Category Archives: Plants and Algae

Collecting diatoms in sunny Italy: Citizen scientist brings specimens for museum’s collection

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes reports on his Italian vacation that included Pompei, St. Peter’s Basilica…and collecting diatoms. Continue reading

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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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Two Rare Species, One Big Trip

As a member of the historic C3 voyage that circumnavigated Canada’s coastline in summer 2017, Paul Sokoloff writes about the search for two very special species of plants that exist only in one small area of the vast Canadian Arctic. Continue reading

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Moss and Lichen: Wait, what’s the difference?

To Canadian Museum of Nature cryptogam enthusiast Cassandra Robillard they are small, fascinating and loveable. But for most people, a look at the botany assistant’s favourite organisms draws the question: What’s that? Continue reading

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Plants 2 Papers: The Sequel

Our botanists have found that 300 species of vascular plants in the lower Coppermine River region of Nunavut. Fourteen species were observed for the first time in Nunavut. By publishing the results of this research, our botanists promote the advancement of Arctic knowledge. Continue reading

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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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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 2

Dogged searching to the ends of the Earth—Did the keen botany student find snow grass? Continue reading

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Where in the World Is Snow Grass? Part 1

A passionate botany student tells of her adventures looking for the answer. 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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Windswept Wonders: Collecting Plants and Lichens in Arviat

Paul Sokoloff reflects on a one-month collecting trip by museum botanists around a Nunavut community on the shores of Hudson Bay. Continue reading

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