Researchers Revealed

Researchers Revealed introduces scientists from the Biodiversity Research Centre, and the work that they are doing. From oceans to deserts to far-off jungles, these researchers are roaming the globe and uncovering the answers to questions they have about our world.

Come see what questions these scientists are asking, and discover how they are answering them.

Jasmine Lai

In this video, Jasmine Lai describes the work she does as a technician at both the UBC Herbarium and in the Martone Lab.

Vikram Baliga

Vikram Baliga describes his research on the evolution and biomechanics of bird flight by looking at the variations between bird species.

Barbara Neto-Bradley

Barbara Neto-Bradley describes her research on the evolution of vascular plants by looking at photosynthesis. For more from Barbara, check out her instagram: @barbaranetobradley

Colin MacLeod

Colin MacLeod describes his research on how climate change will affect the association between parasites and their hosts.

Julian Heavyside

Julian Heavyside describes his research on salmon in BC and the other species of fish that co-occur with the salmon.

Finola Fogarty

In this video, Finola Fogarty describes her research on genetic diversity within the Orange-crowned warblers.

In Old Ways New Waves Al Lewis and Coreen Forbes explain how essential it is to use both traditional collecting practices and taxonomy alongside modern molecular methods in ecological research.

Roseanna Gamlen-Greene

Roseanna Gamlen-Greene describes her research and work on the Western Toad, the only indigenous amphibian on Haida Gwaii.

Wonders of the Deep

Angela Stevenson studies glass sponges and feather stars to try and understand how their interactions with animals in their environment might help them benefit and resist the continued human impact on their environment.

One Stem at a Time

Researcher Jamie Fenneman explains its continued importance to the study of the biodiversity of flora.

Counting On It

Ailene MacPherson explores the world of population and parasite evolution through the unlikely method of math.

An Invisible World

Microbiologist Filip Husnik takes us inside the hidden world of termites, and the alliances they form in order to break down wood.

Eyes in the Wild

Cole Burton deploys a large network of remote cameras called “camera traps” to study human-wildlife co-existence.

In Search of Salmon

Mei Sato and Andrew Trites use cutting edge hydro-acoustic technology to explore the issue of food availability for southern resident killer whales.


Researchers Revealed Posters

Why study coral reef ecosystems?

Coral reefs are more sensitive to climate change than almost any other ecosystem on the plant. By understanding how corals respond to rising temperatures, Simon Donner hopes to help prepare for a warmer future. 

How do you know what organisms lived in an area before there were photographs or written records?

Jenny McCune studies the Garry oak ecosystem which, in British Columbia, is only found in a narrow range in the southwestern corner of the province. 

How do two different populations in a species become two different species?

Kate Ostevik looks at prairie sunflowers that may all look similar, but one type grows on the shifting sand dunes in Colorado while another prefers more stable grassy soils. 

As coastal tidepools heat up and lose oxygen, how do the fish trapped within them cope?

Milica Mandic believes that if you’re a fish, like a sculpin, the rising temperatures, evaporation of water, and consumption of oxygen by other organisms means that conditions in tidepools might soon become challenging for survival. 

What factors influence the types and number of marine invertebrates found in a seagrass community?

Seagrasses conceal a hidden community of animals that live directly on their underwater leaves. These organisms are called epifauna, and understanding them has been the endeavour of Ross Whippo. 

How do animals deal with logging and hunting? 

Dr. Jedediah Brodie works in the jungle of Southeast Asia, investigating where animals live and how they deal with human disturbances like logging, hunting, and climate change. 

What factors influence the rate of decomposition in forests?

Tonya Ramey investigates the animals and processes which help sustain our forests. 

Do birds from one population group stay together through their migration to the tropics and back?

Have you ever wanted to follow the birds south for the winter? Kira Delmore knows where they go.