Monthly Archive: December Biod
On Monday afternoon, on behalf of the ROM, Janet Carding was pleased to welcome The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources, for the announcement of Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature, the Ontario government’s new biodiversity plan.
Oceans. Canada borders three of them – we have more coastline than any country in the world, some 200,000km. Canadian scientists study all of them – from south-east Asia to the Cape of Good Hope to our own watery borders. The ROM’s own curator Dr. Claire Healy has discovered whole orders of ocean animals, and continues to break new ground (or water) every day. Other Canadian scientists like Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Science) and Dr.
Dr. Chris Darling brings out some cool insects. As well, from Out of the Vaults: the Bronze Beetles of George Foster will be on display.
By Oliver Haddrath, Ornithology Technician
DNA testing over the last 30 years has revolutionized many different fields ranging from health care to law enforcement to the study of human civilization and natural history. The ROM was quick to adopt techniques such as DNA sequencing and genetic fingerprinting as powerful tools to help study its collections.
Submitted by Alexander Muth, winner of the Find the Baby Bison Contest
We’re back. We all had a great trip out west. It’s hard to pick out highlights, as it all seems like highlights to me.
I’ve just come back from Grasslands National Park with the Grand Prize Winner of the Find the Baby Bison contest, Alexander Muth. I’m the lucky ROM employee chosen to accompany him and his family on the trip (actually no luck involved at all, it was an arm wrestling competition and I’m stronger than I look).
By Alexander Muth, winner of the Find the Baby Bison Contest
Hello, I’m Claire Healy, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology here at the ROM. It’s almost that time again – Curator’s Corner is gearing up to bring you another opportunity to meet a curator (me!) and learn a bit more about the animals here at the museum, and the delightful organisms that I study.
Submitted by David Baxter
As student staff in the ROM Botany Section, my summer work has mostly involved sitting in a basement office updating the plant specimen database, and occasionally working with the herbarium specimens themselves. This last week, however, I’ve been in Montana and Washington searching for Crataegus (hawthorn) trees. Quite a change of pace!
Hello, this is Stacey Kerr, an Environmental Visual Communication student at the ROM. “Curator’s Corner: Project Guyana” was a huge success this past weekend, showcasing some of the work done by ROM curators on the biodiversity of Guyana. It also afforded us a quick update from Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammals, and my classmate Joshua See, who are currently down in Guyana for the month conducting bat diversity surveys (for more info, see Josh’s last blog post)