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Gold lobster

Last year I visited a local seafood store and brought home this live lobster: The Royal Canadian Mint had invited me to submit a coin design showing a Canadian lobster, …

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Sea Urchin spines

I recently had an opportunity to visit the Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratory on the campus of the University of Toronto. The lab houses an impressive collection of zoological specimens and …

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Stickleback Limerick

The Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, inhabits northern coastal streams in North America along both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Because the fish is so variable, some taxonomists have suggested that …

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A visit to the Rochester Shale

As I began to do research for my recent illustration showing Silurian environments of Ontario (see previous post), I soon came across the excellent website Primitive Worlds – a site …

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Mural of Ontario’s Silurian environments at Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre

May 25 EDIT: Please note, this Grand Reopening is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for a different date. I’ll post details when I know them. On June 6, the Giant’s …

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Fishes named after animals

Today I came across this article showing lovely photographs of 15 different animals that have been named after food. The fried-egg jellyfish is spectacular! I also think the pineapple fish …

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Taxonomist Appreciation Day: Use taxonomy to meet your hero? Ferdinando Boero did!

In 2003 I was illustrating animals for Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia; while doing research for the chapter on hydrozoans (relatives of  jellyfish), I learned that one of the species I …

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Great quote about art and science

Last weekend I visited the McMichael Collection with the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators to see the exhibit “Vanishing Ice.” As described in the promotional material, this exhibit “…offers …

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Danger! A beaver spies a wolf and warns others

The Royal Canadian Mint is now shipping this silver coin bearing my illustration of a beaver about to slap the water with its tail to warn other beavers in the …

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The Mottled Duskywing life cycle: one reason Your Camera Won’t Steal My Job

Last summer, a local scientist developing a recovery strategy for the endangered Mottled Duskywing butterfly (Erynnis martialis) commissioned me to illustrate the life cycle of the insect. Apparently these types …

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