Climate Change

Public Seminar: Vulnerability of Québec Biodiversity to Climate Change

Vulnerability of Québec Biodiversity to Climate Change Yanick Gendreau December 13th, 12:00 pm in M 137, University of Alberta The climate change adaptation project in the Application Centre is hosting Yanick Gendreau, a PhD candidate from the University of Quebec, at the University of Alberta campus December 12th & 13th. We welcome everyone’s attendance to [...]

Greg McDermid receiving his award

Remote Sensing Group’s Greg McDermid Honoured with Distinguished Academic Early Career Award!

This September, our very own Dr. Greg McDermid of the ABMI Remote Sensing Group was honoured with the 2012 CAFA (Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations) Distinguished Academic Early Career Award at an awards ceremony in Edmonton. The award recognizes those academic staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the wider community while in the [...]

A map of native vs. non-native grassland types at CFB Suffield

Student Project Reveals the Power of Remote Sensing in Identifying Native vs. Non-Native Grasslands

Will McInnes is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s Masters in Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) program in the Department of Geography, and author of an ABMI-funded MGIS thesis project that successfully tested a multi-temporal remotely-sensed data set in the mapping of native vs. non-native grasslands over several different Albertan prairie subregions.  An expansion [...]

Back to School for the ABMI Processing Centre

Specimens go in – data comes out; but the ABMI Processing Centre is more than just a taxonomic sweat shop. Behind the scenes at the Royal Alberta Museum, ABMI’s taxonomic experts are conducting research and engaging with the next generation of young scientists. One of the Royal Alberta Museum’s strengths has always been its active [...]

New Paper by ABMI Scientist – Humans as an Evolutionary Force: How We Shape Wildlife Behaviour

By: Tyler Muhly I must admit I’ve never blogged before, and the majority of my writing experience is of the technical kind, so please bear with me here. It’s not hard to imagine how humans influence the behaviour of other wildlife species. Human hunting has occurred for centuries, and human activities on the planet are [...]

2011 Data Now Available

Earlier this month, the ABMI was able to release the 2011 data. The 2011 season contributed data from 134 terrestrial sites, 140 wetland sites, and 95 winter tracking sites to the ABMI’s database. This impressive addition includes information on over 1600 species—half of these species are vascular plants.  2011 sites were found across much of the [...]

ABMI to Speak at Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference

The 10th annual Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference (PCESC) is being held this upcoming February 19-22nd in Red Deer. The conference is held in Alberta every 3rd year (it rotates between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba annually), and is being organized by the Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. The [...]

Annual Report 11-12

The Annual Report for 2011-2012 has been released and is available online. 2011-2012 was a great year for the ABMI. It was a year of growth. There was a 51% increase in total specimens identified over 10/11, as well as a 32% increase in the number of core sites surveyed (42% increase including off-grid sites) [...]