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New Women in Science Post

I recently had the good fortune to interview Dr. Kathy Bleiker, a research entomologist at Natural Resources Canada’s Pacific Forestry Centre, for my Women in Science Series over at Canadian Science Publishing. We discovered we have a lot in common, from both doing undergrad degrees in Geography at UVic (and wondering whether we should have…

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Fighting the War on Science Funding

In case you hadn’t heard, American geoscientists are in a fight for their (funding) lives, as the Republican-dominated Congress moves to make drastic cuts to geoscience budgets. From demanding that NASA focus more on space and less on earth observation, to creating their own definition of what constitutes ‘pure science’ – and thus which of…

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The Cowichan Garry Oak preserve

I’ve been wanting to visit the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve since we moved here, but as an endangered ecosystem it’s not open to the general public. We’d wandered the (short) boardwalk that protrudes a few hundred meters into the preserve from Maple Bay Road, but it wasn’t the same as…

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Creativity and diversity

I spent last weekend re-acquainting myself with the downtown streets of my adopted hometown, a city I moved to at 17 to attend university. At the time, I was excited to escape my small northern Alberta town and finally go somewhere where ideas were generated and people were interesting. It turns out I hated university.…