Evolution of shell morphology in freshwater mussels.

For the past year, I have been working with several colleagues to completely redesign our first year biology program at the University of Guelph. One of the aspects of the new “Discovering Biodiversity” course (which complements courses in human health and molecular and cellular biology) that I am most excited about is the use […]


We're going to need a bigger boat, says Ahab.

Woah.  Check out this huge whale: Behold Leviathan: the sperm whale that killed other whales (Not Exactly Rocket Science).

I wonder who would win in a fight, Leviathan or Megalodon?

Epic whale-eating contest!


Behind the scenes at the AMNH.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is one of the world’s premier natural history museums. I had the privilege of working there for a year as a postdoc, so I got to see a fair bit behind the scenes. Most people don’t get this opportunity, however, which is why it’s […]


Polar bears and climate change: shock and awe.

Over the top? Necessary and effective? You decide.

Polar Bear from Plane Stupid on Vimeo.

Hat tip: The Z-Letter


10,000 genomes.

Lots of genomes going to be sequenced. Some of the members of the group are colleagues at Guelph. Very cool. That is all.

Genome 10K: A Proposal to Obtain Whole-Genome Sequence for 10 000 Vertebrate Species

Genome 10K Community of Scientists

The human genome project has been recently complemented by whole-genome assessment sequence of […]


Evolver Zone.

Readers of this blog will soon notice some changes. This is because the Evolver Zone site has now been launched, and Genomicron will be fit within it. For now, it will remain a separate blog at this same location, but the look will be updated shortly. Meanwhile, have a look at the resource of […]


TravelBlogue, or How to live vicariously through one’s student.

The very first post here was called “My grad student made me do it“, and explained that a then-newly-arrived PhD student in my lab was a blogger and got me interested in blogging. He is still a blog author, and most recently has posted a very enjoyable series about his travels from more or […]


A pronounced affection for parasites.

According to Peter Olson of the Natural History Museum in London, “All free-living organisms host one or more parasites”. This can be taken two ways, both of them generally true: a) that each individual multicellular organism hosts at least one individual parasite within its body, and b) that each free-living species plays host to […]


Species-Scape: very cool, but…

Larry Moran directs us to have a look at Species-Scape at the Cornell website. It’s great.

But…

1. It has one group of “prokaryotes”, Kingdom Monera, which is pretty old school. (Same goes for “Protists“). You don’t like dividing the Archaea and Bacteria? Ok, but how about a note that many people now consider […]


Biodiversity databases.

The recent launch of the Encyclopedia of Life has generated quite a bit of excitement. It is my hope that advances such as this will help to make information about the millions of species that inhabit the planet accessible to everyone. It is the ultimate in open access science. In keeping with this, here […]