Posted: August 24, 2015
This week, I completed a 4-month curatorial apprenticeship job-shadowing the Cowan Tetrapod Collection (CTC) Curatorial Assistant, Ildiko Szabo. I learned all aspects of tetrapod museum curation from preparing bird and mammal specimens, accessioning, to helping to install the new bird exhibit.
Posted: July 28, 2015
Rockfishes are spiny-rayed fishes within the genera Sebastes. There are about 108 species worldwide. Ben Frable, of Oregon State University, and colleagues recently described a new species of rockfish, the deacon rockfish (Sebastes diaconus).
Posted: June 11, 2015
As a PhD student in mycology at the Department of Botany at UBC, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to expand my knowledge of fungal diversity.
Posted: May 26, 2015
On Saturday, May 16 a group of 12 enthusiastic birders took part in a record breaking Campus Walk – lead by Darren Irwin the team spotted almost 30 species on their walk – a new record for our museum walking series!
Posted: May 4, 2015
Canada’s Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) just completed its 53rd species assessment meeting in Wendake, Québec (April 27-May 1). Here, we assessed the conservation status of 20 wildlife species as required under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
Posted: April 15, 2015
It seems fitting that after my time spent at the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) as a graduate student of Zoology, I should find myself immersed in a new project whose primary aim is to quantify and explore biodiversity in nearshore marine habitats.
Posted: March 26, 2015
When I think about The Cloud, I tend to imagine blue skies and white fluffy shapes. However, this Cloud doesn’t look anything like that. It actually looks like a black long block and it is usually found in dark basements.
Posted: March 19, 2015
Ildiko Szabo, Assistant Curator of Birds in the Cowan Tetrapod Collection was recently certified as a Forensic Scientist by the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS). Ildiko is the second person in the world that SWFS has certified as an Avian Forensic Morphologist and the first Canadian.
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.