Bioblitzing for Fish on the Grand River


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Approximately 24 Hours prior the start of the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, a team of over 100 international scientists set off to survey as many species at the rare Charitable Research Reserve. Participants from 36 institutions and over 17 countries volunteered their time assist with collecting, sorting, identifying and plating. This bioblitz was unique due to the smaller scale and duration which was 12 hours instead of 24 hours, none the less, the results were impressive. Continue reading “Bioblitzing for Fish on the Grand River”

Aquatic and Worm Sampling in Bruce Peninsula National Park


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After a successful week of sampling at Long Point Provincial Park, the BIObus was off to Bruce Peninsula National Park. The Bruce Peninsula divides Georgian Bay from the main basin of Lake Huron, and has some very unique aquatic ecosystems where interesting species can be found. We sampled a variety of these habitats which included creeks, marshes, ponds and lakes. Continue reading “Aquatic and Worm Sampling in Bruce Peninsula National Park”

BIObus Sampling At Long Point


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Long Point Provincial Park was the next destination for the BIObus’ aquatic sampling tour across Ontario Provincial Parks. Long Point is a sand spit on north shore of Lake Erie, this is a unique region of southern Ontario, being comprised of primarily sandy soils and deciduous trees. The point juts out into Lake Erie, creating a dynamic environment with lots of biodiversity. Continue reading “BIObus Sampling At Long Point”

Microscope Imaging And Plankton Sampling


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After completing the imaging for the Saudi Arabian specimens, we are starting the next material in our queue, the Argentina, Russia, and Costa Rica Global Malaise Projects. Continue reading “Microscope Imaging And Plankton Sampling”

Imaging Insects From Saudi Arabia


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Since early May we have been focusing on completing all the images of specimens from Canadian National Parks and the Mecca region in Saudi Arabia from the Global Malaise Trap Program. Of the specimens I have imaged, there are some unique species from Saudi Arabia that stood out. Their life history has always intrigued me. Continue reading “Imaging Insects From Saudi Arabia”