Biodiversity

BioDivDB

Welcome to the BMSC Biodiversity Database

  • This database supports research and teaching at BMSC.
  • Data covers the period 1972 to present, and include information about plants and animals in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments of Barkley Sound.
  • Animals collected for research or teaching must be recorded in this database.
  • Noteworthy observations, both positive and negative, are encouraged.

Alternatively, print and fill out the PDF (link below) and submit a hard copy, or scan and email to the Animal Care Coordinator.


BMSC Herbarium

The herbarium includes plants from Barkley Sound, in addition to a few international algae specimens. The collection includes algae, vascular plants, lichens, moss, and fungi. Most specimens were collected during the late 1960s, as BMSC was being established. Students and researches continue to add specimens, helping to establish a baseline of biodiversity in Barkley Sound.

In addition, BMSC holds a copy of:

Phycotheca Boreali-Americana: A collection of dried specimens of the algae of North America.  1895 to 1919.


BMSC Zoology Museum

The Zoology Museum includes primarily fish and invertebrates of Barkley Sound. Most are preserved in jars. There is also a collection of dry mollusc shells and marine mammal teeth.  Students and researchers continue to contribute specimens, helping establish a baseline of biodiversity in Barkley Sound.


Biodiversity Links

Provides fisheries and environmental resources in order to help implement sustainable practices in the marine environment.

Archipelago Marine Research

A database of DNA barcode sequences, which can assist with identifying and classifying unknown samples.

Barcode of Life Database

Generates a list of species found in a geographic area of BC or of a certain conservation status. Also provides information about a particular species or ecosystem.

BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer

A free e-book that introduces conservation biology, biodiversity, ecosystems, and climate change – in a way that is accessible to a wide audience

Conservation Biology for All (ebook)

An online biogeographic atlas of flora found in BC.

Flora BC

An online encyclopedia which provides information about living species of all kinds, with an ultimate goal to gather information about 1.9 million species.

Encyclopedia of Life

A global species database particularly for fish species. Information can be located based on country, ecosystem, physiology, life history, and many other criteria.

FishBase

Provides spatial information about fish, wildlife, and ecosystems of BC through a map-based tool. Requires Microsoft Silverlight to run.

HabitatWizard

A database of taxonomic information for various species – North American species in particular.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System – ITIS

A classification database for many organisms – specifically, those covered by public sequence databases.

NCBI Taxonomy

An e-book containing photos and information about sculpins from the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest Sculpins (pdf)

A photo gallery of the identifying features of phytoplankton from the American West Coast (Washington, Oregon, California).

Phytoplankton ID (pdf)

The World Register of Marine Species aims to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.

WoRMS