Research Portal

Research forms a key part of the mission of the Royal BC Museum. Staff and associates engage in subject specific projects anchored in the museum’s diverse collections, often in partnership with community cultural authorities, academic specialists, government and NGOs. Focusing on important historical and contemporary questions – our collective research advances knowledge of British Columbia’s biodiversity, evolutionary science and human history.

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Royal British Columbia Museum researchers are involved in many ongoing research projects, often in partnership with colleagues and communities from British Columbia and around the world. 

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Featured Researcher: 

Dr Henry Reiswig, 1936–2020

Henry Reiswig was born in Minnesota but grew up in the San Francisco area.  He completed his early studies at the University of California, Berkeley and went on to get his PhD at Yale University. He served as a professor of Biology at McGill University and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Redpath Museum in Montreal from 1972 until his (official) retirement in 2001.  After ‘retirement’, he relocated to Victoria and stayed active in his field, taking up voluntary appointments at the University of Victoria and the Royal BC Museum.  His career as marine biologist, professor, mentor, and lifelong lover of the natural world has left behind an incredible legacy and he is sorely missed by the global scientific community.

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Featured Articles: 

Nature during COVID
Dr. Henry Choong - October 22, 2020

Response behaviour of native lizards and invading wall lizard to interspecific scent: implications for invasion success
Dr. Gavin Hanke - July 10, 2020

Checklist of the spiders (Araneae) of British Columbia
Dr. Claudia Copley - July 7, 2020

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