Beaty Blog

The 4th Annual Schofield Bryophyte & Lichen Foray

Posted: November 19, 2013

The 4th Annual Schofield Bryophyte & Lichen Foray was held September 26-29, 2013, in Wells Gray Provincial Park, as one of the many events of the Park's heritage year celebration.

Field Notes from Alaska and Japan

Posted: November 5, 2013

Shannan May-McNally, a graduate student in the Taylor lab at the Biodiversity Research Centre, spent this summer collecting char, a relative of salmon and trout, in Alaska and Japan as part of her thesis project. Shannan is interested in using char to investigate questions related to the process of speciation in fishes, research that can ultimately help design conservation strategies for these important species.

The Beaty Education team had a Fantastic Time at Apple Festival

Posted: November 1, 2013

The Beaty Education team had a fantastic time at UBC Botanical Garden's Apple Festival this year! The weather held out for us, and we had some wonderful conversations with people.

Celebrating the Museum’s 100,000 Visitors

Posted: October 29, 2013

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.

Ancient Soils Reveal Clues to Early Life on Earth

Posted: October 24, 2013

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and University of British Columbia examined the chemical composition of three-billion-year-old soils from South Africa – the oldest soils on Earth – and found evidence for low concentrations of atmospheric oxygen.

Songbirds may have “Borrowed” DNA to Fuel Migration

Posted: October 19, 2013

A common songbird may have acquired genes from fellow migrating birds in order to travel greater distances, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the journal Evolution.

Museum Featured on Breakfast Television

Posted: October 9, 2013

On October 8, 2013, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum was featured on CityTV's Breakfast Television. If you have missed it, you can still watch the segments by clicking through.

Get to Know Contest 2013

Posted: October 6, 2013

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

OMBIRDS – A Beaty Biodiversity Museum initiative launched in August at the American Ornithologists’ Union annual meeting

Posted: September 30, 2013

This August, the Cowan Tetrapod Collection Curator and Assistant Curator unveiled a new avian blood bank collections protocol developed at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The OMBIRDS acronym stands for Online Museum of Bird Images, Recordings, and DNA Samples.

Invisible Portraits Opens Today with an Up Close Exhibition on Microbes

Posted: September 27, 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is excited to launch its newest temporary exhibition today. Titled Invisible Portraits, this visual art exhibition reveals the secret world of microbes through high-tech images of microbial life refashioned as metal sculpture, wood carvings and large-scale portraiture by Kevin Carpenter, Erick James and Patrick Keeling.


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