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Biodiversity of aquatic insects

Riparian habitats contain a rich diversity of organisms and serve as important linkages between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Insects are a critical component of these ecosystems because of their numerical abundance, taxonomic diversity, and trophic significance. Aquatic insects are unique in that most species cross the interface and, thus, affect energy exchange between and within freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Gregory W Courtney

Gregory Courtney
Curator of Iowa State Insect Collection
Director of Insect Zoo
Area of Expertise: 
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Aquatic Insects, Systematics