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The biodiversity of the Fraser River is featured at the Jan. 13 Faces of the Fraser event on Zoom.

The inaugural Faces of the Fraser event of 2022 will take a look at the biodiversity of the Fraser River.

Fraser River Discovery Centre is featuring Eric Taylor at its Faces of the Fraser session on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. Taylor is a zoology professor at the University of British Columbia and the director of the fish collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. 

“Dr. Taylor studies the patterns and processes that inform us of the origins and persistence of biodiversity,” said Stephen Bruyneel, FRDC’s director of external relations and development. “He then applies this knowledge to conservation efforts, including with respect to rivers like the Fraser.”

In the fall of 2021, Taylor released his new book, Rivers Run Through Us: A Natural and Human History of Great Rivers in North America. It profiles 10 major waterways across North America, inviting readers to consider how the physical nature of rivers has influenced the development of societies and ecosystems. 

“Dr. Taylor will share insights from his book and lead us in taking a closer look at the Fraser River and how its geography has been crucial to its incredible biodiversity,” Bruyneel said.  

This virtual Faces of the Fraser event is free, but a donation to the Fraser River Discovery Centre is recommended. To register and to get more information about the Zoom event, go to www.fraserriverdiscovery.org.  

Located at 788 Quayside Dr. on New Westminster’s waterfront, Fraser River Discovery Centre offers a variety of programs and exhibits related to the Mighty Fraser.

Follow Theresa McManus on Twitter @TheresaMcManus
Email tmcmanus@newwestrecord.ca

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