Author Archives: Paul Sokoloff

Can the Arctic Steal the Show on International Colour Day?

Far from being limited to a white and grey, the Arctic explodes with colour! The region steals the show on the International Colour Day—March 21 in 30 countries. Continue reading

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The Mars Diaries—two weeks at a space station in Utah

Botanist Paul Sokoloff writes about his discoveries and adventures as part of the crew for the Mars Desert Research Station. Continue reading

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Life on Mars?

On the eve of a two-week rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station as the crew biologist, museum botanist Paul Sokoloff draws a line that connects current research on Arctic plants and other organisms to the future exploration and habitation of other planets. Continue reading

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Trading My Plant Press for a Space Suit

A museum botanist will be spending two weeks living and working with five other scientists at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah as if they actually are on Mars. Continue reading

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The Month of Arctic Onions and Western Birch: Arctic Botany 2014

A trip to an Arctic river valley to study and sample the remarkable plant biodiversity yielded record results of a few different kinds. Museum botanist Paul Sokoloff reports on the significance of several of their fieldwork finds. Continue reading

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No Microscopes, No Laptops, No Library, No Problem: The Challenges of Bringing Our Laboratory to the Field

Conditions during fieldwork being what they are, researchers must make do with little. One of our botanists who is working in the Arctic right now describes the essentials of their field lab. Continue reading

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Collecting on the Coppermine 100 Years after the Canadian Arctic Expedition: A Long Overdue Follow-Up Appointment

In a few short days, Canadian Museum of Nature botanists Dr. Jeff Saarela, Roger Bull and yours truly will depart Ottawa, bound for the Arctic hamlet of Kugluktuk, where adventure and new plant discoveries surely await us. For the next … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Thinking Plants

Recent research shows that plants can communicate, respond to stimuli and even learn. Can we conclude that they are smart? Botanist Paul Sokoloff explored the question in a NatureTalks conversation. Continue reading

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The Most Prestigious Can of Tomatoes You’ll Ever See: The Canadian Museum of Nature’s R.W. Brock Award

Palaeontologist Xiao-chun Wu rewarded for his work by can of tomatoes? Yes! Paul Sokoloff explains the origin of the R.W. Brock Award, its prestige, and its unusual trophy. Continue reading

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Roses Are Red, Entodon seductrix Is Green, I Really, Really Like You, If You Know What I Mean

Roses are not the freshest choice as a way to declare one’s eternal love, says Paul Sokoloff. But don’t despair! Our botany team has five original suggestions for alternatives. Continue reading

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