Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests and Fields

biol 365 - Great Lakes - May Session


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


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 Natural Area

Arcadia Dunes

Jordan River Valley

Au Sable River

Manistee River

Lost Lake

Bear Lake Bog