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Herbarium: Bryophytes

Herbarium: Bryophytes

Bryophytes are plants without specialized tissues for moving water or nutrients. They reproduce by spores, have very tiny leaves, or no leaves at all, and do not have flowers. The bryophyte collection houses mosses, liverworts, and hornworts and is a tribute to the career of Dr. Wilf Schofield, who came to UBC in 1960. Professor […]

Permanent Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits, showcasing myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world. Our specimens are organised in six collections, which form the centrepiece of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Over two million research […]

Fishes as Art – and what Art!

Fishes as Art – and what Art!

I recently came across two outstanding examples of the portrayal of fishes as a form of art. The first involves the truly spectacular photographs of Siamese fighting fish by Thai artist Visarute Angkatavanich. One of the most important morphological innovations in the evolution of fishes has been the development of their fins (dorsal, anal, pelvic, […]

100,000 Visitor Contest Winner Tours the Museum

100,000 Visitor Contest Winner Tours the Museum

Since opening in October of 2010, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum has welcomed and showcased the wonders of biodiversity to thousands of curious guests. This fall, we are anticipating the reach of the 100,000-visitor milestone. And what better way to celebrate this exciting occasion than a draw for a prize package?

Between November 3 and 9, 2013, visit the Museum and join in the celebration as we provide guests* the opportunity to enter our 100,000th Visitor Draw for a chance to win an awesome prize package (prize items to be determined). The draw will take place on November 12, 2013, to highlight the winner/winning family.

Get to Know Contest 2013

Vancouver Parks Board is sponsoring the 2013 International Get to Know Contest. Click through to learn more.

2014: Two Big Biodiversity Issues

2014: Two Big Biodiversity Issues

As 2013 draws to a close, there are two big biodiversity-related issues in BC that are of particular interest to me: (i) the status ignotus of the Cohen Commission’s findings on Fraser River sockeye salmon, and (ii) the recent National Energy Board Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal. The Cohen […]

Invisible Portraits: A Closer Look at the Exhibition on Microbes

Invisible Portraits: A Closer Look at the Exhibition on Microbes

Invisible Portraits, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s current exhibition, is full of tiny organisms that usually go unseen. The black-and-white scanning electron micrographs are presented in ornate gilded frames, referencing the presentation style of academic portraiture, but with very unusual subjects imaged in a very high-tech method. Derek Tan, the museum’s Digital Media Specialist, and the […]