Insect diversity @ McGill
Stories about our collection of three million unique little volumes of biodiversity, the people who build and use it, and the research we do. And the odd rumination upon the nature of science and scientists.
All content copyright Terry A. Wheeler 2011-2013, unless otherwise noted.
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Tag Archives: Northern Biodiversity Program
The Dempster Highway is a 750 kilometer, gravel, narrow, bumpy, dusty, muddy, rutted washboarded road with one gas station at the beginning, one in the middle and a couple near the end. It runs from near the Klondike gold fields … Continue reading
As always, fall is a busy time in the museum. We have a few personnel changes (fairly standard for this time of year), a pile of upcoming conference talks, and some big ongoing research projects. Amélie Grégoire Taillefer, who has … Continue reading
Sometimes I think there might be such a thing as too much data. I expanded my research program a few years ago from just taxonomy and systematics, into community ecology of insects. This meant I had to change the way … Continue reading
Conferences are a great opportunity to let colleagues know about the work we’re doing, and also to see what research is going on in other labs. They’re a chance to catch up with colleagues that we usually only interact with … Continue reading
It’s a widely known pattern in biology that higher latitudes are similar to higher elevations in many ways – as we go toward the poles or toward mountain summits we see similar changes in life zones, we cross a tree … Continue reading
Conferences are a great opportunity to present research before the papers appear in print and to showcase the work we do in the lab. Of course, they’re also a great way to see what other labs and researchers are doing. … Continue reading
Our most remote field site in 2011 was Green Cabin, in Aulavik National Park on Banks Island. Five Northern Biodiversity Program team members (Terry Wheeler and Anna Solecki from the Lyman, Doug Currie, Brad Hubley and Ruben Cordero from the … Continue reading
Several Lyman people spent much of the summer in the Canadian arctic as part of the Northern Biodiversity Program. We collected flies, ichneumonid wasps, spiders and beetles to examine ecological patterns in arthropod communities across the north, long-term change in … Continue reading