BEN # 255

Adolf Ceska aceska at
Thu Aug 31 03:36:31 EST 2000

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No. 255                              August 31, 2000

aceska at                Victoria, B.C.
 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

From: Stephen Darbyshire [stephen at]

Ivan  John  Bassett was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on 27th Sep-
tember 1921 but spent much of his early life at Cannington, near
Toronto, Ontario. After service  with  the  Royal  Canadian  Air
Force  as a Radar technician during the years 1941-1945 (much of
which was spent  at  Gibraltar),  he  returned  to  Ontario  and
received  a  B.A. degree from the University of Toronto in 1948.
He joined the Weed Unit of the Botany and Plant Pathology  Divi-
sion,  Canadian  Department of Agriculture (Ottawa) in 1948. His
studies of Canadian weeds have taken him from  Nova  Scotia  and
Newfoundland  to British Columbia. His major taxonomic interests
have been in the families  Plantaginaceae,  Chenopodiaceae,  and
Urticaceae  wherein  many weedy species are to be found. In 1964
John had an opportunity to conduct pollen morphological  studies
with  Richard  West  and Harry Godwin at Cambridge University in
England. His pollen morphological  studies  have  been  in  such
families  as Caprifoliaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Tamaricaceae, Plan-
taginaceae, Polygonaceae, and Leguminosae (_Trifolium_). Studies
of airborne pollen across Canada resulted in the annual publica-
tion  Canadian Havens from Hay Fever and in the book An Atlas of
Airborne Pollen Grains and Common Spores of Canada.  He  was  an
author  of  many  other  taxonomic monographs on important weedy
plant groups.

John continued a productive career in spite of a long  and  hard
battle  with  multiple  sclerosis.  He died at the Perley Rideau
Veterans Health Centre (Ottawa) on 7th August 2000.

A list of his botanical publications may be seen at


Competition RB2000:8231
CDN $41,374 - 47,293
Heritage Resource Officer 4

The Royal British Columbia Museum is seeking  a  Botany  Curator
who  will  report  to  the  Manager, Natural History. The Botany
Curator will plan, develop and  guide  research  and  collection
projects  in  Botany, plan and participate in public programming
and  interpretation  through  exhibit  planning.  Scholarly  and
popular writing as well as public speaking will be required.

Qualifications  -  M.Sc.  in biology or equivalent; demonstrated
knowledge and four to five years experience in angiosperm  iden-
tification;  demonstrated  several  years  experience  in  filed
collections; proven and demonstrated ability and  experience  in
making  oral and written presentations at both popular and tech-
nical levels. Prior to applying you must contact Terry  Lawrence
(250-367-2267) for a complete list of duties and qualifications.

Closing location:
   Personnel Services, Royal British Columbia Museum
   675 Belleville Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9W2
   Fax: 250-953-4336

Closing date: September 13, 2000

From: Jan Leps <suspa at>

We  would  like to announce a course on multivariate statistical
analysis, explained in the context of community and  population-
level  ecology.  We  will run it in January 2001, as in the pre-
vious two years [see BEN 201],  but  otherwise  there  are  some
important  changes  from  the  previous years. You can read more
about it on the dedicated WWW pages at:

The course capacity is limited to 18 seats, but some are already

   Petr Smilauer & Jan Leps
   University of South Bohemia
   CZ-370 05 Ceske Budejovice
   Czech Republic

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