Reflections of an ecologist on regional bias in biodiversity and conservation research

by Nathalie Jreidini The Fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO5) was recently released during a series of virtual sessions in preparation for the UN Biodiversity Summit in late September 2020. The GBOs serve as a global summary assessment of the progress achieved towards the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Among the several points the GBO5 tackles, one thing was made clear: countries are failing to carry out the goals…

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Q&A: Educator Tanis Mercer on how the Canadian ‘ReNewZoo’ project is bringing together academics and zoos for wildlife conservation

By Sarah Nason Could zoos and aquariums be the solution for species in decline? This might seem like a paradoxical suggestion: working with animals in captivity to help them flourish in the wild. But the vision of the new federally-funded research program in Canada, ReNewZoo, is much broader than that: the program is bringing together academic researchers and zoo professionals to conduct research together that would put zoos at the centre of conservation efforts. “Zoos are only…

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Narcoleptique : vers la conciliation études-sommeil / Narcoleptic: finding work-sleep balance

par/by Mathilde Gaudreau (English version below) Épingle par Carissa Potter Carlson @peopleiveloved L’année dernière, j’ai reçu un diagnostic de narcolepsie, une maladie neurologique auto-immune qui explique pourquoi peu importe la lumière, le bruit, l’endroit et le moment de la journée, je m’endors en quelques minutes à peine. Mais attention, comme cela arrive que je le veuille ou non, ce n’est pas un super-pouvoir. Quand n’importe où/ n’importe quand signifie que des « attaques de sommeil » surviennent…

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Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific chapter meeting in Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka

By Sachin Medigeshi Harish  I am a PhD student at Concordia University working under the supervision of Dr. Selvadurai Dayanandan. My current research is focused on the regeneration dynamics of forest tree communities in the biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. In September (2019), I had the opportunity to participate in the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific chapter meeting in Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka. I am extremely grateful to the QCBS…

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Récit d’un séjour piquant

par Mélodie de Jaham Cactus, scorpions, serpents à sonnette et autres organismes venimeux et épineux sont les obstacles que j’ai dû affronter l’été 2019 au cours d’un voyage en Arizona pour étudier la célèbre veuve noire.  Un de nos sites d’échantillonnage au coucher du soleil Scorpion d’Arizona trouvé pendant notre virée nocturne Cette araignée tient son nom du fait que la femelle soit connue pour manger son partenaire à la fin de leurs ébats amoureux.…

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A guide to working from home, COVID-19 style

by Chelsea Paquette I think that most people can agree upon one thing; working from home sounds like a great idea. That is, until a global pandemic forces you to work from home for an unexpected period of time.  People all over the world are currently facing a similar challenge: maintaining the motivation to work from home. The purpose of this piece is to provide you with some resources and tips on how to work…

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Wetland Rovers of Tamiraparani: Igniting young minds to conserve the wetlands of Tamil Nadu, India

by Sachin Medigeshi Harish I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to volunteer in November 2019 and March 2020 with the Wetland Rovers, an education program for students from Tirunelveli by Agasthyamalai Community Conservation Centre (ACCC). The main objective of this program is to educate students about the biodiversity, threats, and conservation of the Tamiraparani River and its associated wetlands, as well as to train them in wetland monitoring and sampling techniques. This education program…

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La poursuite en milieu académique, une question d’identité

par Mathilde Tissier Tout fraichement sortis du Cégep ou du Lycée, on se lance avec enthousiasme dans des études Universitaires, puis dans des études graduées. C’est alors, parfois tout naturellement, que notre passion pour la science nous pousse à sortir de notre zone de confort, vers la découverte et l’aventure, vers de nouvelles cultures. On voyage, on découvre… On y prend goût, on se laisse porter à aller ici et là, à revenir, à repartir,…

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Apprentissage et enseignement sur le terrain

par Sabrina St-Pierre et Alexis Carteron Sabrina, étudiante en biologie : Je me suis inscrite à ce stage d’écologie végétale parce que j’avais des crédits à combler dans la section concernant les stages de mon parcours à l’université. Je n’avais pas l’intention de faire ce stage cet été, je le gardais au cas où il ne resterait plus de place dans les stages que je priorisais. Après avoir fait mon premier stage à la Station de…

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The role of scientists in the post-truth era

by Ananda Martins In the past few days, I have been preparing an invited talk about the importance of scientific communication in the post-truth* era to present at the Brazilian Congress of Zoology. I start my presentation by showing real examples of news headlines from important Brazilian and international newspapers. Examples include the rising waves of disbelief in vaccines, global warming and the theory of evolution. I thought about being daring and taking the discussion…

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