Curator, Vertebrates, Zoology
Kamal Khidas is Curator of the Vertebrate Collection and conducts research on Canadian mammals.
- Ph.D., Biology (Ecology), Algeria, 1998
The Canadian Museum of Nature's vertebrate collection is an encyclopedia of fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal specimens that include specimens preserved in fluid, articulated skeletons, bones, skins, furs and pelts. As Curator, Kamal's main responsibility is to ensure the best care and development of the collection. His main tasks involve managing staff, volunteers and students, curating and developing the mammal collection, contributing his expertise to the scientific community, and participating in many aspects of the museum community such as exhibition-gallery development. Kamal also chairs the museum's Live Animal Care Committee, which requires a completely different set of considerations from the constituents of the preserved collection.
Kamal conducts research on the biology and ecology of land mammals and often uses the specimens in the collections to inform his research. His work often includes university students who benefit greatly from his supervision.
Main Research Project
In the Museum's Blog
Plastination and Taxidermy: Which is Best for a Museum?
In a previous blog, I had the chance to give my general impressions on the “Animal Inside Out” exhibition currently being shown at the Museum. I was particularly entranced by the technique used for this exhibition: plastination.
Odyssey under the Skin
Science, technology, art! Our Curator of Vertebrates, Dr. Kamal Khidas, gives his impressions on the new exhibit BodyWorlds: Animal Inside Out. Continue reading