Robert F. Denno (1945-2008): insect ecologist extraordinaire.
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Robert F. Denno was widely recognized as one of the leading insect ecologists in the world. He made major contributions to the study of plant-insect interactions, dispersal, interspecific competition, predator-prey interactions, and food web dynamics. He was especially well known for his detailed and comprehensive study of the arthropods that inhabit salt marshes. Denno promoted a research approach that included detailed knowledge of the natural history of the study system, meticulous experiments that often pushed logistical possibilities, and a focus on important ecological questions of the day. He was an enthusiastic collaborator and excellent mentor who invested incredible amounts of time and energy in the training and placement of graduate students and postdoctoral associates. As a result, Denno's legacy will continue to shape the field of insect ecology for generations to come.