About this series
Insects are fundamentally important in the ecology of terrestrial habitats. What is more, they affect diverse human activities, notably agriculture, as well as human health and wellbeing. Meanwhile, much of modern biology has been developed using insects as subjects of study.
To reflect this, our aim with Entomology in Focus is to offer a range of titles that either capture different aspects of the diverse biology of insects or their management, or that offer updates and reviews of particular species or taxonomic groups that are important for agriculture, the environment or public health.The series results from an agreement between Springer and the Entomological Society of Brazil (SEB) and as such may lean towards tropical entomology. The aim throughout is to provide reference texts that are simple in their conception and organization but that offer up-to-date syntheses of the respective areas, offer suggestions of future directions for research (and for management where relevant) and that don’t shy away from offering considered opinions.
Series Editor Sam Elliot is Associate Professor in Entomology at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil), also coordinates the Postgraduate Programme in Entomology currently rated maximally by the relevant authority in Brazil (CAPES) and is Associate Editor at Ecology and Evolution. He works on diverse aspects of insect-microbe interactions, with emphases on leafcutter ants, noctuid caterpillars, triatomine bugs, entomopathogenic fungi and microbial control of pests.
Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire (UK). His particular interest is in social insects but he has written and broadcasted on a broad range of biological subjects. He presents documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC4 and BBC2, as well as the weekly BBC radio programme Science in Action.
Eugenio Oliveira is Assistant Professor in Entomology at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil), and scholar researcher of the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technologic Development (CNPq) . He has also working as Associate Editor at the journals Neotropical Entomology and Invertebrate Neuroscience. He works principally on insect neurophysiology, applying this in particular to entomological/agricultural questions.
Ken Wilson is Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Lancaster University (UK), and is Executive Editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology. He is particularly interested in host-parasite interactions and investigates these in invertebrate and vertebrate hosts. Noctuid caterpillars, especially armyworms, have been one of his main model systems and he is currently working on their ecology and biocontrol in Africa.