Delve into the underground world of soil biodiversity and how scientists are monitoring the microarthropods that most people don’t even know
Beneath our feet, soils are home to a diverse variety of invertebrates. These range from familiar animals (such as earthworms) to less familiar organisms (such as pauropods and two-pronged bristletails). Understanding which species are present (and which are absent) within a specific soil ecosystem can help us better understand the condition and health of soils. Frank will give an overview of the major soil biodiversity monitoring projects currently being undertaken in the UK and globally.
Dr Frank Ashwood is a soil ecologist working for Forest Research, specialising in soil fauna such as earthworms and microarthropods. His research studies the links between soil fauna and soil functions, and the environmental drivers of soil animal communities in the UK.
entoLIVE is delivered by the Biological Recording Company and sponsored by:
- British Entomological and Natural History Society
- Field Studies Council
- Royal Entomological Society