Collection Manager, Zoology
Michel Gosselin is the museum's go-to bird expert and is in charge of the collection of bird specimens.
- M.A., Museology, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1997
Michel Gosselin is in charge of the museum's 125 000 bird specimens—which span about a quarter of all bird species on Earth, including some extinct ones. This is the world's largest collection of Canadian bird specimens and informs our understanding about the diversity, anatomy, natural history and evolution of birds. Michel chooses which birds to display in the museum's bird gallery, supervises the use of specimens by visiting scientists, artists and dedicated bird-watchers, and oversees loans to other museums and universities. His work ranges from vetting the accuracy of bird figures depicted on Canadian coins, such as the special-edition 2012 Summer Olympics "Lucky Loonie", to assessing status reports on endangered species.
Michel has written a number of technical and popular articles about birds, and has travelled extensively across Canada, Latin America and Europe to study them. He is also an advisor to the Check-List Committee of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp competition.