Current Topics in Insect Ecology: Insects in a Changing Climate Instructor: Dylan Parry

EFB 797, Fall 2012 Mondays 1:00-1:50

1 Credit (Seminar)
Office Hours: Monday 9:30-12:00

Contact Information: 109 Illick; 470-6753;

Course Website:


Goals of course/overview:

In this seminar, we will read and discuss empirical and conceptual papers that are shaping our understanding of how insects will respond to climate change.





Aug. 27, 2012

Introductions / Climate Change: Known and Unknowns

Dylan Parry


Sept. 10. 2012

Climate Change and Insects – an Overview

Dylan Parry


Sept. 17, 2012

Changes in Range and Abundance

Georgia Keene


Sept. 24, 2012

Physiological responses (Development, Diapause, Voltinism, etc.)

Dylan Parry

Altermatt 2009

Oct. 1, 2012

Decoupling – Plant-Herbivore

Cheryl Bondi

van Asch et al. 2007

Oct. 8, 2012

Decoupling – Predator-Prey or Parasitoid/Host

Jessica Carlson

Both et al. 2009

Oct. 15, 2012

Climate Change and Pollinators

Laura Hansen


Oct. 22. 2012

Insect Outbreaks

Chris Foelker

de la Giroday et al. 2012

Oct. 29, 2012

Carbon Dioxide and Insects I

Nick Helms

Goverde et al. 2002

Nov. 5. 2012

Carbon Dioxide and Insects II

John Hartigan

Zavala et al. 2009

Nov. 26, 2012

Climate and Insect Invasions

Mike Parisio

Paradis etal. 2007

Dec. 3, 2012

Insect conservation in a changing climate

Joelle Chille

Arribas etal. 2012




Weekly Participation

Your responsibilities in this class are:



Discussion Leader

Decide how you want to run the class; a combination of review of the main features or idea from your paper and either a formal discussion or another planned activity.  Don’t spend all your time reviewing (presumably we have all read the papers and a quick encapsulation should be sufficient). Certainly, no more than 10 minutes for your introductory material.  Use your imagination – make it interesting!


Your grade will come from your participation (in class and answered questions - 50%) and your discussion leadership (50%)