Mark Mescher: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Mark Mescher
Dep. Umweltsystemwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, LFO G 19
Schmelzbergstrasse 9
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 39 30
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

751-5121-00LInsect Ecology2 credits2VC. De Moraes, M. Mescher, N. Stanczyk
AbstractThis is an introductory course in insect ecology. Students will learn about the ways in which insects interact with and adapt to their abiotic & biotic environments and their roles in diverse ecosystems. The course will entail lectures, outside readings, and critical analysis of contemporary literature.
ObjectiveStudents completing this course should become familiar with the application of ecological principles to the study of insects, as well as major areas of inquiry in this field. Highlighted topics will include insect behavior, chemical and sensory ecology, physiological responses to biotic and abiotic stressors, plant-insect interactions, community and food-web dynamics, and disease ecology. The course will emphasize insect evolution and adaptation in the context of specific interactions with other organisms and the abiotic environment. Examples from the literature incorporated into lectures will highlight the methods used to study insect ecology.
Lecture notesProvided to students through ILIAS
LiteratureSelected required readings (peer reviewed literature, selected book chapters). Optional recommended readings with additional information.