Dr. Tyler Cobb
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Royal Alberta Museum
“I am delighted to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people on a project of this magnitude. The geographic scale at which the ABMI is operating is unprecedented and its collaboration with the Royal Alberta Museum is helping to build specimen collections from all areas of the province. Rare or common, these specimens hold scientific value well beyond the datasets they generate and they are available to everyone for additional study in perpetuity.”
Dr. Tyler Cobb is the Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Royal Alberta Museum and has served as Director of the Processing Centre on the ABMI Management Team since 2008. In addition to his museum duties, Dr. Cobb provides taxonomic oversight for the Institute and manages a highly specialized team of museum scientists and technicians charged with supporting the many taxonomic, laboratory and specimen curatorial needs of the Institute.
He holds a BSc and MSc from the University of Regina and a PhD from the University of Alberta. Although self-described as an insect ecologist, Dr. Cobb is a naturalist at heart with field studies ranging from rainforest bats, prairie songbirds and alpine zooplankton to soil microbes and beetles in burned boreal forests. He is keenly interested in biodiversity conservation, the importance of taxonomy and the role of natural history museums in large-scale biological monitoring.