ROM Biodiversity

Biodiversity means life.  It includes every living thing, from mosquitoes to rhinoceros to giant redwoods. Biodiversity also refers to the complex interactions among living things: it is the interconnected web of living systems, ranging from microscopic life on a single leaf of a tree to the ecosystem of a rain forest to the ecology of an immense region to the entire Planet. They are all their own systems. And they are all interconnected

ROM Biodiversity is a leading resource for understanding and conserving our natural world.


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Category: Podcast
Dr. Mark Engstrom, Deputy Director of Collections & Research at the ROM, removes meat from the whale's carcass. | Image by Jacqueline Waters © Royal Ontario Museum

Dr. Mark Engstrom, Royal Ontario Museum

Dr Mark Engstrom is Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections & Research. He spent several weeks in May 2014 with fellow ROM Mammologist Burton Lim retrieving the carcass of a massive, endangered Blue Whale for ROM collections.  


Event was held on June 10, 2014

Category: Event
A large white swan lies on an operating table, while a blue-clad female veterinarian attends.

Have you ever wondered what to do when you come across a wild animal that is sick, injured, orphaned or in need of rescue? Come meet the people of Toronto Wildlife Centre: they're there to help.

Category: Event
Bee displayed in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

We all have a part to play in the care of our planet. Using the ROM’s galleries, learn how life is diverse, interrelated, and in crisis. Travel through ecosystems and study the interconnections of species and habitats. See what lessons we can learn about the first “Great Dying” as we enter our own phase of mass extinctions. Then see how your daily decisions can make a difference in the conservation of our environment.