Insects and Society: Sex, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

The course explores the rolls that insects play in human history, food security, culture, science, literature, and medicine. Topics will cross disciplinary covering fields of natural science, physics, Information technology, mathematics, music, athletics, anatomy, diseases, agriculture, forestry, and more. Students will learn the importance of insects for human wellbeing and to acknowledge the role that insects play in our everyday lives. The course consists of lecture, discussions, readings, hands-on activities, and potential field trips.

Richard Hofstetter:

Richard Hofstetter (PhD) works as an associate professor of forest entomology at the Northern Arizona University (the USA) where he has worked since 2005. His research interests are focused on community ecology, population dynamics, tritrophic interactions, symbioses and insect acoustics. Currently, Dr. Hofstetter’s and his colleagues’ research involves understanding the response of insects to forest management through thinning and wildfire in pine forests, effects of tree characteristics and resin defense against insects, the role of bark beetles in influencing the structure and evolution of pine forest ecosystems, improving insect attractants, the effects of thinning piles on forest insect communities, interactions among fungi, mites and bark beetles across multiple bark beetle communities, and the evolution and ecology of acoustic communication in bark beetles.