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BSc (UWO), HBSc (UWO),
PhD (Laval)

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
and
Faculty of Education
University of Ottawa

Science Education and
Science Communication
(Ecology, Evolution and
Environmental Science)

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Professeur adjoint

Département de biologie
Faculté des sciences
et
Faculté de l’Éducation
Université d’Ottawa

Pédagogie scientifique et communication scientifique
(Écologie, Évolution et Sciences
Environnementales)

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Doc Brown’s Bugs

Ever since I was an undergraduate student of Biology way back in the Paleozoic Era of the 1990s, I have had a passion for the study, collection and preservation of insects.  Recently, I have begun displaying them more publicly in museums, bars and restaurants.

We have been raising some insects at home as part of this project, including some beautiful silk moths from the Saturniidae family, including the iconic Luna, Cecropia, Polyphemus, Columbia and Cynthia moths.  This has also been a wonderful way for us as a family to enjoy an intimate glimpse into the lives and lifecycles of insects in our garage and a favourite past-time for myself and my son Nelson to enjoy together.

Recently, I have begun working with the Canadian Museum of Nature to prepare insect displays for exhibits within the museum, as well as to provide high quality natural history gifts for children participating in the Young Naturalists program and for sale in the gift shop.

As I build our collection at home from the silk moths in the garage, grasshoppers raised in our garden, some large beetles that had lived in the Museum of Nature, as well as some more exotic insects that I have collected and ordered from around the world, there is more and more demand to display them publicly in some of Ottawa’s local food and drink establishments.  We recently had an exhibit at the Hintonburg Public House in Ottawa and look forward to upcoming exhibits at Wilf & Ada’s Diner/Arlington 5, The Manx and Pressed.  Stay tuned for information about upcoming exhibits and please get in touch if you are interested in hosting an exhibit at your establishment or would like to purchase some framed insects for yourself or others!