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.
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).