Invertebrates Laboratory


Photo: Charles MessingCharles Messing, Ph.D.

"By far the most diverse creatures in the sea are the invertebrates, the animals without backbones. Many species are not yet discovered or described. The work of this laboratory focuses on expanding our knowledge of these extraordinary organisms, both in the fossil record and in the ocean today to help us understand how marine ecosystems work. You cannot understand ecology or biodiversity unless you know what's there."

Research Focus

Scientific classification, evolutionary relationships, and ecology of marine invertebrates.

Research Activities

Contact Information

Charles Messing, Ph.D.
COE Room #241
(954) 262-3658