The unseen heroes of land and water

Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Torrington Square,
United Kingdom

The unseen heroes of land and water - an overview of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates

aquatic invertebrates

Speaker: Michael Holland, Head of Education, Chelsea Physic Garden

Friday 11th October 2013, 18.30 - 20.00

Lecture theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.

Invertebrates are 95% of the world’s animal species and range from microscopic pond and soil dwellers to legendary ‘monsters’ of the sea. This illustrated talk tells the stories of a variety of amazing invertebrates found close to home and further afield. The characters in Michael’s talk all play important roles in the natural world, with some being hated by millions and others we can’t live without, those that have amazing strategies of survival, and those that have inspired art, technology and fiction. They are all ‘heroes’ in the evolutionary sense and they have truly superpowers out of reach of mere vertebrates.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not required.

INVERTEBRATES AND US – the good the bad and the ugly

Free Lecture Series, Birkbeck, Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, supported by the Linnean Society of London

Invertebrates provide us with “ecological services” that many take for granted: they pollinate many of our crops, turn waste materials into fertile soil, provide food for birds and other animals, and assist us to control pests. But some invertebrates pose problems: they may themselves be pests in agriculture, or parasites on us. Invertebrates are easily ignored. This lecture series outlines the vital roles that invertebrates play in our lives.

Image: Shutterstock © Ron Hainer

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