Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Arctic Circle

On Tuesday, January 10, Crystal Ernst delivered a talk entitled, “Arctic Arthropod Ecology and the Northern Biodiversity Program”, at the annual general meeting of the Arctic Circle, a group of Arctic researchers and aficionados that meets monthly in Ottawa, Ontario.

The talk provided some background information on the importance of arthropods to biodiversity and in ecological research, and some examples of recent changes in the biodiversity of arthropods in northern Canada were explored. There was a discussion of the history of arthropod collection efforts in the Arctic, including the Northern Insect Survey of the mid-1900s. The presentation finished with an overview of the research being undertaken by the Northern Biodiversity Program and some interesting data coming out of an 8-week study of the beetle fauna in Kugluktuk, Nunavut (part of Crystal’s PhD research).

The 45-minute presentation was very well received by an enthusiastic audience of 50+; many thoughtful questions were asked at the end (and again after the meeting had been formally concluded!). Crystal was grateful for the opportunity to work on her lecturing skills with such a receptive group and has been invited to return with an update at a future meeting!

Autumn Wrap-up!

From Chris Buddle:

Hard to believe that we are already into 2012!  Although there has been a distinct lack of blog entries, this does not indicate a lack of activity – quite the opposite!  After our return from successful field trip in August, we were busy all fall sorting specimens, working on identifications, and gearing up for conference season.

The project had very good representation at national and international conferences this past autumn. M.Sc. student Anna Solecki, post-doc Laura Timms, and Terry Wheeler attended the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting, held this year in Reno, Nevada.  Congratulations to Anna – she won the President’s Prize in a poster competition in Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity!

The NBP also had good representation at the Entomological Society of Canada’s annual meeting, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Terry and Laura also attended that meeting, as did Katie Sim, Crystal Ernst, Sarah Loboda, Chris Buddle, and the Toronto crew – Patrick Schaefer, Ruben Cordero, and Doug Currie.   Everyone gave oral talks or posters, and it’s very exciting to see preliminary results from the project.   We are especially proud of Katie, as she won the poster competition – congratulations, Katie!  Here’s a photo of Katie with her poster.  Up next – we continue working on sorting, identifications, and some analyses and manuscripts are also being prepared.  Stay tuned…

Katie Sim with her first-place poster!