McAbee fossil beds shed light on climate interaction

Paleontologist Dr. Bruce Archibald will give a presentation at the Scout Island Nature Centre on June 6 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Paleontologist Dr. Bruce Archibald will give a presentation at the Scout Island Nature Centre on June 6 starting at 7:30 p.m.

His topic is: “Why are there more species in the tropics? The view from a fossil fly’s eye.”

Dr. Archibald is a paleontologist who studies fossil insect communities to understand how climate and communities interact.

Since earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Simon Fraser and a Ph.D. in paleontology from Harvard.

He will talk about his work examining insects of the world-famous McAbee fossil beds near Cache Creek.

Dr. Archibald recently presented this talk to the Vancouver Paleontology Society, and now it’s coming to Scout Island, says events co-ordinator Jenny Noble.

“His studies of fossil insect communities help us to better understand the ancient world and show how life is organized in the modern world,” Noble says.

“By looking back in time through the lens of paleontology, he is shedding light on how global patterns of biodiversity, climate and geography are connected.

“This is a don’t miss it presentation.”