Aug. 27 & 28, 2011
Come down to the White Rock Museum + Archives and meet Dr. Melissa Frey, curator and marine invertebrate expert from the Royal BC Museum. Join Dr. Frey for an interesting and informative talk on the Aliens Among Us exhibit, followed by an interpretive walk along the White Rock beach. Don’t miss this opportunity to uncover Alien species in British Columbia and find out what YOU can do to help protect our natural heritage. Talks will be held Saturday and Sunday at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. Admission is free. Please call the museum at 604.541.2222 to register.
Dr. Melissa Frey has a PhD from the University of California Davis. Her areas of expertise include Marine, freshwater and terrestrial gastropods (snails or slugs). Dr. Frey’s interests lie in discovering how species are related through taxonomy, understanding patterns of distribution of different species across a landscape through biogeography and exploration of non-native or alien species. Early in June, Dr. Frey partnered with the City of White Rock to hang settling plates off the pier in the hopes of catching some local alien species.
Oct. 5, 2011
Would you like an exciting opportunity to explore alien species in British Columbia with your students? If you or your students are concerned with the future stability of our ecosystems and the preservation of our natural heritage, this school centered visit is a great opportunity!
On October 5, 2011, Dr. Gavin Hanke, curator at the Royal BC Museum will be in White Rock to give short interactive presentations to school groups. If the environment or biodiversity are a part of your curriculum, this educational, informative and fun talk offers a unique chance to interact with one of the leading experts on Alien, exotic and invasive species in British Columbia. We invite teachers and their students to check out this great interactive online exhibition all about the Aliens Among Us provided by the Royal BC Museum.
We invite teachers and their students to check out this great interactive online exhibition all about the Aliens Among Us provided by the Royal BC Museum.
Dr. Gavin Hanke is a curator of vertebrates (animals with backbones) at the Royal BC museum. He is an expert on fish, both living and extinct, reptiles and amphibians and has conducted research on the sources of exotic species that appear in British Columbia. Dr. Hanke has partnered with the Ministry of Environment to collect and monitor living vertebrates in BC. He utilizes biogeography to understand the distribution of species across our landscape. He is interested in the contribution of the pet trade, angling and live food fish industries to the alien species we find in our ecosystems.