Tag Archives: botany

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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Fluorescent Lichens: Dazzling Creatures of Light

Ever seen a fluorescent lichen? They can be found across Canada, and—thanks to a recent collecting trip by botanist Jennifer Doubt—they can also be seen in the museum. 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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Good Food Leads to Happy Scientists

Inquisitive scientist, wilderness adventurer, ingenious cook—botanist Roger Bull shows us how to prepare a month’s worth of delicious meals for camping with colleagues during remote Arctic fieldwork. 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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Botanical and Cultural Treasure, Hidden in Plain Sight

Rare plant specimens from an expedition that came to a tragic end were recently discovered in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Jennifer Doubt explains the importance of this extraordinary find. Continue reading

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