Invertebrate ecology and monitoring

Invertebrates (insects, spiders and other animals without backbones) are the ecosystem engineers of the world: Ecosure can assist clients with invertebrate survey, monitoring and experimentation.

Photographer: Geoff Sinclair

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Ecosure scientists have considerable experience in invertebrate ecology and management, including ecosystem monitoring using a range of trapping and sampling techniques (pitfalls, sticky traps, light traps, baited traps, netting).

Somewhere around 97% of all animals on earth are invertebrates, and 75% are insects. They may cause us discomfort, and even kill us, but without them we would have no nutrient recycling, no soil formation, limited pollination of food crops, reduced processing of animal waste, and a less beautiful and interesting world.

Invertebrates, and especially insects, are good indicators of the condition and health of ecosystems as they respond rapidly to changes in the environment and have short generation times. Ecosure regularly uses invertebrates in aquatic ecosystem assessments, and similar approaches can be applied in terrestrial environments.

Ecosure has close connections to experts in key fields of invertebrate ecology and taxonomy, including CSIRO, the Queensland Museum and the Australian Museum.

  • invasive ants
  • insects as bio-indicators
  • insects and aerospace industry
  • invertebrate sampling and assessment
  • survey design and analysis
  • monitoring programs
  • biosecurity advice

To read more about our Ecology Services click here.

To read more about our Aquatic Ecology Services click here.