Nick Belliveau

Unido: 30.ago.2017 Última actividad: 18.sep.2019

I am a Master of Science student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. My research focuses on the pollination biology of the plains pricklypear cactus (Opuntia polyacantha). I recently completed my honours B.Sc. in biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I also worked there in the summer of 2018 on a project to digitize the Dalhousie Herbarium (DAL): https://www.dal.ca/news/2018/08/07/a-century-of-specimens.html

I am mainly interested in plants (particularly the Caryophyllales, Isoëtales, Myrtales). I have also taken a liking to birds, insects (especially the Odonata, Lepidoptera, Heteroptera and Orthoptera), arachnids, freshwater sponges and bivalves, and microbial animals and algae.

Moreover, I try to find species which have yet to be recorded on iNat. I have made the first observation on iNat for a handful of species, such as Corvospongilla novaeterrae, Osbeckia lanata and Ratnadvipia irradians. Currently, my top three most wanted species are Isoëtes acadiensis, Anthoceros macounii and Rubus segnis.

Most of my photos are taken with a Nikon D5300 with a 18-55mm or 70-300mm lens. I use a Wild Heerbrugg M11 monocular microscope (circa 1950's) for microbial organism observations.

"A practical botanist will distinguish at the first glance the plant of the different quarters of the globe and yet will be at a loss to tell by what marks he detects them." - Carolus Linnæus

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