Tag Archive | Invertebrates

Human Impact on the Invertebrate Diversity in the Grasslands of the Morgan Arboretum

Invertebrates and Human Impact What would happen if invertebrates disappeared? It is a question one might have never pondered, for invertebrates by their small size and unpopular status, are often ignored. In short, it would be catastrophic. Invertebrates provide many essential ecosystem services and impact us in many ways. Ecosystem services are defined as the […]

Invertebrate Abundance and Diversity in Ponds

Invertebrate Abundance and Diversity in Ponds

Invertebrates are a diverse group of cold-blooded organisms that do not have or develop a backbone at any stage of their lives (Buchsbaum, Milne, 1960). They are so diverse in their structure, physiology, habitat, and behavior that they constitute approximately 95% of the total identified animal species on earth. With over 30 phyla, they are […]

Saproxylic Invertebrate Diversity in Decaying Ash Trees Vs. The Stage of Decay

Saproxylic Invertebrate Diversity in Decaying Ash Trees Vs. The Stage of Decay

Trees decay at very slow rates over the space of decades and constitute as much as 10-25% of the above ground biomass in forests (Ulyshen, 2014). Dead wood is a significant factor in nutrient cycling and is a host to many organisms, from unicellular microorganisms to complex invertebrates (Franklin et al., 1997). Organisms that depend […]

Leaf Litter Invertebrates of the Morgan Arboretum

Leaf Litter Invertebrates of the Morgan Arboretum

Invertebrates, while small, play an integral role in our ecosystem in the St. Lawrence Lowlands. In leaf litter, they aid greatly in the decomposition of organic matter, as cited by Vasconcelos and Laurance in their article on soil fauna (2005). Invertebrates are animals that lack a backbone, but this is where most of the obvious […]

Fungi and Invertebrates of the Morgan Arboretum

Fungi and Invertebrates of the Morgan Arboretum

Background Fungi are incredibly diverse and provide irreplaceable services for the ecosystem and for us. They range from single-celled yeasts to vast networks of hyphae, the filamentous strands that make up fungi (Waggoner and Speer, 1998). Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of many fungi; they produce and release spores as a method of reproduction. The […]

Bark Bugs:  Saproxylic Invertebrates in the Morgan Arboretum

Bark Bugs: Saproxylic Invertebrates in the Morgan Arboretum

Invertebrates are a broad category of animals characterized by the lack of a backbone. Surprisingly and most often unknown is the fact that invertebrates amount to a staggering 95%-99% of all animal species (Encyclopedia of Science, 2002). This assorted group includes insects, spiders, crustaceans, and mollusks, all of which are also ectothermic (cold-blooded). Such a […]

Studying the diversity and ecological importance of aquatic macroinvertebrates

Studying the diversity and ecological importance of aquatic macroinvertebrates

When one looks out on the St. Lawrence waterway, they normally see large container ships passing by. However, the traffic below the surface is far greater, as it is teeming with life. Although they constitute a large part of this underwater community, aquatic macroinvertebrates are often overlooked. Despite this, they represent a key link between […]