On Thursday February 5th and Friday February 6th a number of us including grad student and Society for Conservation Biology volunteers, began the enormous job of moving the Fowler Herbarium from the basement of the Biosciences Complex to its new home in the Jessie Deslauriers Centre for Biology at QUBS. With 144,000 specimens and some cabinets weighing in at over 200 kgs it was a daunting task. There was a trip on each of Thursday and Friday with a fully-loaded rental truck > 8 metres long.
On Saturday January 24th 18 students from the Queen's BIOL202 class (Diversity of Life II) visited QUBS to learn how to sample and identify benthic invertebrates from Lake Opinicon. Each had a chance to use an Ekman sampler lowered through holes that had been cut onto the ice by Manager Frank Phelan and Assistant Manager Andrew Rodmell. Michele Nicholson (Arnott Lab) and Barb Vanderbeld (BIOL202 Instructor) supervised the activities, including helping students search through the resulting sediment samples.
Once again we have assembled a calendar using photos from researchers, students and staff of QUBS and Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Price is $20 per calendar (plus postage if applicable) with the modest proceeds generated going to QUBS operation. Email Steve Lougheed or visit him in person Room 4428 Biosciences.
As our new herbarium/library building nears completion, it is well that we gratefully and publically acknowledge oor donor Jessie Deslauriers (Queen's University Artsci’87, Artsci’91). A very nice article on Jessie has appeared in the Queen's Gazette, with a photo of the new building nearing completion.
On Sunday October 26th Queen's PhD student Mingzhi Qu and Professor Yuxianf Wang brought a small drone to QUBS to take some still shots and videos from the air of the Queen's University Biological Station peninsula with all of its buildings, including the new library/herbarium. These are a few of the images that were captured. Videos will be posted are on our Youtube Channel.
QUBS featured at 2014 American Fisheries Society Conference in Quebec City
A special symposium titled “A retrospective of fisheries advances emanating from the Queen’s University Biological Station” was held Monday Aug 18. Seven presentations covered a range of topics, from the foundations of community ecology laid by the late Dr. J. Allen Keast to more recent and current research:
Construction of our new library/herbarium building began in July.
Open House 2014
Our 44th Annual Open House is this Sunday June 22nd from noon to 3 pm. We will have student and researcher displays, live animals, and facility tours. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!
Research done by Western University researchers reveals that song complexity, learned early in life, relates to innate extra-cellular immunity in song sparrows.
QUBS Director Stephen Loughed is using the J. Allen Keast Field Biology International Exchange Fund to explore field stations and diversity of Australia.