Entomology 590: Special Topics

Fall 2017

590F Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Smith. 1 credit, one meeting per week. The goals of this course are to review contemporary topics and current issues in the transmission of disease by arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Students will present recent literature from the fields of medical and/or veterinary entomology that include aspects of disease transmission, epidemiology, and challenges for vector control.  Students are also expected to engage in in-class discussions of the material. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. There are no prerequisites for this class.


Previous Semester:

Spring 2017

590C Ecology and Pest Management. O'Neal. 1 credit, one meeting per week.

Pharmocophagy and Tritrophic interactions: who benefits?

The consumption of plant material that is used for non-nutritional benefits has been referred to as pharmocophagy.   We will explore a component of pharmocophagy and how it affects tritrophic interactions comprised of plants, specialist herbivores that feed on them and sequester anti-herbivory compounds produced by the plant, and subsequent response of natural enemies to these herbivores with the compound.  Students will review published studies to confirm if mortality by natural enemies is affected by this sequestration and estimate the magnitude of this putative protection. In the process of reviewing this literature, students will conduct a meta-analysis of this tritrophic interaction estimating the impact of the sequestered compounds on the predator-prey relationship.

The goals for this course are  1) a review of factors that affect tritrophic interactions and  develop a greater understanding of how meta-analyses are conducted and their value in addressing questions within ecology.

Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. There are no prerequisites for this class.


Upcoming Schedule:

S18 590D Evolution and Systematics (Courtney)

F18 590G Molecular Entomology (Smith)

S19 590I Toxicology and Biochemistry (Coats)

F19 590A Biological Control and Pathology (Gassmann / O'Neal)

S20 590N Population Genetics (Gassmann / Sappington)

F20 590B Chemical Ecology and Behavior (Jurenka)

S21 590C Ecology and Pest Management (O'Neal)

F21 590F Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Smith)