The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity

Invertebrates—while understudied and under-sampled—comprise over 90% of animal life on Earth. They are an exceedingly heterogenous ‘group,’ from parasitic worms to lobsters. This module covers the numerous diverse values invertebrates have for humans and ecosystems in general, as well as the threats they face. Invertebrate conservation also has several unique challenges, including taxonomic impediments, lack of species-level information (vs. community level), and lack of concern/public interest derived from a “poverty of riches.” Case study and critical thinking textboxes enhance the model and provide opportunities for further discussion.

See also:
Why is Biodiversity Important?
Agriculture and Biodiversity

Theme: Understanding Biodiversity

Language: English

Region: Global

Keywords: agriculture, biodiversity, economics, ecosystem services, values

Components: 9

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Synthesis: The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity

Author: E. Nichols, S. Spector

   

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Exercise: How Can Habitat Affect Biodiversity? A Field Experiment with Aquatic Communities

Author: J.S. Schilling

   

This exercise asks students to design an experiment to evaluate the affects of habitat complexity on aquatic macro-invertebrate communities.

Exercise: Invertebrates: Ecological and Conservation Importance

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Author: S. Spector, E. Nichols, K. Beucke

   

This exercise explores the economic importance of pollinating invertebrates in agricultural systems. Students assess the influence of different surrounding landscapes on bee communities on a Costa Rican coffee plantation.

Exercise: The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity: Perception Survey Assignment

Author: E. Nichols, S. Spector

   

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Presentation: The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity

Author: E. Nichols, S. Spector

Teaching Notes: The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity

Author: E. Nichols, S. Spector

Solutions: How Can Habitat Affect Biodiversity? A Field Experiment with Aquatic Communities

Author: J.S. Schilling

Solutions: Invertebrates: Ecological and Conservation Importance

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Author: S. Spector, E. Nichols, K. Beucke

Solutions: The Importance of Invertebrate Biodiversity: Perception Survey Assignment

Author: E. Nichols, S. Spector


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