Exploring the Microwilderness
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Delivered at 2008 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
The Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership are collaborating to conduct an All-Taxa biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) of Boston Harbor Islands. In its first phase, the project focuses on the "microwilderness" of the islands, namely, insects and other arthropods. This extremely diverse group of animals is easily sampled, yet often overlooked.
Primary objectives of the first phase of this ATBI are to:
Did You Know?
Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.