Posted: February 18, 2015
Beer is, perhaps, the oldest fermented beverage known to humankind; and after water and tea, it is the third most popular beverage in the world. These days beer is made from a few key ingredients: water, barley, yeast, and hops. Yet it wasn’t always so.
Posted: February 6, 2015
A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Lady Elliot Island at the extreme southern end of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) about 80 km off the Queensland, Australia, coast. Lady Elliot Island is a coral “cay island”; a small, low elevation, sand island on top of a coral reef.
Posted: February 3, 2015
I became an ecologist for the love of being out in leafy forests and wide mountain vistas. I was never thrilled by the idea of staring into a microscope for hours on end. But it’s amazing what a scientist will do to fill in just one little piece of the biodiversity puzzle.
Posted: January 29, 2015
I spent a week in San Diego, not for fun but to give a talk in a science conference; a great experience! During grad school we usually attend 1 or 2 conferences per year. These are great venues to meet peers working in similar issues, gather new ideas, get updates on our field and even get inspired.
Posted: January 14, 2015
Even though all living lungfishes now exist only on continents in the Southern Hemisphere, they used to be found (millions of years ago) on all continents and proliferated during the Devonian Period or the so-called “Age of Fishes” (~400 million years ago).
Posted: January 7, 2015
While many of us spend a lot of time walking around campus on our way to class, work or otherwise, how many of us truly stop and appreciate the rich natural history which populates our campus?
Posted: December 16, 2014
As we enter this winter holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on the role of biodiversity in our lives, and specifically the role that biodiversity plays in the holiday traditions we all cherish.
Posted: December 5, 2014
Last week I gave a talk at PechaKucha Night Vancouver, a public mini-symposium of fast-paced talks which happens every few months. The talks are usually about art, design, and social projects, in which case why was I, a biologist, talking there? Well, watch to find out
Posted: December 2, 2014
String, rope, twine, cordage – what’s the big deal? String is one of the most important, yet under-acknowledged, of all of human technology – and for the vast majority of our history, it was made from plant and animal fibres.
Posted: November 27, 2014
Why do I care about genes, adaptation and poplar trees? What makes me excited about this research topic? Read on my friend and find out (and maybe you will care too).