Tag Archives: Northern Biodiversity Program

High fliers: a new paper on some new arctic flies

Many people see the arctic as a pretty barren place, with not much biological diversity. In fact, one of the most well-known patterns in ecology — the latitudinal diversity gradient — incorporates that idea. As you leave the tropics and … Continue reading

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Yukon Ho! The quest for northern flies continues

Since 2009 I’ve been part of the Northern Biodiversity Program, a collaborative project with some excellent colleagues and a whole team of fantastic students. We collected a arthropods at 12 sites in northern Canada so we could start addressing some … Continue reading

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“Mastering” northern flies: another student crosses the finish line

I’ve written previously about our work on the flies from the Northern Biodiversity Program (the joys of collecting them, and the challenge of processing them). Three years, tons of travel, a mind-boggling number of hours in the lab, and more … Continue reading

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I like the Tombstone Mountains

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

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Another year – autumn in the lab

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

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Drowning in Diptera

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

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Conference round-up

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

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