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Anacortes Senior College

Some Memorable Forest Insects

with Robert Gara


First, we will be introduced to the insects and learn how to identify four insect orders. We will see how insect anatomy is unique and how it has evolved to fit the ecological roles they play, e.g., as herbivores, parasitoides, predators, etc. We will also discover how forest insects produce severe changes to our forests and we’ll be introduced to specific species that change forest ecosystems. During our discussions on specific forest insects we’ll understand how they drastically affect forest management objects and explore ways to manage pest outbreaks. Of all known types of animals on our planet, 75% are insects—over a million species! In this class, we will learn how to recognize four insect orders, the forms and functions of insect anatomy, and the beneficial roles they play as pollinators, predators and parasitoids. We will also discover how insects interact and compete with us for food and fiber as well as how they degrade our health and our standard of living.

Instructor: Robert Gara, Ph.D. [Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Washington] Dr. Gara earned a BS in Forest Management at Utah State University. During summers of 1951–53 he worked as a smokejumper in Idaho. After four years in the U.S. Air Force, he worked in East Texas as a forest manager. His M.S.and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology are from Oregon State University. He directed a research lab for the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Texas, taught forest entomology at the State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, Venezuela & Ecuador, and, in 1968, came to the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington. He retired to Anacortes in 2006.

  • Apr 12th, 2018
    Thu for 6 weeks from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

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