Author Archives: Jeff Saarela

World’s largest botany conference: “Care for Plants, Care for our Future”

What’s big, green and full of plant scientists? The International Botanical Congress, of course! This past July, in Shenzen, China, three Museum of Nature botany researchers gathered with 7000 others at the world’s largest gathering of plant scientists. Read museum researcher Jeff Saarela’s behind-the-scenes account. Continue reading

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Arctic Field Trip: Ice in July Makes for Resourceful Researchers

In mid-July, ice was still blocking access to the 30 islands in Nunavut where botanist Jeff Saarela and his team wanted to do some fieldwork. Read his story. Continue reading

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Arctic Field Trip: Studying Flora and Eider Ducks

Unexplored by botanists: Our researchers are off to collect specimens from remote Arctic islands. Continue reading

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Arctic Change 2014: Sharing Our New Knowledge with the World

Museum researchers joined the 1200 delegates of this vast conference to share their findings on diatoms, phytoplankton, algae and Arctic plants Continue reading

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Our Collections Online: Digitizing Is the Key

Data collections are not widely accessible if they are not digitized and provided online. Museum researcher Jeff Saarela explains the magnitude and importance of this work at the museum. Continue reading

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Our Collections Online: Opening Up Canadian Museum of Nature Collection data to the World

Museum researcher Jeff Saarela, who is also a co-leader of our online collection-data project, shares his thoughts on the importance of data collection and the new global science resulting from the data’s increased availability to others. Continue reading

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The Reindeer Botanist

Discover the interesting life and rich legacy of Alf Erling Porsild (1901–1977). Jeff Saarela explains how his work on Northern flora remains relevant for the museum’s botanists of today. Continue reading

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