Nick Belliveau

Joined: Aug 30, 2017 Last Active: Oct 19, 2020

I am a Master of Science student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. My research focuses on the floral morphology of the plains pricklypear cactus (Opuntia polyacantha). I previously 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).

While my formal education has been primarily botanical, I consider myself to be more of a general naturalist. I am interested in any and all organisms, and try to pay attention to as many taxa as possible when I am out in nature.

Among my favourite taxa are:
-Terrestrial plants: Isoëtes, Equisetum, Selaginella, Viola, Lamiales, Caryophyllales
-Algae: Desmidiaceae, Bacillariophyceae, Cladophoraceae
-Protozoans and chromists: Arcellinida, Heliozoa, Cercozoa
-Fungi: Pucciniales, Nidulariaceae, Pezizales
-Insects: Curculionidae, Halictidae, Mutillidae, Chrysomelidae, Cerambycidae
-Arachnids: Gnaphosidae, Tetragnathidae, Thomisidae, Salticidae, Pseudoscorpiones, Ixodida
-"Other animals": Rotifera, Copepoda, Amphipoda, Spongillida, Nematoda
-Vertebrates: Sciuridae, Mustelidae, Cuculidae, Picidae, Hirundinidae, Parulidae

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

Je parle couramment le français / Eu falo um pouco de português

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