Population Dynamics of Forest Insects

  • Alan A. Berryman
Part of the Population Ecology: Theory and Application book series (POPE)


Insects do not normally cause serious damage to forests unless their numbers increase, for some reason or another, to very high densities. The area of ecology that deals with changes in the density of organisms over time and that attempts to explain the causes of these changes is known as population dynamics. This chapter explores the concepts of population dynamics as they relate to forest insects, in order to better understand the causes of forest pest outbreaks. This basic understanding is essential for both forest managers and insect pest managers, for without it they will often find themselves groping in the dark for solutions to their pest problems and may even make decisions that compound rather than solve the problems.


Natural Enemy Bark Beetle Population Cycle Basic Environment Beetle Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan A. Berryman
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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