Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences

Conducting a bird census by foot can also be disruptive, David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University, told Popular Science. “While you’re doing that, you’re disturbing the hell out of the birds,” Bird said.

Atlas Obscura

 

Classified as: drones, birds
Published on: 21 Feb 2018

City of Montreal will plant 40,000 saplings to replace trees that must be cut down

Thousands of ash trees infested by the tiny but destructive emerald ash borer will be cut down in Mount Royal Park by March 2019.

There are more than 10,000 ash trees in the park, and two-thirds have been treated against the invasive bug.  The rest are getting axed.

Classified as: Jim Fyles, trees
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic - one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth. By avoiding delays that come with having to return samples to a laboratory for analysis, the methodology could also be used on Earth to detect and identify pathogens during epidemics in remote areas.

Classified as: lyle whyte, Mars, Mars exploration, detecting life
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

Researchers from McGill University (Paul Thomassin) found that if Canadians ate less meat, and more fruits and vegetables, Canada's GDP would benefit. The authors recommended the government subsidize fruits and vegetables, and tax meat, in an effort to reduce chronic disease.

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Classified as: Paul Thomassin, Canada Food Guide, meat consumption
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

Congratulations to Jan Adamowski (Bioresource Engineering) and Elena Bennett (Natural Resource Sciences) on their induction into the Royal Society of Canada. The announcement was made in September, and the induction ceremony was held in late November.

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Classified as: royal society of canada, Jan Adamowski, elena bennett
Published on: 11 Dec 2017

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas.

In all, they collected 537 eggs from six species, including ancient murrelets, rhinoceros auklets and double-crested cormorants. Now these eggs are revealing new information about the way mercury finds its way into the ecosystem.

Classified as: Kyle Elliott, seabirds, mercury, emission controls
Published on: 24 Nov 2017

Un décès sur six lui est attribuable chaque année […] « C’est la première fois que l’on conclut que la pollution environnementale est une cause si importante de décès », souligne le professeur Niladri Basu, chercheur à l’Université McGill, qui a participé à l’étude publiée hier par la revue Lancet en partenariat avec l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU).

Journal de Québec

Classified as: Niladri Basu, pollution, environment, death
Published on: 23 Oct 2017

Unseasonably warm September could be cause of slight delay in leaves changing colour, McGill professor says. According to Jim Fyles, a forest ecology professor and director of the Morgan Arboretum, our city's trees have remained green a bit longer due to higher-than-average temperatures.

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Classified as: Jim Fyles, autumn, leaves, climate
Published on: 4 Oct 2017

Situé sur le campus MacDonald de l'Université McGill à Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, à la pointe ouest de l'île de Montréal, l'arboretum Morgan, une réserve arboricole et écologique de 245 hectares, propose une panoplie d'activités pour régénérer le corps, éveiller les esprits fatigués et intéresser les néophytes curieux tout autant que les connaisseurs à l'écosystème de la forêt et à son formidable réseau d'échange.

Classified as: Morgan Arboretum, nature activities
Published on: 22 Aug 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Terry Wheeler, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences.

Professor Wheeler was an expert in entomology and Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum. He had been a faculty member since January 1, 1995.

He lost his battle with cancer which he had taken in stride and fought with amazing optimism. Professor Wheeler will be terribly missed.

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Classified as: Terry A Wheeler
Published on: 27 Jul 2017

Judith Largy-Nadeau (BRE) and Dainava Blayney (NRS) and students from the Université de Sherbrooke are going door-to-door in Pointe-Claire to promote good waste habits this summer.

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Classified as: composting, waste, environment
Published on: 27 Jul 2017

“It has been something of a mystery why predators are so important in animal extinctions,” says Kyle Elliott, an assistant professor in McGill University’s Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences and the first author of a recent study on the subject published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “As prey populations decline, predators should simply switch to other prey.

Classified as: ecology
Published on: 27 Jul 2017

Professor Peter G. Brown (Natural Resource Sciences) has been selected as the recipient of the US Society for Ecological Economics 2017 Herman Daly Award for outstanding contributions to the field of ecological economics. 

Classified as: Peter G. Brown, human-earth relationship, Herman Daly Award, Anthropocene
Published on: 18 Jul 2017

Marianne Falardeau-Côté, a PHD candidate in Natural Resource Sciences with Professor Elena Bennett and the recipient of the 2017 Laure Waridel Bursary, shares her experiences in Scandinavia.

Classified as: marianne falardeau-côté, Laure Waridel Bursary, northern, environmental change
Published on: 18 Jul 2017

The World Economic Forum announced its 2017 class of 55 Young Scientists, assembling a distinguished cohort of top talent making an impact on research as diverse as quantum and computer science, physics and materials science, biology and bio-engineering, medical and neuroscience, and energy and environment. Collectively, their research is at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Among the honorees is Natural Resource Science professor and Canada Research Chair in Arctic Ecology Kyle Elliott.

Classified as: Kyle Elliott, arctic ecology
Published on: 11 Jul 2017

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