Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences

Experts: Radar evidence of liquid water on Mars

Published: 25Jul2018

"A Mars orbiter has detected a wide lake of liquid water hidden below the planet’s southern ice sheets. There have been much-debated hints of tiny, ephemeral amounts of water on Mars before. But if...

New technique for finding life on Mars

Published: 19Jan2018

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...

Pesticides: more toxic than previously thought?

Published: 6Aug2015

Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed.

Hot off the press! Macdonald Professor Recipient of Prestigious Steacie Fellowship

Published: 16Feb2016

Professor Elena Bennett, of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the McGill School of Environment, is the recipient of a E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship! The Fellowships are awarded...

Not so loony: Why the grey jay soared to victory as Canada's would-be national bird

Published: 28Nov2016

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society recently stunned many Canadians by choosing the grey jay over the common loon as the organization’s candidate to become Canada’s national bird. The...

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Published: 16Dec2016

Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury...

The personalities of spiders

Published: 6Aug2015

Even jumping spiders have personalities scientists have discovered. A "shy" individual will not make the same choices as a "bold" individual. This means that some individuals, because of their...

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