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Disappearing Act Vice President Research and International, Office of the 2009

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nullInullDInullRnullInull RnullnullARnull11 FAnullnullnullnullnullnullR nullnullA commitment to both discovery and education places the nulleaty nulliodiversity Centre in a uninulle position to safeguard our natural heritage by bringing together outstanding researchers, enullceptional facilities, and the public to better understand and help arrest threats to biodiversity.The new Centre is a null0nullillion complenullthat includes the nulliodiversity nullesearch Centre, an interdisciplinary academic unit at nullC that connects more than null internationally renowned scientists dedicated to the study of biodiversity through research enullloring the enullcts of climate change, pollution, habitat destruction, and other threats to survival. nulle nullesearch Centre is a new focal point for researchers who study biodiversity to pool their collective insights, with the goal of better understanding the enullsting diversity of life, the factors that led to its evolution, and the presentnullay risks faced by species and ecosystems,nullsays evolutionary biologist nullarah nulltto, who directs the Centre. nulloupling the nullesearch Centre with the nulleaty nulliodiversity nulluseum allows us an opportunity to engage the community at large, facilitating an appreciation for biodiversity and its importance to our wellnulleing.nullThe nulleaty nulliodiversity nulluseum holds sinulluninulle collections nullee sidebar on page nullnull nullen the nulluseum opens its doors in nullnull, the public will be able to enulllore nullC’s spectacular biological collections through a combination of museum enullibits, discovery labs, educators’ resources, and public presentations. nullore than two million specimens of plants, insects, nullh, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils showcase stunning natural history, both local and global. nullor enullmple, a specimen of fossilinulled bluenullreen algae represents the oldest evidence of life on nullrth and visitors will be able to sneak a peek at newly discovered nullmping spiders from nullapua nullew nulluinea. nullis is the nullst time in nullC’s history that these collections are coming together under one umbrella,nullsays nulleannette nullitton, nullsociate nullrofessor of nulltany and nullirector of the nullC nullerbarium, which is based at the nulluseum and is home to the world’s largest assortment of nullC. plants. nulle interdisciplinary approach nullf the nulluseumnullgives nullC an incredible edge towards strengthening research enullrts related to biodiversity threats.nullThe world’s biodiversity is vanishing at an alarming rate, with one bird out of eight, one conifer out of four, and one amphibian out of three threatened with enullinction, according to the nullnternational nullnion for Conservation of nullature. nullnulle have an opportunity for our collections to become a community nullwel,nullsays nullitton. nulle public needs to witness this diversity nullstnulland to understand the value of protecting it.nullnullitton believes the nulleaty nulliodiversity nulluseum is wellnullpositioned to facilitate the research of biodiversity scientists worldwide. nullientists from other universities have regularly borrowed specimens – formerly housed in various sites on campus – for research activities such as enullracting nullnullfrom a rare plant specimen dried null0 years ago. nulleference specimens are also used to identify suspected contraband materials seinulled at the border. nulln addition, nullC investigators are involved in national and international research partnerships. The nullerbarium is currently partnering with other institutions to combine data from herbarium and insect collections in Canada. The ambitious Canadensys pronullct, funded by the Canada nulloundation for nullnnovation, will give decisionnullakers unprecedented access to biodiversity data through  a nulleb portal.nullith its members working to decipher local and global challenges in maintaining biodiversity, the nulleaty nulliodiversity Centre demonstrates nullC’s commitment to research enullcellence and to open community dialogue on issues of public concern. nullanullr funding for the nulleaty nulliodiversity Centre has come from the Canada nulloundation for nullnnovation, the nullovernment of nullritish Columbia and a gift from nullC alumni nulloss and nullrisha nulleaty. nullpecies enullinction is occurring at an unprecedented rate, and nullding solutions renullires a blend of insightful research and public engagement.  The nulleaty nulliodiversity Centre provides a new home for both.nullInullDInullRnullInull RnullnullARnull12

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