Meet the new Director:
HERE’S WHY WE CAN’T CLONE A DINOSAUR — BUT WE CAN MAKE A CHICKENOSAURUS - “I always think dinosaurs were dealt a very bad hand,” said Hans Larsson, Redpath Museum Director and Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate Palaeontology. “I think it weren’t for that asteroid impact, they would still be the dominant land animals today.” Watch the full interview on Global News.
We are currently seeking applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in association with UQAM and Université Laval. Preference will be given to candidates with bold ideas, demonstrated research ability, and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research on core problems in the neotropical environment, foster interactions within the Biodiversity, Ecosystems Services and Sustainability (BESS) program, run a seminar series, and organize a retreat. Deadline: May 10, 2015. For more details: bess_postdoc_ad.pdf
Redpath Great Plesiosaur Selfie Campaign is now online!
Check it out on Twitter as it travels with our scientists and researchers on field work all over the world.
PHOTO: The Redpath Plesiosaur on a bone bed at Galapagos. Posted by Andrew Hendry's team.
The very first winner of the Redpath Museum Excellence (REDME) Award is Melanie Massey. Established in 2013 to honour a graduating student in the Minor Natural History program who has demonstrated a combination of outstanding leadership qualities, service and academic standing, this award was presented by David Green (ex-Director, Redpath Museum) at the convocation ceremony on June 2, 2015. Melanie studied Biology, with a minor in Natural History. She worked in the Larsson Lab as scientific illustrator and completed an independent project involving character scoring on developing chicks. She also created the T-shirt design for the Natural History minor which is currently being printed by McGill Bookstore. You can check out Melanie's artistic work here.
We are proud to announce the winner of the Canadian Museums Association Volunteer Award 2015: Bruno Paul Stenson aka Dinoman
Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, the 2015 Museum Volunteer Award recognizes Bruno's dedication to the Redpath Museum, McGill University.
The Redpath Museum and Science Outreach participated in the McGill BioBlitz last September and we'd like to share our experiences with you. Over 60 undergrads and their course profs and TA explored the insects, bees, wasps, birds, frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes of the Morgan Arboretum in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. This project couldn't have happened without funding from McGill's Sustainability Projects Fund and the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of Drs. David Green and Heather Grey (Redpath Museum), Drs. Julia Freeman and David Goodin (Ethics, Knowledge, and Environment), Chris Cloutier and Scott Pemberton (Arboretum naturalists), Sheldon Harvey and the volunteers from Bird Protection Quebec, and all of the students who braved the cold and mud to experience some of the wonders of the Arboretum. We thank you for making this project such a success!
Redpath Museum T-shirts!
On sale ONLY at the Redpath Museum.
$10 CAD for Youth sizes Large, Medium, Small or X-Small
$15 CAD for Adult sizes XLarge, Large, Medium and Small
Available in Room 102, Redpath Museum OR by mail order with a cheque payable to: Redpath Museum / McGill University. Send your order to Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4. We will send back the confirmation receipt and the T-shirts.
Videoconferencing with the Redpath Museum!
Your class of any grade or group of any age level can now visit the Museum without having to take a field trip! Our video conference program features three interactive, one hour long live streaming sessions with a museum educator in the Redpath Museum galleries. All you need is an email account or a video conference connection (VLAN) in order to connect with us.
What: Choose one of these VCs: Triceratops & Dinosaur Excavation, Mummies & Ancient Egyptian Life, Volcanoes or Quebec Biodiversity. Your class will ask questions, interact with the museum educator, and work on activity sheets during and after the videoconference.
Who and how: Each presentation includes a teacher’s guide with activity sheets and interactive elements that are relevant to the curriculum and can be used before, during and after the videoconference.
Audience: Any elementary- or secondary-school school or library with a video conference connection or with a jabber account. Each VC session has curriculum competencies outlined here.
Language: Offered in English and French
Length of presentation: One hour, including testing the video conference connection, the presentation, and a period for questions. For Kindergarten and Grade one, session is 30 minutes.
FEE: $155.22 (includes all taxes). Book your video conference with Redpath Museum by emailing science [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca or calling 514-398-4094.
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Redpath Museum and Researchers in the News
- Dino Hunt Canada - A new series on the History Channel. Featuring some of Canada's top paleontologists and the latest researrch on dinosaurs, this series is narrated by George St. Pierre. Dr. Hans Larsson, Associate Professor here at the Redpath Museum and Canada Research Chair in Macroevolution, is featured in one of the episodes.
- Les cercles des jeunes naturalistes (CJN), founded in 1931, visited the Museum in January 2015. You can read about it and learn more about them in the latest edition of Les naturalistes.
- A Walk on the Wild Side -Researchers at McGill University turned to a living fish called Polypterus — an African fish that can breathe air and 'walk' on land — to help show what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water. Read about Emily Standen's Polypterus article in Nature.
- What does a 66M-year old forest fire reveals about dinosaurs? Read about Dr. Hans Larsson's latest finds in Saskatchewan and how they help us estimate climate conditions for the closing period of the dinosaurs in southwestern Canada.
- "Entre Nous with Rowan Barrett: Between the Genes of Adaptation" (McGill Reporter, May 5th, 2014) >> Read More
- Watch the interview with Redpath Museum Collections Manager Anthony Howell on Global TV.
- Virginie Millien discusses the link between her research and the ticks that can carry Lyme's disease in the October 10th edition of David Suzuki's The Nature of Things. PHOTO: James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster. Wikipedia Commons.
- Museum history and current research work in the January / February 2014 issue of MUSE, published by the Canadian Museums Association.
The Fossils' Tale
This lavishly illustrated book is a self-guided tour through the history-of-life collections at the museum and can also be enjoyed at home. The Fossils’ Tale explains why fossils are important, how they’re formed, and what they tell us about who walked this planet before us. The 96-page book contains detailed descriptions and beautiful photographs of museum exhibits and fossil specimens that tell the amazing tale of life on Earth over its four and a half billion year history.
$15 CAD with a cash or cheque contribution made to: Redpath Museum/McGill University. Shipping included. For book orders, contact sarah [dot] pimpaneau [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Sarah Pimpaneau) or call 514-398-4086 ext. 00549.