Category Archives: Research

One Hundred Lichens New to Quebec, Canada, and North America from the Gaspé Peninsula

Troy McMullin went for a backcountry ski in Parc national de la Gaspésie and discovered a lichenologist’s wonderland. Continue reading

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Solving the mystery of a metal-oxide coating threatening to cover Mi’kmaq Petroglyphs in Nova Scotia

Aaron Lussier reports on a high-tech effort to solve the mysterious origins of a metal-oxide coating threatening petroglyphs in Kejimkujik National Park. Continue reading

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Women in Science: What’s Your Impression?

What’s women’s role in science today? Marisa Gilbert finds that museum visitors’ perception is sometimes far less than the reality. Continue reading

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Living on the edge: the voles of Svalbard

The population of the sibling vole in the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen irregularly fluctuates from 200 individuals per hectare to almost none. Our research scientist, Dominique Fauteux tries to solve this mystery. Continue reading

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Botanist reveals his favourite grass

While Canadian news stories swirl around weed, Jeff Saarela reveals his favourite grass. (Hint: It’s Canadian homegrown.) Continue reading

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Is the world’s largest Triceratops skull sitting in our collection?

Alan McDonald wonders, and works to reveal, if the world’s largest Triceratops skull has been uncovered in the museum’s collection? Continue reading

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Biting into the Past

Paleontologist Danielle Fraser blogs about why finding a fossil tooth always gives her a big smile. Continue reading

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Discovering species on the shelves

What’s the best place for a paleontologist to discover a new species: Alberta; Mongolia; or the collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature? Museum paleontologist Danielle Fraser writes that there’s beauty, mystery and lots of scientific discoveries to be made on the shelves, and in the drawers and boxes, of the museum’s collection. Continue reading

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Going digital: Putting the museum’s impressive library collection online

These beautiful books are scientific gems, and now they’re just a click away. The Canadian Museum of Nature’s library staff are digitizing the museum’s rare and unique publications to make them available online to Canadians, and visitors from around the world. Now you can check out amazing, colourful hand-drawings of Newfoundland insects, and the diversity of Churchill, Manitoba’s flowers, all from the comfort of your home (or on the bus on the way to work, or in a café, or….) Continue reading

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Back into shape nature in 2018!

What’s your back-to-nature resolution for 2018? In the holiday instalment of the museum’s research and collections blog, the editorial staff share their New Year’s back-to-nature resolutions. From taking a dog’s lead and learning to love winter, to dreaming of new beautiful gems for the museum, staff share their boundless passion for nature. Read the resolutions here, and share yours! Continue reading

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