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests, and Fields (Biol 365)

Great Lakes Campus - May Session


Course Description

Life history, behavior, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic insects and their roles in pollination, herbivory, predation, agroecosystems, disease and vector epidemiology, invasion ecology, soil ecology, biodiversity and freshwater ecology. Practical applications include study of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce negative impacts of pest species in agricultural, structural, and medical settings while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functionality. (4-credits) Field, Applied.


Professor: Dr. David Hoekman

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Knowledge Gained

  • Appreciate the phenomenal breadth of insect taxonomy and know the major orders and representative examples
  • Communicate the importance of insects as selective, stabilizing and potentially destructive components of ecosystems
  • Know the basic anatomy and physiology of insects
  • Comprehend ecological concepts/principles at the physiological, population, community and ecosystem levels.

Skills Developed

  • Learning to recognize a wide variety of insect Orders and Families
  • Sampling techniques for insects in aquatic and terrestrial settings
  • Microscope proficiency and insect identification
  • Familiarity with field biology
  • Use of waders and aquatic sampling equipment

Field Experiences

  • Au Sable campus
  • Hartwick Pines State Park
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Pickerel Lake
  • Grass River Nature Area
  • Arcadia Dunes
  • Jordan River Valley
  • Au Sable River
  • Manistee River
  • Lost Lake
  • Bear Lake Bog


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