Author Archives: Paul Sokoloff

Hey, You Stole My Chloroplast!

A curious case of hybridization in the Canadian Arctic. To solve the botanical puzzle, we used two valuable research tools—one traditional: the National Herbarium of Canada, and the other on the cutting edge of technology: DNA. Continue reading

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Snapshots of (Natural) History

A cryptic, handwritten note beside a pressed plant in the museum’s collection piqued a botanist’s curiosity and led to the rediscovery of hundreds of 50-year-old photographs. Continue reading

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The Arctic Flora of Tamriel: Botany in Video Games

Botanist Paul Sokoloff had fun exploring real-world inspirations behind some virtual plants in role-playing games such as Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas. Continue reading

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Plants, Fossils, Stories and More: The Students on Ice 2015 Arctic Expedition

by Paul Sokoloff and Kieran Shepherd The Canadian Museum of Nature and Students on Ice (SOI) have been partners in experiential education in the north from the very first expedition 15 years ago. Museum experts have been accompanying expeditions ever … Continue reading

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Plants to Papers

It’s botany field season. Our botanists work hard to share their knowledge! Continue reading

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The Landscapes of Canada Gardens

A place to play, explore and relax: the museum is installing an outdoor plant “gallery”. Continue reading

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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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