Beaty Blog

Invisible Portraits: A Closer Look at the Exhibition on Microbes

Posted: December 22, 2013

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. 

100,000 Visitor Contest Winner Tours the Museum

Posted: December 13, 2013

In celebration of reaching the Museum’s 100,000-visitor milestone, the 100,000th Visitor Draw was held in November. The lucky winner and their family won a family membership at the Museum and was given a tour by curators. What did they like most?

Up Close Hands-on Fun Photographing Penguins

Posted: December 13, 2013

Black, white and adorable: I loved penguins before I started this photograph project – and now love them even more! Penguins are believed to date back to 65 million years ago. Imagine that! This means that penguins survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Fossils indicate that some extinct penguins use to be man-sized.

The New Federal Fisheries Act and its Effects

Posted: November 29, 2013

On Monday Nov 25th, the new federal Fisheries Act (FA) came into effect (see previous Museum blog post). The new FA results in a shift from a general biodiversity-based set of protections to a fishery-based set of regulations.

In the Shadow of the Great War

Posted: November 22, 2013

The UBC Herbarium is pleased to announce the publication of Jay Sherwood’s latest book: In the Shadow of the Great War, the Milligan and Hart Explorations of Northeastern British Columbia, 1913-1914. The Vancouver-based author and historian visited the herbarium to research some of the earliest BC specimens of the collection – pressed and mounted plants dating back to 1913.

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.


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