|Prof. Bruce Hammock
Room 90, Briggs Hall
|Prof. Walter Leal
Room 37, Briggs Hall
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:50 a.m. in 122 Briggs
Insects occupy nearly every niche in nature and make up more than half of all living things on the planet. Their relationship with humans is dichotomous. On the one hand, insects pollinate our crops, control many of our pests, and return much of our wastes to the soil. On the other hand, insects destroy our foods, damage the wood structure of our houses, and transmit our most devastating diseases. What makes these mechanical-chemical units of life so successful? What is the phenomenally successful design that makes insects adapted to every imaginable habitat and to face significant environmental changes? This course will allow you to understand the mechanical, physical, chemical, metabolic, physiological and behavioral processes that these biological machines utilize to maintain themselves, reproduce, and adapt to meet the constraints of the environment.
Prerequisites: The equivalent of ENT 100, or an introductory Invertebrate Zoology course, such as BIS 1B.