Ecological Monitoring and Conservation of Tropical Insect Biodiversity

Presented by Insects are not only the most diverse organismal group on earth, they are also among the most sensitive organisms that act as barometers of environmental change and associated ecological dynamics. They can shed light on evolutionary processes, ecological dynamics and global and ecosystem-level conservation issues like few other groups. Yet, we know relatively little about them especially in tropical areas where they are most important for ecosystem functioning as well as human welfare. This workshop will highlight the role of studies on insects in bringing to prominence important ecological and conservation themes. Note: This is an open session with no cap on the number of participants. Main aims and goal:This workshop will discuss ways in which insect populations and diversity may be monitored in tropical areas, and how these studies may instruct us on ecological processes and conservation policy. It will especially focus on butterflies, cicadas and dragonflies as flagship insect groups, and discuss interesting aspects of their biology and conservation issues, as follows: (1) biogeography and speciation, (2) population biology and phenology, (3) endosybionts, co-evolution and their impact on adaptation and life history, (4) utility as indicators of climate change and ecological change, and (5) means to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem functions in sensitive tropical areas. Target audience:A broad spectrum of students at various stages, young professionals and amateurs. Workshop organiser:Krushnamegh Kunte