Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

Wrasses are way cool because…

January 4, 2015, 1:00pm
Holly Kindsvater

Come learn about how wrasses and their cousins the parrotfishes use tactics like sex change, female mate choice copying, male sneaking, and cooperation among dominant males in their quest to raise young.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Rocks

January 4, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
David Cook

Do you think rocks ROCK?! Come chat to our geology enthusiast David Cook about local and regional rocks.

Free for the public.

Members' Sneak Peek: Brewing Biodiversity Beer Tasting

January 15, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Get an exclusive tour of the museum looking at the plants that are used to make beer, talk to local brewers, and most importantly enjoy some samples!

Free with museum membership.

Campus Walk - Rocks

January 17, 2015, 10:15am - 12:15pm
David Cook

Join David Cook for a walk around campus to find out what type of bedrock Point Grey is made of. Discover where the rocks came from and how they were formed.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Biodiversity Lecture Series - Wade Davis

January 29, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
UBC Earth Sciences Building, Ross Beaty Lecture Theatre
Wade Davis

One of the greatest explorers of our generation, a real life Indiana Jones, will be giving our next Biodiversity Lecture. Wade is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer, and author. Come hear about Wade's adventurous life and research.

Midshipman fish are way cool because…

February 1, 2015, 1:00pm
Dr. Sigal Balshine

Join Dr. Sigal Balshine, a visiting professor from McMaster University for a fascinating fishy tale centred around the strange and wonderful singing toadfish.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Friends for Sharks

February 28, 2015, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Kathryn Hodgson & Nicholas Curzon

Join two Great White shark wildlife guides from England as they tell tales of shark encounters, awesome adventures and explain why we need to protect these majestic creatures.

By donation.

Ask an Expert about Fascinating BC Wildflowers

March 1, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Ron Long

British Columbia native plants are fascinating but identification can be frustrating for the budding naturalist. Ron Long can help with that. Bring close-up photos of wild plants that you have found and Ron will show you how to go about finding a name.

Free for the public.

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