Community Connections


Frame/Shift: Bringing together art and science to support community-based research

June 23, 2019 —   By Casey Nicholls, Volunteer Writer   The scientific method was created so that knowledge could be gained through observations by repeated testing. Due to the strict adherence to this method, scientific research tends to be categorized through a fairly narrow lens which keeps certain voices from being heard. Community-based knowledge and Indigenous worldviews have often been excluded from research...

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Bee hotel for solitary bees


October 26, 2018 — Bees@School Around the world, there are 180,000 plant species and more than 1,200 crops that need pollinators to help with pollination. Pollinators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and include birds, bats, ants, flies, moths, wasps, butterflies, beetles, small mammals, and of course, bees. Canada is home to more than 700 native species of bees making them our...

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Northwest Territories landscape, local people, and researchers

Community-driven research North of 60

September 21, 2018 — Community-driven research North of 60 In 2014, 3.4 million hectares of forest land burned across the Northwest Territories at a cost of $56.1 million. In comparison, the 20-year average for the territory is 570,000 hectares of land burned costing ~$7.5 million a year. The main culprit for the scale of the 2014 fires were climate change and very dry conditions,...

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Arboretum Centre full of people, BioBus, cricket snacks, blue scorpion

Guelph Bug Day 2018

September 5, 2018 — Guelph Bug Day 2018 Several members of BiRN were among the 50 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers who organized and ran the second annual Guelph Bug Day held on Sunday August 27, 2018. This free educational event seeks to help foster a fascination for insects, spiders, and the like, and to teach people how important bugs are in maintaining biodiverse...

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Prairie grassland by Aleksandra Dolezal

A unique view on production - Working with producers to grow more than food

June 21, 2018 — A unique view on production - working with producers to grow more than food   By Annalisa Mazzorato, M.Sc. Candidate Although prairie grasslands cover approximately 20% of the Earth's land surface, they are currently a rare landscape in Canada occupying only <1% of their prior range (Conant, Paustian, & Elliott, 2001; Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 2015; Ward et...

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Birch forest and sunset

Collaborating with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

May 3, 2018 — Working with Indigenous communities has interested Dr. Neil Rooney since 2006, when he began post-doctoral studies with Dr. Stephen Crawford at the University of Guelph helping to develop fish habitat management plans for First Nations communities.  In 2009, he accepted his current faculty position in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, a position that is sponsored through a...

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Costa Rican school child with onlookers, photo by Lindsa Fendt

Discovering new species of wasps in Costa Rica

April 12, 2018 — Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica is home to a vast diversity of insects – 20 of which are now named after Costa Rican school children thanks in part to Dr. Alex Smith in the department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph.  Dr. Smith was part of a team that discovered, described, and named the previously unknown species...

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