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

BRYOPHYTES

Steve Joya

Terry McIntosh

Olivia Lee

Randal Mindell

Daniel Tucker

VASCULAR PLANTS

Quentin Cronk

Marta Donovan

Jamie Fenneman

David Giblin

Harvey Janszen

Hannah Marx

Alexander Wright

MACROFUNGI

Shannon Berch

Rene Zich

LICHENS

Trevor Goward

Troy McMullin

Randal Mindell

MYXOMYCETES

Pam Janszen

LEPIDOPTERA

Libby Avis

James Miskelly

ODONATA

Rob Cannings

ORTHOPTERA

James Miskelly

BIRDS

Darren Copley

Michael Hoebel

MAMMALS

Karen Harris

Curator: Andrew Simon

Editors: Andrew Simon and Brian Starzomski

Computer Scientists: Antranig Basman and Charlie Gibbs