Articles & Papers

The following studies are some recent examples of how specimens, tissue/DNA collections, or records from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum research collections have been used by colleagues in Canada, the USA, and abroad.


Taylor, Eric B. 2013. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC: An Experiment in Curation, Research, and Public Outreach. Proceedings of APRU Research Symposium on University Museums: Forming a University Museum Collection Network as the Core of Frontier Research: 65-68.



Milstein D & Saunders GW. 2012. DNA barcoding of Canadian Ahnfeltiales (Rhodophyta) reveals a new species –Ahnfeltia borealis sp. nov. Phycologia 51(3): 247–259. Used Herbarium specimens for geography, morphology and DNA extraction.

Halfar J, Williams B, Hetzinger S, Steneck RS, Lebednik P, Winsborough C, Omar A, Chan P & Wanamaker Jr. AD. 2011. 225 years of Bering Sea climate and ecosystem dynamics revealed by coralline algal growth-increment widths. Geology 39(6): 579-582. Used Lebednik’s coralline algae collection, housed in the Herbarium.

Lindstrom SC, Hughey JR & Martone PT. 2011. New, resurrected and redefined species ofMastocarpus (Phyllophoraceae, Rhodophyta) from the northeast Pacific. Phycologia 50(6): 661-683. Most of the specimens used for morphology, geography, and DNA extraction are housed in the Herbarium. Many of the type specimens of this group are housed here as well.


Carter BE. 2012. Scleropodium occidentale (Brachytheciaceae), a new moss species from western North America. The Biologist 115(2): 222-230. Used Herbarium specimens.

Wang QH, Jia Y. 2012. A taxonomic revision of the Asian species of Ulota Mohr (Orthotrichaceae). The Bryologist 115(3): 412-443. Specimen loan.

Chang Y & Graham SW. 2011. Inferring the higher-order phylogeny of mosses (Bryophyta) and relatives using a large, multigene plastid data set. American Journal of Botany98(5): 839–849. UBC-based research.

Chang Y & Graham SW. 2011. Bryophyte-specific primers for retrieving plastid genes suitable for phylogenetic inference. American Journal of Botany98(5): e109–113. UBC-based research.

Talbot SS, Schofield WB, Talbot SL & Daniels FJA. 2010. Vegetation of Eastern Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Botany 88(4): 366-388.

Blom HH & Darigo CE. 2009. Schistidium viride (Grimmiaceae), a new name for a common but neglected species in eastern North America. The Bryologist 112(2): 273–277. Specimen loan.

Garbary DJ, Miller AG, Scrosati R, Kim K-Y & Schofield WB. 2008. Distribution and salinity tolerance of intertidal mosses from Nova Scotian salt marshes. The Bryologist 111(2): 282–291.

Allen BH. 1988. Studies on the genus Fontinalis (Musci: Fontinaleaceae). Brittonia 40(2): 180-187.

Vascular Plants

Björk CR. 2013. Erigeron pacalis (Asteraceae), a new species from western Canadian boreal grasslands. Novon 22:271-275. The Herbarium houses the holotype of this newly described species.

Harrison K & Hebda RJ. 2013. A morphometric analysis of variation between Elymus alaskanus and Elymus violaceus (Poaceae): implications for recognition of taxa. Modroño 58(1): 32-49. Used Herbarium specimens to perform biogeographical and morphological analysis.

Benedict BG, Modliszewski JL, Sweigart AL, Martin NH, Ganders FR & Willis JH. 2012. Mimulus sookensis (Phrymaceae), a new allotetraploid species derived from Mimulus guttatis and Mimulus nasutus. Modroño 59(1): 29-43. Used Herbarium specimens for DNA extraction; holotype specimen of this newly described species is housed in the Herbarium.

Bennett BA, Catling PM, Cody WJ & Argus GW. 2010. New records of vascular plants in the Yukon Territory VIII. Canadian Field-Naturalist 124(1): 1-27. Bennett publishes a list of new species of the Yukon about every year or two; the Herbarium houses many of his duplicates from his collection and these publications.


Niskanen T, Liimatainen K, Ammirati JF & Hughes K. 2013. Cortinarius section Sanguinei in North America. Mycologia 105(2): 344-356. Specimen loan.

Borovička J, Rockefeller A & Werner PG.2012. Psilocybe allenii – a new bluing species from the Pacific Coast, USA. Czech Mycology64(2): 181–195.

