A relatively small number of specific scientific projects of the Survey are carefully
chosen because of their scientific importance in understanding the fauna, as well as their
current feasibility. For more current project updates please refer to the Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods).
Active projects of the Biological Survey of Canada include:
Arthropods of Canadian grasslands
The arthropods of Canadian grasslands are surprisingly inadequately known.
This hinders the understanding of the fauna of the centre of the continent
in general, and in particular an understanding of the origin and setting
of the faunas of present day agricultural lands. Among other elements, the
project aims to identify sites that represent "undisturbed"
grassland habitats, and characterize their faunas (in selected groups) for
comparison with the fauna of modified range and crop habitats. See also
project page on this website
annual BSC BioBlitz location is chosen to help increase the
scientific knowledge of the arthropods of an area. Curation Blitzes are also held to encourage members of the entomological community to gather at an under-curated collection and assess and identify the material See the BioBlitz page for more information and reports from past BioBlitzes.
Journal of Arthropod Identification
The Biological Survey of Canada has launched a
new e-journal devoted to the publication of works that contribute
significantly to the recognition and documentation of Canada's arthropod
fauna. The Canadian
Journal of Arthropod Identification is a modular, regional, and
fully reviewed e-journal of the Biological Survey of Canada. It is a significant source of expert-authored taxonomic reviews and associated digital identification tools. It is a cost-effective and universally available tool for rapid arthropod identification, meeting user demand while providing authors with a unique opportunity to contribute to a growing body of digital identification tools by sharing their regional taxonomic expertise. We encourage the submission of digital keys and associated products that facilitate the identification of arthropod groups that include Canadian species. The Canadian
Journal of Arthropod Identification is fully reviewed to ensure uniformly high standards.
arthropods of Newfoundland and Labrador
fauna of Newfoundland is of particular interest in a Canadian context as a
boreal fauna that includes mainly postglacial immigration from the mainland.
A complete treatment of the arthropod fauna is being developed from new collecting and
study of existing collections and literature. See also the Terrestrial
arthropods of Newfoundland and Labrador project page on this website.
interests of the Survey include:
other projects, for example on aquatic insects of freshwater wetlands, arthropods of
Canadian peatlands, arthropods of springs, seasonal adaptations and insects of the Yukon have evolved to staging points that allow
the Survey to be less actively involved. The results of these projects, as well as work
from continuing projects, are summarized in various scientific
publications by the Survey.