Author Archives: Jean-Marc Gagnon

About Jean-Marc Gagnon

Curator, Invertebrate Section, Canadian Museum of Nature. Conservateur, Division des invertébrés, Musée canadien de la nature. President, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (2010-2012) (www.spnhc.org)

Part 2 – Finding a home for a researcher’s valuable collection

Read what happens when a researcher’s legacy is brought into our national collections. Continue reading

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Finding a new home for a researcher’s valuable collection

A new home! Personal connections and circumstance lead Jean-Marc Gagnon to a significant collection of marine specimens. Continue reading

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Looming human impact threaten our deep-sea communities – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 4

Some of the corals observed during the ROPOS dives are believed to be hundreds of years old. Unlike many true corals that form reefs in tropical regions over time, cold water corals simply grow bigger and bigger with age. As … Continue reading

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New deep-sea species to describe – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 3

I was surprised by the large number of species that could not be readily identified. At this point in time, however, it is too early to know how many new species have been discovered during this expedition. The research team … Continue reading

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Amazing images from the ROPOS – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 2

We showed more than 30 hours of videos and since the ROPOS is equipped with HD video cameras, we were able to see the most amazing details of the seafloor and its inhabitants; not so much on the video because … Continue reading

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Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 1

On July 8, 2010, a multidisciplinary team of marine scientists left Halifax Harbour with the mission, among other things, to explore the seafloor in deep water areas never visited before. They used a remotely-operated vehicle called ROPOS to dive at … Continue reading

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