Summer is a busy time for research in the museum, especially this year. Two teams from the Wheeler and Buddle labs are within days of heading north for an arctic field season that will see us collecting in Yellowknife, Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Norman Wells, the Ogilvie Mountains and Banks Island until late July.
Christine Barrie’s field season is also up and running, but with a very different geographic focus. Christine’s M.Sc. project will examine patterns of diversity in old field habitats along a gradient of urbanization from Montreal city parks to the Monteregian Hills.
While these new initiatives are bringing data into the museum, we’re also in the final stages on several manuscripts and projects. The summer break from teaching means that there is more time to spend at the microscope finishing off projects. There should be lots of new papers in both taxonomy and ecology coming out of the museum over the coming months.