The PHYLO(MON) project: Information Meeting Numero Uno (March 25th)


We’re just about ready to launch this thing, so it’s high time, I had a proper chance to talk about it. So… If you are in any way curious about what an amalgamation of biodiversity and Pokemon might look like, then do please see if you have an hour to spare so I can show you.

The details are Thursday, March 25th, 4:30 to 5:30pm, Michael Smith Building, main lecture hall (ubiquitous Facebook event page here). The liner notes read:

Well 2010 is here, a.k.a. the International Year of Biodiversity, and that means that the teaching lab is finally ready to go ahead with our long awaited phylomon project.

“What is this?” you ask? Well, it’s an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in full “character design” wonder. Not only that – but we plan to have the scientific community weigh in – that’s you – to determine the content on such cards (note that the cards above are only a mock-up of what that content might be), as well as folks who love gaming to try and design interesting ways to use the cards.

Then to top it all off, members of the teaching community will participate to see whether these cards have educational merit. Best of all, the hope is that this will all occur in a non-commercial-open-access-open-source-because-basically-this-is-good-for-you-your-children-and-your-planet sort of way.

Join me as I go over the project’s background, its goals, and also a sneak peek of the site itself. In all, I also hope to present a vision of what the UBC community can bring to the table with regards to this project, as well as possibly set up a beer and pizza date where some discussion and testing can start in earnest.

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More info about the project can be found at

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at