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Introduction to Entomology

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Introduction to Entomology

Fall, 2015

BIOL 318/418

  Lectures: T & Th, 1:15PM-2:30PM; classroom C, Natural History Museum

Lab/Discussion: Friday, 2:00PM-4:50PM; 29 A.W. Smith Hall or the CMNH

Instructor: Gavin Svenson, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History,


Insects are the largest most diverse group of animals to evolve on earth with far more individuals alive than humans and more species than all other groups combined. This course will cover three focal areas of insect biology including evolutionary relationships, natural history, and structure/function (i.e., anatomy & physiology). An introduction to the diversity of insects through their evolutionary relationships and classification system will prepare you to assemble an insect collection. Fieldwork (day and night) will cover standard methods of field sampling, specimen preservation, and identification. Trips to the CWRU Farm and CMNH Natural Areas will expose you to local habitats that harbor a broad diversity of insect life, both terrestrial and aquatic. The second component of the course will focus on insect morphology, but not be limited to simple structural information. This course will introduce you to the insects’ major structural systems and discuss their underlying biological functions. For example, systems covered will include the exoskeleton, digestive system, circulatory system, and respiratory system. Insect biology, natural history and amazing insect adaptations (like flight behavior) will be discussed throughout the course. You will not only become familiar with basic insect biology, but will understand the origins of insects and how they became the most abundant form of life.


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