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

Jessica J. Hellmann, Ralph Grundel, Chris Hoving, Gregor W. Schuurman

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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 to 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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