Toward a Flora and Fauna of Galiano Island

In 2020 our community will formalize the results of the last century of biodiversity research on Galiano Island, BC, with a series of taxonomic data papers summarizing the island’s flora and fauna. The proposed series will document over 3,600 species across most major phylogenetic branches of the tree of life.

Sources of biodiversity data are various, from biological specimens accessioned in natural history collections to private list records and iNaturalist observations. We will consider the relative contributions of each source of data to our current knowledge, critically evaluating the reliability of reports made through the combined efforts of academic researchers, conservationists and citizen scientists.

Galiano Island is part of an archipelago that spans the Canada–USA border, falling in the rain shadow of mountains on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, USA. This sheltered subregion of the Salish Sea has a semi-Mediterranean climate supporting some of Canada’s most imperiled ecosystems, which provide habitat for the highest density of species-at-risk in British Columbia. To set our dataset into context, local diversity will be considered in relation to the diversity represented in the broader regional species pool, providing a baseline for future research in this region of global conservation concern.

This initiative has enlisted more than 30 taxonomic specialists in a review of the island dataset.

Contributing authors are listed below.

Contributing Authors


Steve Joya

Terry McIntosh

Olivia Lee

Randal Mindell

Daniel Tucker


Quentin Cronk

Marta Donovan

Jamie Fenneman

David Giblin

Harvey Janszen

Hannah Marx

Alexander Wright


Shannon Berch

Rene Zich


Trevor Goward

Troy McMullin

Randal Mindell


Pam Janszen


Libby Avis

James Miskelly


Rob Cannings


James Miskelly


Darren Copley

Michael Hoebel


Karen Harris

Curator: Andrew Simon

Editors: Andrew Simon and Brian Starzomski

Computer Scientists: Antranig Basman and Charlie Gibbs