BIOS2031 – Biology of Invertebrates

Biology of Invertebrates examines the diversity of invertebrate animals, emphasising their evolution, morphology, behaviour, and ecology in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.  We study the conservation of invertebrates and focus on the many ways in which these animals interact with our lives in both positive (e.g. source of food and new technologies) and negative (e.g., impacts on human health).

Term 3

Study level: Undergraduate.

6 units of credit

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Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Prof Alistair Poore and Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth

What does this course cover?

  • Diversity, structure, feeding, reproduction and development in the major invertebrate groups.
  • The application of invertebrate biology to applied problems (incl. conservation, pollution, invasive species, human health)
  • Biodiversity survey techniques

Where does this course fit into my degree?

BIOS2031 is a second year course that assumes knowledge from BIOS1101 Evolutionary & Functional Biology. The course provides fundamental knowledge on the biology of invertebrate animals that will be very useful for many of the second and third year subjects in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. For example, invertebrates will feature repeatedly in subjects such as MSCI2001 - Introductory Marine Science, BIOS2011 - Evolutionary & Physiological Ecology, BIOS3081 - Ocean to Estuarine Ecosystems, BIOS3171 - Evolution, BIOS3091 - Marine and Aquatic Ecology and BIOS3601 - Advanced Field Biology.

Is there assumed prior knowledge or a co-requisite?

BIOS1101 is a pre-requisite for this course.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

A compulsory field trip will run for two days in the middle of the session (location to be announced). We will sample marine and terrestrial environments and gain skills in biodiversity survey techniques and invertebrate identification. There are no costs associated with the trip.

Is there anything else I should know?

Enrolment in this course may be subject to quota restrictions. Such restrictions will only apply to students taking this course as an elective. 

I took this course a while ago, and need proof of what was covered.

2016 course outline

2015 course outline

NB: All information provided on this page is superseded by information provided by the course coordinator or lecturer(s).