Centko RM, Santiago R-G, Taylor T, Patrick BO, Thompson CJ, Miao VP & Andersen RJ. 2012. Ramariolides A−D, antimycobacterial butenolides isolated from the mushroom Ramaria cystidiophora. Journal of Natural Products 75(12): 2178-2182.

Borovička J. 2008. The wood-rotting bluing Psilocybe species in Central Europe – an identification key. Czech Mycology60(2): 173–192. Specimen loan.


Coxson DS, Goward T & Connell DJ. 2013. Analysis of ancient western redcedar stands in the upper Fraser River watershed and scenarios for protection. Journal of Ecosystems and Management 13(3): 1-20.

Goward T, Ahti T, Elix JA & Spribille T. 2010. Hypogymnia recurva and Hypogymnia wilfiana spp. nov., two new lichens from western NorthAmerica. Botany88: 345–351.

Björk CR, Goward T, Spribille T. 2009. New records and range extensions of rare lichens from waterfalls and sprayzones in inland British Columbia, Canada. Evansia 26(4): 219-224.

Spribille T, Björk CR, Ekman S, Elix JA, Goward T, Printzen C, Tønsberg T & Wheeler T. 2009. Contributions to an epiphytic lichen flora of northwest North America: I. Eight new species from British Columbia inland rain forests. The Bryologist112(1): 109–137.

Spencer Entomological Collection

Maddison WP & Leduc-Robert G. 2013. Multiple origins of sex chromosome fusions correlated with chiasma localization in Habronattus jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae). Evolution, in press. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Zhang JX & Maddison WP. 2013. Molecular phylogeny, divergence times and biogeography of spiders of the subfamily Euophryinae (Araneae: Salticidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 81–92. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Bodner MR & Maddison WP. 2012. The biogeography and age of salticid spider radiations (Araneae: Salticidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 213-240. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Fraser DF, Copley CR, Elle E & Cannings RA. 2012. Changes in the status and distribution of the yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) in British Columbia. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 109:31-37. Locality information.

Maddison WP. 2012. Five new species of lapsiine jumping spiders from Ecuador (Araneae: Salticidae). Zootaxa 3424: 51-65. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Scudder GGE. 2012. Additional provincial and state records for Heteroptera (Hemiptera) in Canada and the United States.Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 109:55-69. UBC-based research on Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Zhang JX & Maddison WP. 2012. New euophryine jumping spiders from the Southeast Asia and Africa (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae). Zootaxa 3581: 53–80. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Zhang JX & Maddison WP. 2012. New euophryine jumping spiders from Central America and South America (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae). Zootaxa 3578: 1–35. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Zhang JX & Maddison WP. 2012. New euophryine jumping spiders from Papua New Guinea (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae). Zootaxa 3491: 1–74. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

Zhang JX & Maddison WP. 2012. New euophryine jumping spiders from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryinae). Zootaxa 3476: 1–54. Used Spencer Entomological Collection specimens.

deWaard JR, Hebert PDN & Humble LM. 2011. A comprehensive DNA barcode library for the looper moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) of British Columbia, Canada. PLoS ONE 6(3):e18290. DNA donation.

Baumann RW & Kondratieff BC. 2008. The Alloperla severa complex (Plecoptera: Chloroperlidae) of western North America. Illiesia 4(6):66‐75. Spencer Entomological Collection specimen loan.

Fish Collection

McGee MD & Wainwright PC. 2013. Convergent evolution as a generator of phenotypic diversity in threespine stickleback. Evolution 67(4):1204-1208. Used Fish Collection specimens that were loaned.

Taylor EB, Darveau C-A & Schulte PM. 2013. Setting conservation priorities in a widespread species: phylogeographic and physiological variation in the Lake Chub, Couesius plumbeus (Pisces: Cyprinidae). Diversity 5:149-165. Deposited extensive collections of fish and DNA in a study to help set conservation priorities.

Hubert N, Hanner R, Holm E, Mandrak NE, Taylor E, Burridge M, Watkinson D, Dumont P, Curry A, Bentzen P, Zhang J, April J & Bernatchez L. 2008. Identifying Canadian freshwater fishes through DNA barcodes. PLoS ONE 3(6):e2490. Used Fish Collection DNA and fish specimens for a pan-Canadian effort.