Dr. Gavin Hanke

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology

Gavin Hanke joined the Royal BC Museum in 2004 after working at the Manitoba Museum and teaching in universities. Much of Gavin’s published work is based on his PhD which focused on fossil fishes (acanthodians and early shark-like fishes) of northwestern Canada from the Lower Devonian. He has described and named 10 new fossil fish species, and has another six new species descriptions still to publish.

Gavin has many publications, including two chapters in the Naturalist’s Guide to the Victoria Region, and 28 species entries in Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife (2001), both aimed at a general audience.

Gavin also works with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to document marine fish distributions, and is working on a series of papers detailing many new species records and species range extensions along our coast. Gavin also works with the BC Ministry of Environment to collect and monitor exotic vertebrates, with a special interest in the role of the pet trade, angling industry and importation of live food fishes as a source of exotic/invasive animals.

Education

PhD, University of Alberta, 2001

MSc, University of Manitoba, 1996

BSc, MSc, University of Manitoba, 1991

Areas of Interest

Specialty: Biogeography and biology of fishes; palaeoichthyology

Areas of Expertise: Fishes, extant and extinct

Exotic/invasive animals and the role of the pet trade in species introductions

Amphibian and reptile biology and biogeography

Contact Dr. Gavin Hanke

Email: ghanke@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Latest Articles

Orca Abscessed

July 18, 2018 11:45 am

Nitinat (T12A) was a well known Orca along the BC coast. Born in 1982, he was a fixture along the BC coast and […]

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Gabelschwanz-Eidechse

July 18, 2018 11:44 am

I don’t know if the title of this article is an accurate way to say fork-tailed lizard in German, but the Gabelschwanz-Teufel – […]

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Lost Soles

June 18, 2018 10:54 am

In museum collections, space is critical. We can’t waste space. Every millimeter of shelving is critical. If you can arrange cabinets more efficiently, […]

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Lacertophagy

June 6, 2018 1:03 pm

I have said before that European Wall Lizards (Podarcis muralis) will eat smaller conspecifics – there are a few photos online from elsewhere […]

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Science is Serious

May 24, 2018 11:48 am

Or if you are an astronomer, then your science is Sirius. If you are a geologist, then your science is pretty gneiss. Don’t […]

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