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    I now have a Moodle learning site set up through Ninehub.com and chose a site name: http://jacbird.freewebclass.com I chose a theme by clicking on Appearance → Themes → Theme Selector, and a fully functional Moodle site was ready!   My next stop was browsing through the Moodle documentation for teachers, located here: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Getting_started_for_teachers You can [...]

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    This is my course paper on the skunk cabbage genus Lysichiton, describing it’s Western North American / East Asian disjunct distribution. Please view the PDF for the time being, until I can manage to convert it over to an HTML blog format.  Sometime soon, I promise!

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    One of the interesting things I learned about in the phytogeography course was that there was a glacial refugium right here in B.C., located on the Brooks Peninsula of Vancouver Island (see point A on the map). So I wondered, how was it determined that this was a glacial refugium, and what evidence was taken [...]

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    The following survey was created as part of an action assignment for a conservation biology course at SFU. edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/784813/Household-Items-Recycling-Survey The goal of this survey is to provide you with some easily accessible information on how to recycle some common household items.  And also, to find out what might be stopping or blocking you from recycling [...]

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    Cycads are gymnosperms arising from an ancient lineage, and are considered to be the most primitive of the living seed-bearing plants (Norstog 1997, Jones 2002).  Certain aspects of their biology and life cycle, are combining with human activities to push them to the edge of extinction (Norstog 1997, Jones 2002, Terry 2008). Cycads have been [...]

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    Fig Wasp and Nematode Interaction: This 1993 David Herre paper discusses how increased opportunities for parasite transmission will promote the evolution of increased virulence. This is in contrast to the usual assumption that parasites and other disease-producing organisms tend to evolve benign relationships with their hosts. The model system used to demonstrate this point is [...]

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    I am now venturing into the unknown abyss of being a self-employed technical writer and web content consultant and editor. In addition to working for clients as a technical writer, web content editor and offering audio transcription services, I will also be offering a whole suite of Web and SEO / Social Media products and [...]

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    It’s no secret that the habitat of our more Northern creatures is declining due to increases in overall temperature. It is also true that in the history of the earth, there have been closings and openings of waterways and formation and then subsequent retreat of glacial ice sheets; however, it is the rate at which [...]

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  • 05/06/14--15:42: Information and Services
  • Welcome to MASIT (Medical and Scientific Information Technology), the website and blog for Jacquie – a Vancouver technical writer and web content specialist. Please read my blog postings below, or check out my services and skills listed here. For further information, please contact me at admin @ masit.ca – enjoy!

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    There are very many different types of wildflowers along the west coast of British Columbia (also including farther north and south). Some are just interesting to look at because they are unique and beautiful. Others have medicinal properties and/or are edible. They have long-standing uses by the native aboriginal peoples, and it is estimated that [...]

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  • 05/12/15--18:23: New Ideas for Blog Postings!
  • I enjoy spreading the word about interesting science, and I’m hoping to delve into some subjects that I’m not as familiar with this year, such as physics and astronomy. Here is your opportunity to give me some of your own ideas for science-based blog posts! Write to me at admin @ masit.ca if you have

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    Tofino is known for its great surfing beaches and community, but there are also some fabulous places to hike. One such place is the Big Tree Trail located on Meares Island about half a kilometre across the water from Tofino. This trail features some of the largest and oldest Western red cedar trees in the

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    It is often easy to ignore the effects of climate change when those effects don’t have a direct impact on your immediate surroundings. However, if you take a closer look at the more northern habitats, you will see how climate change is affecting both the local tundra ecosystems and the animals who call that area

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