biodiversity · humans · Sci Tech · wildlife

Drivers of Past and Present Biodiversity Changes in the Peruvian Andes

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

Sci Tech · Sustainability

Budget Allocations Open up Agrifood Research opportunities at McGill

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

Extinction Series · humans · Modeling · Sci Tech · wildlife

Let’s Talk About Mass Extinctions: Permian Triassic

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

Extinction Series · humans · Sci Tech · wildlife

Let’s Talk About Mass Extinctions: Uncovering Evidence of Past Extinctions

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

Animal Rights · humans · Sci Tech

Yes it is Possible for Store Bought Eggs to Hatch

It is something many people have tried or thought about trying at least once in their life: getting store bought eggs to hatch. They have probably done this without thinking about what they would do with the chicken if it did hatch, but that’s another story. It is hard and a little odd to imagine… Continue reading Yes it is Possible for Store Bought Eggs to Hatch

Sci Tech · Sustainability

Busted Myths of the Electric Car

This morning, I was sifting through The Gazette local newspaper while sipping my morning coffee and came across a particularly interesting article. It tells how Quebec has a goal of having 100 000 electric cars on the road by 2020. This goal seems rather unrealistic at this moment, but I believe that with a little more publicity and… Continue reading Busted Myths of the Electric Car