Invertebrate division

Dispersal and diversification in freshwater environments

Animals that inhabit freshwaters must deal with the unique challenges of living in such environments.

Report your invasive crab sightings

We are asking the public to report sightings of the more established Chinese mitten crab and new invader the Asian shore crab.

Fyke net trials

Recommending fyke nets to reduce numbers of invasive mitten crabs in the River Thames, while assisting in the conservation of eels.

Deep-sea systematics and ecology research group

We are interested in the origins, adaptive radiation, classification, biodiversity and ecological interactions of deep-sea animals.

Origins of marine biodiversity

We are studying the phylogeny of the gastropod superfamily Trochoidea in order to understand the origin of marine biodiversity in tropical oceans.

Emerging diseases

Many diseases of wild and farmed animals are emerging due to climate change, habitat degradation and associated biotic responses.

Comparative venomics research

We are using cutting-edge technology and methods to examine the toxins produced by relatively neglected venomous taxa.

Colour and vision in marine invertebrates

The evolutionary history of colour and vision has been closely intertwined over the last 500 million years, leading to a dazzling diversity of colours and visual systems in marine invertebrates. 


We are testing the feasibility of eliminating soil-transmitted helminths and developing cost-effective methods for elimination programmes. 

Parasitic genomics

We are characterising parasitic genomes and using the data for evolutionary developmental biology, phylogenomics and targeted drug design.

Copepod colonisation and parasitism

We are describing and documenting patterns of copepod species to determine how their diversity evolves.

Schistosomiasis research group

Our groundbreaking research is aimed at understanding and controlling this neglected tropical disease.

Invertebrate (non-insect) collections

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