Insect diversity @ McGill
The blog and website of the Wheeler lab and the Lyman Museum at McGill University. Posts about arthropods, natural history, taxonomy, ecology, science culture, and life (or something like it) in academia.
All content copyright Terry A. Wheeler 2011-2016, unless otherwise noted.
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Category Archives: Lab and Field News
“Have a good trip! How’s the trip going? How was the trip?” These are things people say to me before, during, and after fieldwork trips. I go into the field to collect insects. I do this because that’s where a … Continue reading
I’m crossing some lines in the Yukon. I’m searching for dots. Several lines drawn on maps define the Yukon for me. There’s a straight line across the bottom of the Territory that marks 60° north latitude. To many Canadians, “north” … Continue reading
I’m north of 60° again. Back in Whitehorse, Yukon for the fourth time in five years, and getting ready to head north. Beyond Dawson City, beyond the trees, up the Dempster Highway to the tundra. I’m going to collect insects. … Continue reading
When you work in a university, change is constant. Students come and go as they start and finish their programs; colleagues come and go as new opportunities arise; old projects run to completion and new ones start to pick up … Continue reading
Most entomologists in this part of the world do their collecting in summer. There are a few reasons for this: insect diversity and activity peak in the summer months up here in the northern temperate; a lot of economically and … Continue reading
September is a time of change in the lab. Some changes are positive and happy, and some are a little more bittersweet. This year is no different. One of the big changes, of course, is that we shift from summer … Continue reading