Analysis of invasive insects: Links to climate change

Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Luigi Ponti

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Climate change is expected to alter the geographic distribution and abundance of many species, to increase the invasion of new areas by exotic species and, in some cases, to lead to species extinction. Th is chapter reviews some of the links between invasive insects and climate change. Th e effects of climate change on insect pest populations can be direct, through impacts on their physiology and behaviour, or indirect, through biotic interactions (i.e. bottom-up and top-down effects). Anthropogenic climate and global change is expected to be a major driver in the introduction, establishment, distribution, impact and changes in the efficacy of mitigation strategies for invasive species. To address these problems, we must be able to predict climate change impacts on species distribution and abundance. Commonly used ecological niche model ling approaches have implicit assumptions about the biology of the target species and attempt to characterize the ecological niche using aggregate weather and other factors in the area of recorded distribution. More holistic physiologically based demographic modelling approaches explicitly describe the biological and physio logical responses of species to weather and the species they interact with on fine temporal and spatial scales. Th e geographic distribution and relative abundance of four invasive insect pests are reviewed under observed and +2°C weather scenarios across the USA and Mexico: the tropical New World screwworm, the pink bollworm, the Mediterranean fruit fly (i.e. medfly) and the olive fly. Th e distribution of the olive fly is examined across the Mediterranean basin to illustrate the transferability of the model to analyses of new regions and climate change scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvasive Species and Global Climate Change
PublisherCABI International
ISBN (Print)9781780641645
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)

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Gutierrez, A. P., & Ponti, L. (2014). Analysis of invasive insects: Links to climate change. In Invasive Species and Global Climate Change CABI International.