Toronto Harbour sampling: winter edition

Last summer, Waterkeeper collected 166 samples from the Toronto Harbour. We learned quite a bit about our harbour, including where some of the more polluted spots are and just how high the bacteria levels can get. You can see the full results of those samples here.The main thing we learned was the need to continue sampling. The summer program showed that we don’t have enough information to truly grasp the sewage situation in the harbour.…

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March 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Making connections between art & other disciplines

Happy spring, dear readers! The spring equinox was just a few days ago, and my tulips noticed. While they’re not in full bloom yet, they are several inches tall! Although it’s hard to believe it today, as snow falls and the wind rattles the trees outside. My thesis is due at the end of this … Continue reading March 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Making connections between art & other disciplines

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Behind the scenes of “Be Prepared”

Springtime is supposed to signify new beginnings and a fresh start, with the attitude of “out with the old and in with the new”. However, for many field biologists, spring is a fairly stressful time. While you are still writing up the results from the previous field season, you are also supposed to be planning for the next. A lot of “behind the scenes” work occurs in the planning process – all of which ends up being represented by…

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Monday reads

New reads, hot of the press. Very diverse spread of application, news and research.Ten years of barcoding at the African Centre for DNA barcodingThe African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) was established in 2005 as part of a global initiative to accurately and rapidly survey biodiversity using short DNA sequences. The mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase 1 gene (CO1) was rapidly adopted as the de facto barcode for animals. Following the evaluation of several candidate loci…

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Compact objects in Michigan 5

Last Friday I went with a couple of our grad students to the Compact Objects in Michigan 5 meeting. This is a small, one-day scientific meeting designed to give students and postdocs the opportunity to give talks about research related to “compact objects”: black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. In previous years it’s been held at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University; this year our colleagues at Michigan State University hosted. I…

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The Undead of Winter

 By Jan ThornhillRuby LOVES to "play dead" so we can will bury her in snow!I love early spring! And no – I’m not talking about tulips and the return of migratory birds, though I have nothing against those things. I’m talking about earlier, in the first weeks of March, when there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, when, for all intents and purposes, it’s still the dead of winter. Except it’s not dead. Minute…

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