Monthly Archive: December Biod
My name is Christine Black, and I'm a grade 12 student at St. Clement's high school in Toronto. Thanks to Oliver and Kristen, I now love DNA.
Viewer discretion advised. Images depict a Komodo Dragon being dissected as it is prepared for the ROM's collections. Some images may be shocking.
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).