Insects play a larger ecological role than one may realize, as they are dominant in virtually all habitats. Their small size allows them to survive on fewer resources and their short generation time allows them to adapt to environmental changes and evolve quickly. Each type of insect has a specific ecological role in its respective… Continue reading Flower or insect?
Here in Montreal, there have recently been a lot of tree losses due the emerald ash borer (EAB). When walking around my neighbourhood, my heart breaks when I see big, beautiful ash trees flagged for removal because of the wrath of the EAB. All this had me wondering: how did it all start and how do… Continue reading Tiny insects, big problems
The Peruvian Andes are a biodiversity hotspot with 25 000 species of plants, 700 bird species, 450 mammal species and 2000 fish species. While most of these are in the Amazonian (East) side of the Andes, the West side has its fair share of this diversity, mainly in its vast montane forests. Of these species,… Continue reading Drivers of Past and Present Biodiversity Changes in the Peruvian Andes
Included in the most recent provincial budget announcement is a very promising opportunity for research at McGill. The Quebec government has allocated $1 million per year for the next five years to create the McGill Agrifood Innovation Network (MAIN). This network initiative will be led by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in conjunction… Continue reading Budget Allocations Open up Agrifood Research opportunities at McGill
This is the second of a three-part series. To view the previous post of the series, go here. The Permian Triassic extinction is the largest known extinction to date, wiping out an estimated 96% of all species. The surface of the Earth 251 million years ago looked much different than it does today. All the… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Mass Extinctions: Permian Triassic
This is the first of a 3 part series that will teach you all about mass extinctions, travelling through time to share the details of the mass extinctions that have occurred in the past, all the way up to the one that is currently happening. Extinctions are a normal part of life in fact, species… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Mass Extinctions: Uncovering Evidence of Past Extinctions
Finding new ways to reduce waste is something that always excites me, and when I found this online, I was the most excited I had been all week. Imagine that the next time you have lunch, you add a new side dish: spoon (or spork or chopsticks). Yes, that’s right, you can eat your utensils once you’re… Continue reading Revolutionizing Disposable Utensils