Beaty Blog

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Partners with Outer Shores Expeditions

Posted: January 17, 2014

Guided by a crew of professional mariners and naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions escorts small groups to explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia. Check out the Outer Shores Expeditions website for details of the incredible trips they have planned. As a friend of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum you’ll receive 10% off any booked excursion when you mention the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. 

Fishes as Art – and what Art!

Posted: January 14, 2014

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, pectoral). These fins are crucial to how fishes swim and how they interact with one another and their environment.

2014: Two Big Biodiversity Issues for BC

Posted: December 30, 2013

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.

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.


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