Many Hands Make a Mitey Webpage

Many Hands Make a Mitey Webpage

I would like to announce the completion of a massive update of the UBC Biodiversity Research Center Mites and Microarthropods Webpage. The major task of the update was adding 158 new microarthropod species to the database that were identified as part of my Masters research and the research of Youhua Chen and Jiichiro Yoshimoto. This task involved drawing and photographing all of these species in 3 views (dorsal, ventral and side), as well as deciding what menu or grouping of…

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Pitilla on Youtube

Pitilla on Youtube

Check out these wonderful videos featuring our Costa Rican friends and colleagues explaining the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste! I can especially recommend iACG (Roger and Petrona), Parataxónomos y Parataxónomas (Cali, Petrona and Freddy in Pitilla!) and Programa de Sectores (Javier, Biporro and Nuriega).

The message is clear

The message is clear

Natural communities, complex and context-dependent as they like to be,  make it hard for ecologists to reach consensus about even the most fundamental questions. But, although a rare case,  this IS sometimes possible, and scientist can get together and send out a loud and clear message to the public and decision makers.  In a recent article published in Nature, B. Cardinale and collegues (with Diane included!), were able to summarize the evidence from the last 20 years of research on…

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Keeping up with the tiny world: Protozoa in pitcher plants!

Keeping up with the tiny world: Protozoa in pitcher plants!

Oh stability and diversity, one day we’ll figure you out.  This recent study by Miller and terHost looked at bacteria, ciliates, protozoa and rotifers in our Lab’s study organism’s cousins: pitcher plants.  Top-down and bottom up forces seem to be switching roles shaping communities as succession takes place. Once agaian, the only constant trend is change!      

MiteMaster

MiteMaster

Congratulations to Genn! After counting 29,000 and something mites over the last two years she successfully defended her Master thesis this week. She is now the new (and possible only) Master of Mites! Well done, we are so proud of you.