The small things that rule the world: Conserving the world's invertebrates

12 February 2013 16:00 - 16:00

Location: Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK.

Event description

Invertebrates - or what we often refer to as creepy crawlies - are all around us. Depending on the species in question, they are loved and feared in more or less equal measures. Invertebrates are essential to the functioning of our planet, yet projections are that a large proportion of species will decline, many to extinction, over the next few decades. Providers of food, clean water, and medicine, invertebrates exhibit a huge variety of biological features. As we continue to erode our natural capital, we focus on what the likely impacts of a declining invertebrate fauna will be for humans. Effective communication of their importance is often difficult in the face of more 'high-profile' stories involving large, charismatic species of bird or mammal. This event puts into the spotlight the sheer diversity of invertebrates, and their importance to our daily lives. How are invertebrates faring in the current extinction crisis - and what are we set to lose if trends continue?


  • Sarina Jepsen - Endangered Species Program Director, Xerces Society
  • Mary Seddon - Chair of the IUCN SSC Mollusc Specialist Group, IUCN
  • Monika Böhm - Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Zoology

This meeting will be chaired by Ben Collen, Institute of Zoology

Organisation details

This event was not organised by the AES. Please contact the event organiser if you have any queries.

Event organiser: Zoological Society of London

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