Fieldwork

Ancient spiders from an ancient forest

Ancient spiders from an ancient forest

In which several arachnologists and other natural historians visit the Walbran Valley.

Appreciating insects and other arthropods: a lifetime of riches

Appreciating insects and other arthropods: a lifetime of riches

  It is about time I got busy and stared blogging again on this site. Since I am out of practice, I will do what I know best: a photo essay about why I love insects and other arthropods, and how studying them has improved my life!    

A Canadian Entomologist in Australia

A Canadian Entomologist in Australia

 A Canadian Entomologist in Australia (it has been done before, I am sure, but here are my two cents. Or, should I round that down to zero or up to 5 cents?) Okay, new title: My five cents Guest post by Tom Chapman I have introduced many Canadian students to Australian based fieldwork (e.g. Jake […]

Missed Mandate, Missed Biology: The ongoing “Mother Canada” debacle in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Missed Mandate, Missed Biology: The ongoing “Mother Canada” debacle in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Opinion Piece – M. Alex Smith, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph (salex@uoguelph.ca; @Alex_Smith_Ants; http://www.malexsmith.weebly.com) —- Like many Canadians, I have been hearing more and more about the so-called “Mother Canada” development in Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP). Proposed by a combination of private funding in partnership with the federal government, this enormous […]

Behavioural observations in nature reveal mating strategies of jumping spiders

Behavioural observations in nature reveal mating strategies of jumping spiders

—- By Gwylim S. Blackburn & Wayne P. Maddison—- Animals reveal a lot about their lives simply by the way that they behave. When observed in the wild, they also offer insights to the function of behaviours in a natural context. Capturing these insights just requires a little patience, and attention to the right details. […]

Costly colouration in a forest moth: the tale of a ten-year research project

Costly colouration in a forest moth: the tale of a ten-year research project

As part of the Canadian Entomology Research roundup (the first two posts can be found here and here), we will be sharing more detailed posts from the grad students involved in the published research. Below is a post from Jessica Ethier, sharing her research experience that spanned an undergraduate and PhD degree. I just published a […]

Snapshots from two Canadian Entomologists in Honduras

Snapshots from two Canadian Entomologists in Honduras

Catherine Scott and I continue on our Honduran odyssey, finally making it out into the field to begin our work on Red-throated Caracaras. We are working in a medium-elevation pine forest, consisting of mainly Pinus oocarpa and a couple oak species. This makes the surroundings seem very much like the foothills of the Rockies, except […]