Monthly Archive: December Biod

Hopping Their Way to Your Heart

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 15:06 , by Stacey Kerr
a toad sits patiently in the hand of a naturalist who holds it out for a young person to explore

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Lian Jong

Lian sat down with ROM Herpetology technician Amy Lathrop to get some insight into the museum's vast Natural History collections, in particular, its reptiles and amphibians.

Blue Whale Update: A Whole Lotta Heart

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 19:22 , by Stacey Kerr
Jacqueline Miller, Robert Henry and Paul Nader putting plugs in the major vessels of the blue whale heart. Photo by Samantha Phillips

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Samantha Phillips


ROM in the Field: Bats, Barcoding, and a Baby

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 16:15 , by Stacey Kerr
A tube-nosed bat (Murina cyclotis) in flight. Photo by Vincent Luk

ROM Biodiversity (@ROMBiodiversity) is in the fields and forests of Sri Lanka for an intense four weeks doing the first comprehensive survey of bats and other small mammals in close to 80 years. Follow the South Asian adventure on social media with #ROMSriLanka, and join Burton Lim and the Team LIVE from the field on September 10 at noon:  

#ROMSriLanka Kicks off Month-long Expedition

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 12:47 , by Stacey Kerr
photo of a an elephant standing in a wetland in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka with jungle and a mountain in the background

Guest blog written by #ROMSriLanka Communication team member Deirdre Leowinata

The ROM’s own Assistant Curator of Mammalogy, Burton Lim, along with his ROM Biodiversity team, are traversing the planet’s surface to reach the small and mysterious country of Sri Lanka between August and September for one purpose and one purpose only… to study the island's small mammals.

When the BioBlitz Turns into a Treasure Hunt

Posted: August 14, 2015 - 14:10 , by Stacey Kerr
Children listen to a guided blitz leader explain some interesting facts about plants and amphibians.

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Anne-Sophie Blanc

The Bioblitz experience is educatiional and fun, but for kids it's even more than that, it's a real treasure hunt!

BioBlitz Bits: The Bat Pack at Baker's Woods

Posted: August 7, 2015 - 11:20 , by Stacey Kerr
Burton Lim untangles a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) from a mist net during the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz. Photo by Samantha Phillips

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Kendra Marjerrison

EVC student Kendra revisits the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz to share a newfound appreciation for bats after spending an evening with ROM scientist Burton Lim during his guided blitz bat hike

"Pseudo-Nature" and Photographic Integrity

Posted: August 3, 2015 - 17:11 , by Stacey Kerr
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A gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) sits on a tree branch at night. Photo by Sean de Francia

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Sean de Francia

A look into the ever-changing world of wildlife photography - would you stage a photo to get that perfect shot? What are the consequences of manipulating a scene with wild photo subjects?

Our Darling Dermestids - A Visit to the ROM's Bug Room

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 22:22 , by Stacey Kerr
A photo of the sign posted outside the door of the ROM's dermestid beetle colony quotes Dante's Inferno, "Abandon all hope ye who enter here"

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Robert Elliot

How does the Royal Ontario Museum get their Skeletons so clean without compromising their integrity? A well-kept colony of hide beetles cleans every crevice of the various cadavers in the ROM’s bug room with incredible efficiency. A steel walled, dark humid room filled with corpses; a veritable beetle heaven is home to these hard working bugs. Follow EVC student ROM into their domain to get a unique perspective on the ROM.

Antonia and Deb’s top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 15:16 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Bioblitz 2015. Ontario Science Centre Species Depot. Photo by Krystal Seedia

Top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes from Antonia and Deb

BioBlitz Bits - Elusive At-Risk Birds

Posted: June 11, 2015 - 19:20 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM scientist Kevin Seymour looks at a map with the bird team at the 2012 Ontario BioBlitz in Rouge park, deciding where the team will survey

Blog by ROM Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology Kevin Seymour

This is the fourth installment of our "BioBlitz Bits" Series - ROM scientists share their favourite stories from past Ontario BioBlitz events