What better way to kick off 2021 than with the return of Nerd Nite Toronto?

We’ve been on hiatus due to *waves vaguely at the world around* but we’re back with virtual Nerd Nites starting January 28th 2021 at 7 PM.

We’ll be streaming to Facebook so all you’ll need to do is tune in at 7 PM on the 28th and get your nerd on!

Full details coming soon, but here’s what you can look forward to:

Talk # 1: Miniatures with Scott Moyle

Talk # 2: Adventures in Arctic Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature, by Paul Sokoloff

Scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature have been collecting plants and documenting botanical diversity in the Canadian Arctic for over 100 years. To this day, you can find their team spending their summers out on the tundra, digging up samples and pressing plants in field camps across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Once dry, these two-dimensional samples are added to the ever-growing National Herbarium of Canada, a library of flat plants continuing over one million herbarium sheets, and the best collection of Canadian Arctic Plants anywhere on the planet. These specimens form the physical backbone for plant biodiversity knowledge; by studying them researchers can answer questions about how many plant species occur in the Arctic, and where we can find them. Join us for this talk with Paul Sokoloff who will cover the past and present of Arctic plant research at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Paul Sokoloff is a Senior Research Assistant in botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and a member of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska Project. Paul has participated in nine Arctic expeditions with the museum and worked on various projects cataloging plant diversity. In the quest for science, he’s had his clothes stolen in southern Labrador, flipped over a canoe full of samples in New Brunswick’s Jacquet River, and hiked to the top of McGill Mountain on Ellesmere Island while wearing rubber boots. But he has also had some incredible opportunities to document the biodiversity of Inuit Nunangat in Canada, which he will share in this talk.

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Be there and be square!