The decline of Invertebrate Zoology

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Thu Apr 1 07:58:54 CST 2004

Robin Leech

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Kinman" <kinman2 at YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 9:57 PM
Subject: Re: The decline of Invertebrate Zoology

> Fred wrote:
> * I hadn't heard that there was much difference between marine biology and
invertebrate zoology.
> ********************************************************
>      Well, I assume there is a big difference in the amount of research
funding available.  Since humans are vertebrates, there is definitely a
skewed interest in other vertebrates no matter what habitat one may be
looking at.  I would imagine that marine vertebrates (whales, dolphins,
marine Carnivora, seabirds, sharks, and fish in general) have always gotten
an inordinate amount of attention compared to marine invertebrates.
>      But if Texas A & M wants to cut the number of hours required (in
order to save money), I would think they should cut back on non-biological
electives (NOT Invertebrate Zoology).  The fact that even the students are
complaining should make this a "no-brainer".  If you must cut hours, cut
something else beside an important biology course.  What were they thinking?
>              ----- Ken

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