A call to insect scientists: Challenges and opportunities of managing insect communities under climate change

Current Opinion in Insect Science
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Abstract

As climate change moves insect systems into uncharted territory, more knowledge about insect dynamics and the factors that drive them could enable us to better manage and conserve insect communities. Climate change may also require us revisit insect management goals and strategies and lead to a new kind of scientific engagement in management decision-making. Here we make five key points about the role of insect science in aiding and crafting management decisions, and we illustrate those points with the monarch butterfly and the Karner blue butterfly, two species undergoing considerable change and facing new management dilemmas. Insect biology has a strong history of engagement in applied problems, and as the impacts of climate change increase, a reimagined ethic of entomology in service of broader society may emerge. We hope to motivate insect biologists to contribute time and effort toward solving the challenges of climate change.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A call to insect scientists: Challenges and opportunities of managing insect communities under climate change
Series title Current Opinion in Insect Science
DOI 10.1016/j.cois.2016.08.005
Volume 17
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Publisher location Amsterdam
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 92
Last page 97
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N