Beaty Blog

Birding with the Director

Posted: May 26, 2015

Written by Jackie Chambers, Education Manager at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

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!

Canadian Species at Risk Assessment Meeting Update

Posted: May 4, 2015

Written by Rick Taylor, Professor of Zoology, UBC and Chair of COSEWIC.

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.

From BRC to MarineGEO: Bringing the Biodiversity

Posted: April 15, 2015

Written by Ross Whippo, Graduate of BRC, UBC.

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.

The Cloud is not in the sky; it is in a basement holding our Big Data

Posted: March 26, 2015

Written by Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez, PhD Candidate, Botany, UBC.

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.

BBM Curator is first Canadian certified in Avian Wildlife Forensics

Posted: March 19, 2015

Written by Ildiko Szabo, Assistant Curator of Birds, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.

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.

The Biodiversity of Beer

Posted: February 18, 2015

Written by Saskia Wolsak, Ethnobotanical Educator, UBC.

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.

A tiny speck of an island packed with biodiversity!

Posted: February 6, 2015

Written by Rick Taylor, Professor of Zoology, UBC.

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.

Putting together the biodiversity puzzle

Posted: February 3, 2015

Written by Jenny McCune, former PhD student in the Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC.

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.

New Year, New Ideas and New Technologies

Posted: January 29, 2015

Written by Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez, PhD Candidate, Botany, UBC.

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.

A trip to the home of the “Queensland lungfish”

Posted: January 14, 2015

Written by Rick Taylor, Professor of Zoology, UBC.

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).

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