Two Weeks Out at Sea

We are excited to welcome Ashley Arnold to Dispatches from the Field today! Ashley is a graduate student studying microbial ecology at the University of British Columbia. Today she tells us about two very interesting weeks out at sea. For more about Ashley, see the end of this post.  Wait, you’re going where?! Will you have internet connection? I don’t get it…why are you going again? Do you get seasick? These are just a few…

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Goodbye Gord. Goodbye my friend.

"I love you. You doing okay? Love forever. Xoxo g"After decades of writing postcards, emails, texts --- that was the last note I received from my friend, Gord Downie. Despite all he was going through he was thinking of me and how I was doing after the loss of my mother this summer.He was always thinking, caring, working, creating, sharing, loving.He was incredible and yet incredibly normal and simple in his straight-forward, no nonsense attitude…

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Two Postdocs at Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is searching forTwo Postdocs to study spatial and temporal variability of marine biodiversity using an eDNA or metabarcoding approachIn collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University (CML), Naturalisdevelops the Netherlands Center for Genetic Biodiversity Assessments, combining world leading expertise on taxonomy, ecology and genetics. Using our extended DNA reference collections, our high-tech lab facilities and our bioinformatics pipelines, we continuously improve and apply genetic biodiversity assessments, making them more rapid, accurate,…

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Real Therapy in Virtual Worlds

Video games can be incredibly engaging, keeping players coming back for the thrill of levelling up. This playful motivation is the foundation of a growing trend of gamification in physical therapy. Motion-based games were brought into the mainstream by the Nintendo Wii, a game console that features virtual versions of sports like boxing, tennis, and […] Get the full story Real Therapy in Virtual Worlds

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Artful Science: Learning by drawing

One of my favorite things about being an artist is getting to learn about other people’s science. For example, in the past couple of years, I’ve learned: about traditional ecological knowledge relating to caribou genetics (link) several fish species build nests (link; my take) citizen science is helping Wyoming biologists track amphibian populations (link) bees … Continue reading Artful Science: Learning by drawing

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We’re right in the middle of midterm season, and from the outside view of the instructor,…

We’re right in the middle of midterm season, and from the outside view of the instructor, there is a general sort of tension among the students. But, it’s kind of a big event to organize hundreds of students, tens of TAs, and couple of instructors to get the midterm created, written, and graded. Therefore, midterm Monday has me losing sleep too.

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Waterkeeper’s formal submission regarding relicensing hearings for Deloro Mine Site

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is currently applying to renew its Waste Nuclear Substance Licence for the Deloro site until 2022. The current licence will expire on October 31, 2017.Check out the full submission below from Waterkeeper. Contains key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.Underneath that is a review that goes into further technical details of the hydrogeology of the situation. Swim Drink Fish Canada submission for relicensing written hearing for the Deloro Mine…

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