Biology Public Lecture Series

22nd Nov 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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What invertebrates can do for us – Dr Anne Oxbrough

Invertebrates are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, representing over 95% of all known animal species. They are found on all biomes across the globe, from the arctic to tropics and display a diverse array of ecological adaptations, life history strategies and morphologies. Invertebrates are vital to the healthy functioning of ecosystems, supporting processes such as nutrient cycling and pollination, as well as holding strategic positions in food webs as both predators and prey. From a human perspective they provide a range of ecosystem services important for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, as well as being fascinating organisms to study in their own right. This talk will explore the diversity of invertebrates with a focus on their role in providing ecosystem services to sustain human populations now, and in to the future, and, how these roles might be affected by changes in climate and the environment.

Anne is an Ecological Scientist and Senior Lecturer who joined the Biology Department in 2012. Prior to this she spent 12 years as a researcher examining terrestrial invertebrate diversity in Ireland, Canada and Ecuador. Anne completed her PhD at University College Cork, Ireland in 2006, where she investigated the potential of plantation forests to support a diverse ground-dwelling spider fauna. Since then she has continued to work in plantations but has also examined spiders, beetles and moths in agricultural habitats, as well as natural woodlands in temperate and boreal zones. Anne’s general research interests include terrestrial ecology, and the sustainable management of ecosystems, with a focus on arachnology and entomology. In 2015 she became a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. She is currently organiser of the Forest insects and their Allies special interest group for the society and Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations Division on Forest biodiversity and resilience.

Arrival is from 17:00 with food and refreshments in the Biosciences Foyer with the public lecture at 17:30 in B001, Business School. For more information please email

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