Assistant Curator of Mammalogy
Area: Natural History, Biodiversity
Interests: Bats, Biodiversity, Biogeography, Community Ecology, Evolution, Mammalogy
Exhibitions & Galleries: Bat Cave, LIfe in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity
Phone: 416.586.5771Follow @burtonlim
B.Sc., Zoology, University of Toronto, 1980-1984
M.Sc., Biology, York University, 1994-1996
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 1999-2007
Certificate in Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T, 2012-2013
Burton Lim is Assistant Curator of Mammalogy in the Department of Natural History at the
Born, raised and educated in
His dissertation examined the molecular phylogenetics of New World sheath-tailed bats (Family Emballonuridae), their origin, divergence times, biogeography in Central and
He uses information gathered from faunal surveys in the Guiana Shield (primarily
Dr. Lim is also participating in the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project to create a genetic reference system for species identification and discovery of mammals. And he couldn’t pass up the once-in-a-life-time chance to skin a blue whale, the largest animal to ever live on earth, when 1 of 9 that had accidentally died during a year of exceptional ice formation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence washed ashore beside the boardwalk of
- Munk School Fellowship in Global Journalism
- The ROM's Very Own Batman Returns
- BioBlitz Bits: The Bat Pack at Baker's Woods
- Dr. Burton Lim's Yellow Shouldered Bat
- Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle: Echo-locating mysterious worlds
- Lim, B.K. 2013. The consummate collector from Guyana. ROM Recollects
- Lim, B.K. 2007. Taxa - Mammals. Biotic Surveys and Inventories of Southern China. University of Utah.
- Schipper, J., P. Teunissen, and B.K. Lim. 2001. Northern South America: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, northern Brazil, and eastern Venezuela. World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC.
- Engstrom, M.D. and B.K. Lim. 2000. Checklist of the mammals of Guyana. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
- Engstrom, M.D., B.K. Lim, and F.A. Reid. 1999. Common mammals of Iwokrama. Iwokrama International Centre for Rain forest Conservation and Development, Georgetown, Guyana.
Publications since 2016
Engstrom, M., B. Lim, J. Miller, O. Haddrath, D. Ireland, and G. De Iuliis. 2017. Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. Royal Ontario Museum.
Lim, B.K. 2017. Review of genetic diversification of bats in the Caribbean and biogeographic relationships to Neotropical species based on DNA barcodes. Genome, 60: 65–73.
Lok, L., T.A. Paton, Z.Wang, G. Kaur, S. Walker, R.K.C. Yuen, W.W.L. Sung, J.Whitney, J.A. Buchanan, B. Trost, N. Singh, B. Apresto, N. Chen, M. Coole, T.J. Dawson, K. Ho, Z. Hu, S. Pullenayegum, K. Samler, A. Shipstone, F. Tsoi, T. Wang, S.L. Pereira, P. Rostami, C.A. Ryan, A.H.Y. Tong, K. Ng, Y. Sundaravadanam, J.T. Simpson, B.K. Lim, M.D. Engstrom, C.J. Dutton, K.C.R. Kerr, M. Franke, W. Rapley, R.F. Wintle, S.W. Scherer. 2017. De novo genome and transcriptome assembly of the Canadian Beaver (Castor canadensis). Genes, Genomes, Genetics 7: 755-773.
Moretto, L., B.K. Lim, R. Cadenillas, and J.N. Martinez. 2017. Analysis of bat humeri from Late Pleistocene Talara Tar Seeps of northwestern Peru, with paleoenvironmental implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36: DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1250097.
Ceríaco L.M., E.E. Gutiérrez, A. Dubois, et al. 2016. Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, 4196 (3): 435–445.
Gu, S.H., S. Arai, H.T. Yu, B.K. Lim, H.J. Kang, and R. Yanagihara. 2016. Genetic variants of Cao Bang hantavirus in the Chinese mole shrew (Anourosorex squamipes) and Taiwanese mole shrew (Anourosorex yamashinai). Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 40: 113–118.
Lim, B.K. 2016. Review of mammalogical research in the Guianas of northern South America. Integrative Zoology, 11: 151–161.
Lim, B.K., and L.M. Arcila Hernandez. 2016. DNA barcoding of Jamaican bats: implications to Neotropical biodiversity. Mitochondrial DNA, 27: 3013–3019.
Lim, B.K., C. Osborne, and A. Ignace. 2016. Small mammals of the South Rupununi region, Guyana. Pp. 103-118, in Biodiversity assessment survey of the South Rupununi savannah, Guyana. BAT Survey Report No. 1. WWF-Guianas, Guyana Office, Georgetown, Guyana.
Lim, B.K., and V. Pacheco. 2016. Small non-volant mammals. Pp. 84-93, in Core standardized methods for rapid biological field assessment. (Larsen, T.H., ed.). Conservation International,
Lim, B.K. 2016. Basking in the Caribbean: Why the Caribbean is a tropical paradise for bats but not so much for other mammals. Magazine of the Royal Ontario Museum, 49(2): 29-30.
|2016||Livia Loureiro and Burton Lim. "Bat Study in the Cayman Islands." Flicker Bulletin, 26, June-July, 5-7. (PDF)|
|2016||Deirdre Leowinata and Vincent Luk. "Return to Sri Lanka." ROM Magazine, 48, 3, 20-23. (PDF)|
|2015||Burton Lim. "Review of Bats of Trinidad and Tobago: a field guide and natural history, by G.A. Gomes and F.A. Reid." Acta Chiropterologica, 17, 199. (PDF)|
|2014||Burton Lim. "Biodiversity bonanza: Guyana's Rupununi." Caribbean Beat, 127, 3, 68-69. biodiversity bonanza|
|2013||Burton Lim. "Establishing baseline data on bats for REDD+ verification." Biodiversity Science, 10 baseline data on bats|