Entomology

Tuesday and Thursday 530-645PM; FA 301

Lab Wednesday 10-1; FA 254 

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr. Lee Dyer; 784-1360; ecodyer@gmail.com; 141 Fleischmann Agriculture Building

Office hours, Tuesday 3-5PM in FA254 and by appointment

 TA: Colin Morrison; lab hours: Wednesday 10-12 in FA254

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this course are for students to:

1. Learn about the physiology, ecology, evolution, and systematics of insects.

2. Examine the process of science in entomology.

3. Develop skills in writing about entomological research.

4. Examine the scientific review process.

5. (Graduate students) Improve oral presentation, writing and synthesis skills.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. Students will recognize any insect encountered and will readily identify it to order, family, or genus.

2. When faced with specific questions about insect biology, students will readily articulate the physiological, ecological, and evolutionary idiosynchracies of unique insect adaptations.

3. Students will write critiques of primary literature that demonstrate a clear understanding of general entomology.

4. Graduate students will design a professional lecture and prepare a concise synthesis paper on an entomological topic relevant to their research.

 

RECOMMENDED TEXTS:

these are not required, thus they are not available at the bookstore, but they can be purchased used on Amazon or other online sources

Gullan, P.J. and Cranston, P.S. 2010. The insects: An outline of entomology. Third edition. Blackwell Science, Oxford, England.

Johnson, N.F. and Triplehorn, C.A. 2004. Borror and DeLong's introduction to the study of insects. Brooks Cole.

 

REQUIREMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE:

1. Pass the practical

2. Pass the midterm and final exams.

3. Turn in two acceptable critiques of any of the invited entomology seminars.

 

EXAMINATIONS AND GRADING POLICY:

The final exam will be cumulative. Final grades in the course will be based upon your total points with grades assigned using a standard percentage system: A = 90 - 100%; B = 80 - 89%;C = 70 - 79%; D = 60 - 69%; F < 60%.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Graduate students will be required to give one lecture (45 minutes, with 15 minutes of questions) instead of the midterm examination; students will be required to practice this presentation with the instructor at least once before it is due. The final exam will be a take-home essay exam with four long synthetic questions (different from the final for undergraduate students). Answers must be supported with citations from primary literature. Students will be required to meet with the instructor to discuss a draft of this paper at least once before it is due.

 LINKS TO LAB INFORMATION AND ASSIGNMENTS:

Critiques for colloquium talks

Collecting and curating lecture

List of taxa to learn in the laboratory

OPTIONAL collection

 

LECTURE SCHEDULE:

Date
Topic
Readings

( from Gullan & Cranston)

Jan 22, 24

Introduction

 

Chps. 1, 2, 7

Jan 29, 31

Insect diversity, taxonomy, and systematics

Insect body plan and integument

Chp. 7

Feb 5, 7

Insect diversity, taxonomy, and systematics

Chp. 2/appendix

 Feb 12, 14

Insect diversity, taxonomy, and systematics

Handouts/appendix

Feb 19, 21

Digestion, metabolism and excretion

Respiration and circulation

Chp. 3

Feb 26