Beaty Blog

Bizarre Biodiversity: Spider-Tailed Viper

Posted: July 15, 2013

Sometimes this thing we know as "biodiversity" is just plain bizarre. The spider-tailed viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) which has only been known to science since 2006, has a tail whose end is shaped, remarkably, like a spider!

Fungi Get into the Summer Spirit

Posted: July 12, 2013

For people who have visited the UBC Point Grey campus two weeks ago and strolled along Main Mall, you might have noticed some laminated signs that stuck up from the ground. Did your curious mind drag you closer to investigate? They were identification signs for mushrooms that have sprung up on the grassy patches along Main Mall.

Fifty Years in Serengeti

Posted: July 5, 2013

In April, the Museum’s Biodiversity Lecture Series took us to the exquisite Serengeti with Dr. Anthony R.E. Sinclair at a presentation titled, 50 Years in Serengeti: the Story Behind the Science. It’s easy to see why Dr. Sinclair is passionate about this World Heritage Site. Delighting us with stories of acacia trees, elephant, wildebeest, and lions, Dr. Sinclair truly brought us into his research life in Serengeti.

Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

Posted: June 26, 2013

Miranda Post of Inside Vancouver recently identified the Beaty Biodiversity Museum as a place on the Vancouver Westside for a date. Do you agree? Read her blog post here.

Cowan Tetrapod Collection Databases Have Evolved!

Posted: June 18, 2013

It's a revolution! Cowan Tetrapod Collection (CTC) Databases emerge from the Victorian closet to join the 21st Century! Find out how...

New ‘Pirate’ Ant Discovered in the Philippines

Posted: June 14, 2013

Discovered by a team of German scientists while on a trip to the Philippines, Cardiocondyla pirata was found living under a rock—literally. PhD student Sabine Frohschammer from the University of Regensburg and her colleague Bernhard Seifert from Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Gorlitz were searching for Cardiocondyla ants in a shady streambed when she saw individuals that didn’t look like any other known species.

Olympic Torch Passed to New Torchbearer at Beaty

Posted: June 14, 2013

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Canada winning the bid to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Reflecting on the tremendous Canadian spirit that has swiped across the city during the Games, it brings back memory of the Olympic Torch passing through the Point Grey campus and outside the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

UBC Researcher Dr. Sarfraz Discusses Rising Rat Population in Vancouver

Posted: June 12, 2013

Vancouver’s rat population is growing and no neighbourhood is immune to the rodents and their pesky and dirty ways. Dr. Rana Sarfraz, a UBC ecologist and expert on pests, said that Vancouver’s rat problem has been getting worse in recent years and it’s not limited to the downtown core.

Fashion Blogger Colleen Tsoukalas Reviews HATCHED, MATCHED AND DISPATCHED

Posted: May 31, 2013

Fashion Blogger Colleen Tsoukalas wrote about Ivan Sayers' last artist talk as part of the museum's last exhibition, INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion.

Study Suggests Evolution Repeats Similar Course Each Time

Posted: May 29, 2013

If you went back thousands of years and “replayed the tape of life,” would you end up with humans and the species we know today, or would small differences caused by chance result in completely different plants and animals?


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