16 February 2011

Forests of New Brunswick – NBM Curator Talk February 17 at 7pm


Join Dr. Stephen Clayden, New Brunswick Museum Curator of Botany, and learn about the diversity and uniqueness of New Brunswick’s Forests, 7 p.m., Thursday, February 17 at the NBM. In celebration of UNESCO International Year of Forests, Dr. Clayden will present an overview of the diversity of New Brunswick’s forests and will highlight the region’s rainforests, the distinctive fog-influenced coastal and montane forests of eastern Canada. Dr. Clayden’s presentation will feature the history, significant features, and conservation of the province’s wealth of wooded areas.

Dr. Clayden is head of the Botany and Mycology section at the New Brunswick Museum. He has many years of experience in field research, conservation, and public education in eastern Canada. He is one of the very few Canadian scientists specializing in the study of lichens, a group of organisms well known as sensitive indicators of environmental quality. His long-term research focuses on the diversity, distributions, and conservation of the lichens of Atlantic Canada. In recent years, the NBM has become a leading regional centre for study of these organisms, and other groups of flora and fauna.

Dr. Clayden was among the expert contributors to the recently launched book, Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. Co-edited by NBM Curator of Zoology, Dr. Donald McAlpine and Dr. Ian Smith of Agriculture Canada, this publication is the first comprehensive overview of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone, comprising New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of Quebec. Dr. Clayden also was a contributor to the book, Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation; the chapter by Clayden and colleagues supports recognition of the eastern Canada’s distinctive fog-influenced coastal and montane forests as rainforests.

Learn more about the Forests of New Brunswick on February 17, 2011 at 7pm at the NBM Exhibition Centre. Free Admission as part of Free February at the NBM!

For further information:

Caitlin Griffiths
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New Brunswick Museum
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