Author Archives: Joe Holmes

Pilgrim’s Progress: Sampling Diatoms in the Holy Land

A museum volunteer shares diatoms that he collected while travelling in Israel, Palestine and Egypt last autumn. Continue reading

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“Skeletons Out of the Closet” at the Museum’s Research and Collections Facility

See what amazing things are stored and revealed in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s research and collections facility in Gatineau, Quebec. Continue reading

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A Green Tour of Rideau Hall for Museum Botanists

This summer, museum botanists toured the magnificent rooms and greenhouses of Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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“Royal Canadian” Diatoms from the Rideau Hall Pond in Ottawa

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes collects “Royal” diatoms from a pond on the grounds of the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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Hunting the Urban Diatom in Vancouver, B.C. (Part 2)

Searching for the invisible! A visit to the Vancouver, B.C., area by a museum volunteer with a passion for diatoms. Continue reading

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Hunting the Urban Diatom in Vancouver, B.C. (Part 1)

Retrace the steps of museum volunteer Joe Holmes as he collects urban diatoms in the Vancouver, B.C. area. Continue reading

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My Irish Diatom Adventure (Part 2)

Retrace the steps of museum volunteer Joe Holmes as he collects diatoms in Ireland. Continue reading

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My Irish Diatom Adventure (Part 1)

A museum volunteer with a passion for travel took advantage of a trip to Ireland to advance scientific research on diatoms. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 2

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes takes us behind the scenes in the diatom lab to show us how to prepare microscopic samples for study and preservation. Learn about the steps in making light-microscope slides and SEM discs. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 1

As a volunteer in a botany lab at the museum, Joe Holmes has done many jobs related to diatom preparation and observation. Along the way, he came to appreciate the beauty of the intricate and varied structures of these single-celled organisms. Continue reading

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