Beaty Blog

Revealed! New Display Puts Spotlight on BRC Researchers

Posted: September 9, 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is pleased to announce a new display, Researchers Revealed. Researchers Revealed features descriptions of six Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) graduate students and their research projects. The new display panels describe work on migratory birds, tiny plant microfossils and past climates, life in the intertidal zone for small fishes, and other interesting research projects.

Sea Otters: A Conservation Success Story, or Rats of the Ocean?

Posted: September 5, 2013

After being re-introduced to the north end of Vancouver Island in the 1970s, sea otters can once again be found in many areas from which they were extirpated in the fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. From a conservation perspective, this is an important success story, yet events are rarely as black and white as they might appear. How could an animal returning to its natural habitat—the epitome of ‘charismatic megafauna’—be grounds for concern?

Volunteer with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Posted: August 14, 2013

The Museum is currently seeking volunteers to fill the roles of Museum Educators and Events Assistants. Museum Educators engage museum visitors in the wonder of biodiversity through a variety of activities, kids programs, museum specimens and storytelling. Events Assistants provide support during a wide range of museum special events, including lectures and evening functions.

For the Love of Moss

Posted: August 2, 2013

Today, we celebrate the launch of Enciclopedia de la Flora Chilena, an online encyclopaedia of Chile’s diverse plant population that visiting Chilean bryologist Felipe Osorio has worked on for two years. Similar to British Columbia’s E-flora BC, the website provides photos and descriptions of thousands of plant species, all with available distribution, bibliographical, and taxonomic information.

Museum Hosts Fish Health Management Workshop for DFO's Salmon Enhancement Program

Posted: July 25, 2013

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum was the site of a workshop to train fisheries workers in the basics of fish health management during the week of July 8-12. The course was run by Paige Ackerman (PhD, UBC 2004), and amongst the 18 participants were federal fisheries employees, consultants, local stewardship groups, fish culture technicians, and academics from across BC.

New signature Phylo Card Game Celebrating Ecosystems Now at Beaty

Posted: July 18, 2013

We are excited to launch the first publicly available deck of signature Phylo game cards that celebrates ecosystems in all their awesomeness. Building off the popularity of trading card games like Pokemon, Phylo showcases the many weird, wonderful, and wacky species that live on Earth and deals with some serious threats to ecosystems, such as wildfires, oil spills, and climate change.

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.


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