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-Botany Section and Centre for Arctic Knowledge & Exploration, Research and Collections, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6P4 The Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Poster presented at ArcticNet Annual Science Meeting 2015, Vancouver, December 2015. Poster abstract book: pg. 81. Available from: http://www.arcticnetmeetings.ca/asm2015/docs/posters-abstracts.pdf (accessed 4 May 2016).
For over 100 years, the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) has been a leader in exploring and documenting the natural history and natural science of Canada’s Arctic, beginning in earnest with the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918. Today, the museum’s Centre for Arctic Knowledge & Exploration aims to transform people’s understanding of Canada’s Arctic and its importance to Canada as a country in the 21st century, and to position the CMN as a global museum leader in Arctic knowledge and exploration. The Centre for Arctic Knowledge & Exploration is an interdisciplinary hub that is dedicated to innovative and collaborative research, collections care, data sharing, public programs, exhibits, galleries, and supervision and mentoring of students. Generating new knowledge through research is one of the core mandates of the CMN, and current Arctic research programs focus on Arctic biodiversity in botany, phycology, palaeontology, and invertebrate and vertebrate zoology. Another core function of the museum is the collection, long-term preservation, stewardship and curation of specimens, facilitating physical and digital access to these specimens for research purposes, and using the collection to engage and educate the public about the world around them. The Canadian Museum of Nature, founding member of the international Arctic Natural History Museums Alliance, houses the largest - and continually growing - collection of natural history specimens from the Canadian Arctic, with ca. 260K Arctic specimens, including >550 type specimens, as well as the Nunavut archaeology collection. These collections represent a substantial component of the global Arctic natural history record of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Some 154K of our specimens from north of 60 degrees are digitized and freely accessible online (http://collections.nature.ca/en/Search). A signature project of the Canadian Museum of Nature is the development of a permanent gallery on Canada’s Arctic, which will open in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.