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).
Posted: November 20, 2014
I am a sculptor, fabricator and observer who grew up exploring forests, stories and history, which has grown into an affection for the slower creation of quality objects and art. I believe that in this age of production, consumption and detritus such creative practice is both a pleasure and a necessary expression of activism.
Posted: November 11, 2014
The rain held off long enough for us to enjoy a fascinating native plant walk around campus. We discovered that many native plants can be found in our own backyard as we shared our morning learning about taxonomy, ecology and the traditional uses of a number of local species.
Posted: November 7, 2014
I am spending a good part of my sabbatical year in Brisbane, Australia – capital of Queensland. One thing that I am doing here is fleshing out the outline of a book on notable rivers of North America (a kinda’ mix of biology, geography, and societal aspects of our relationships with rivers).