Insects

The most diverse and abundant taxa of animals, but we know relatively little about them.  Our lab uses remote sensing and spectroscopy to study the interaction between insects and the landscape.AFRI Soy

 

Our projects with Insects include:

Landscape Pattern and Soybean Aphids

Biochemical Spectroscopy

Forest Disturbance

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Remote Sensing and Insects (Madison)

Remote Sensing and Insects (Northwoods)

Mountain Pine Beetle


Read about all insect projects below:

Mountain Pine Beetle

Yellowstone Ecoregion Mountain Pine Beetle project A range of wood-boring beetles (including the mountain pine beetle) have affected broad areas of the Rocky Mountains over the past two decades. These infestations are unprecedented in historical times, and correspond to a … Continue reading

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Iceland – Lake Myvatn – Lake to Land Fluxes

Nutrients are exchanged between ecosystems in many ways. The direction and magnitude of fluxes across the landscape can dramatically influence ecosystem processes. In Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland, an abundance of midges (in Icelandic, ‘my’ is midge, and ‘vatn’ is lake) … Continue reading

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Remote Sensing and Insects in Madison, WI

Relationships among remotely sensed forest canopy traits and insect community composition Globally, insects are the largest and most diverse group of animals, representing an overwhelming percentage of Earth’s biodiversity. In addition, insects and their associated pathogens constitute one of the … Continue reading

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Forest disturbance

We can observe and describe forest disturbances in a number of ways using satellite imagery, airborne observations, and field measurements. Our work in Upper Midwest and Great Lakes forests considers numerous disturbance types: severe storm winds, insect defoliation, fire, and … Continue reading

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Biochemical spectroscopy

All organisms interact via chemical signals. As such, chemical ecology plays a central role in explaining the interactions among organisms and their environment and how these interactions affect ecosystem functioning. Traditionally, standard chemical measurements are time consuming, expensive, and require … Continue reading

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Landscape pattern and soybean aphids

Landscape structure and natural pest-suppression services in bioenergy landscapes: implications for regional food and fuel production Rapid changes in Policies, economics, and societal demand are altering the composition and configuration of agricultural landscapes. Theoretical and empirical research suggests that changes … Continue reading

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