What can I do for urban insect biodiversity? Applying lessons from ecological research

Helden, Alvin J. (2016) What can I do for urban insect biodiversity? Applying lessons from ecological research. In: Beyond Pests: Biodiversity in the Urban Environment. International Congress of Entomology, 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/ICE.2016.109052

Abstract

Introduction: In one sense, urban ecosystems might be thought of as unique in the range of challenges and opportunities for insects that they create. However, many of the ecological processes and anthropological effects they encapsulate can equally be found in other human dominated environments. So applying ecological lessons from both within and outside urban areas is important for insect conservation within our towns and cities. Methods: Here, I apply this principle by describing the entomological lessons relevant to urban insect conservation that I have learned from my work in both urban areas and agricultural systems. I will describe work on roundabouts and the importance of habitat management for insects. I will introduce you to some rare species in some urban green spaces. Results/Conclusion: I will show you what I have found in my studies of small-scale habitat heterogeneity, and consider how that might be applied to urban environments. I will finish by reflecting on the success, or otherwise, of my personal attempts to encourage insect biodiversity, and consider what I and we, as entomologists, need to be doing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The talk is being published in the journal Zoosymposia. http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/702549/
Keywords: Gardens, Management, Hemiptera, Grassland
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Alvin Helden
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:13
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702539

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