John Acorn, BSc, MSc

Faculty Service Officer (Biodiversity Studies & Science Communication), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Faculty Service Officer (Biodiversity Studies & Science Communication), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
jacorn@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-7202
Address
777 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

Awards

  • 2013 - Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor
  • 2012 - Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Medal for Science Promotion and Awareness
  • 2010 - ASTech Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award
  • 2009-13 - Faculty Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
  • 2008 - NSERC Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion.
  • 2005 - 2005 University of Alberta Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • 2003 - Carr Award for promotion of amateur entomology from the Entomological Society of Alberta.
  • 2000 - First Place in the Film and Video Category in the Emerald Awards of Interpretation Canada, for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (with McCloskey Productions).
  • 1998 - Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism.
  • 2003 - 2003 Bowman Award for Lepidopteran discovery from the Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild.
  • 2001 - First Place in the Film and Video Category in the awards of the U.S. National Association for Interpretation, for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (with McCloskey Productions).
  • 2005 - 2005 Alberta Book Design Awards: best design for "Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass."

Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

The University of Alberta Alumni Association awarded John Acorn the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Alumni Recognition Awards celebrate the diverse accomplishments of alumni and the recognition they bring to the University. Affectionately known around the world as the Nature Nut, John Acorn has shared his love for Alberta's entomology and natural history with the world. Acorn is an internationally known scientist, author and broadcaster whose career has been marked with creativity and a passion for science. The host and creative force behind the popular TV series Acorn, the Nature Nut, he has educated and entertained audiences worldwide. As a best-selling author, he has had a huge impact on amateur entomology, and his field guides have earned him numerous awards. As research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the E. H. Strickland Entomology Museum, Acorn continually goes beyond his professional commitments and generously gives his time to promote the field. He served as president of the Entomological Society of Alberta, and he participates in numerous other associations. Acorn's work has been honoured in many ways, including the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Award Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism and two "Rosies" from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association.

Courses

REN R 205 - Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology

Introduction to animals in the context of conservation, interactions with people, and roles in natural ecosystems. Labs provide a survey of Western Canadian animal life, both vertebrate and invertebrate, with emphasis on recognition of higher taxa and on hierarchical classification. Field trip. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Winter Term 2021
REN R 462 - Parks, Ecology, and Society

An overview of the diversity of management practices among protected areas, including national and provincial parks, interpreted in the context of the ongoing development of ecological science and environmentalism. Prerequisite: REN R 260. REN R 364 recommended.

Fall Term 2020
REN R 467 - Environmental Interpretation and Science Communication

An overview of theories and methods of communication, as applied to environmental topics and general audiences. Includes discussion of environmental interpretation, science communication, audio-visual communication, and media skills.

Winter Term 2021
REN R 566 - Parks, Ecology, and Society

An overview of the diversity of management practices among protected areas, including national and provincial parks, interpreted in the context of the ongoing development of ecological science and environmentalism. Prerequisite: REN R 260. REN R 364 recommended. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 462 or 766.

Fall Term 2020
REN R 567 - Environmental Interpretation and Science Communication

An overview of theories and methods of communication, as applied to environmental topics and general audiences. Includes discussion of environmental interpretation, science communication, audio-visual communication, and media skills. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 467 or 764.

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

An Annotated List of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan
Author(s): Glasier, J. R. N. and J. H. Acorn
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Biological Survey of Canada
Volume: Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume) 4
Issue: Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2
Page Numbers: 299-314

Bringing up the rearing
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: American Entomologist
Page Numbers: 190-192

Bug songs are rarely about bugs
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: American Entomologist
Page Numbers: 63-64

Converging on convergence
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: American Entomologist
Page Numbers: 126-128

Cynthia of the thistle, the classroom, or the sunny south?
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild Newsletter
Page Numbers: 14

Fossil mayfly larvae (Ephemeroptera, cf. Heptageniidae) from the Late Cretaceous Wapiti Formation, Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Bell, Phil R., Federico Fanti, John Acorn, and Robin S. Sissons
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Journal of Paleontology.
Volume: 87
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 146-149

Natural history repeats itself
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: American Entomologist
Page Numbers: 254-256

Recent winter Lepidoptera records for Alberta and Saskatchewan
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild Newsletter
Page Numbers: 27-28

Diabolical dichotomies
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 59
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 190-192

Entomological citizenship
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: American Entomologist.
Volume: 59
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 127-128

First record of the myrmecophilous sap beetle Amphotis ulkei LeConte (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in Canada
Author(s): Glasier, J.R.N., and J. H. Acorn
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Coleopterists Bulletin.
Volume: 67
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 188–189

How many body parts?
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 59
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 255-256

Psammophilic entomology
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: American Entomologist.
Volume: 59
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 63-64

The Alberta Butterfly Survey: an update
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild Newsletter
Issue: Fall 2013
Page Numbers: 5-6

The cabbage crash of 2013
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild Newsletter
Issue: Fall 2013
Page Numbers: 9-10

A tribute to Joseph Schieser Nelson, 1937–2011
Author(s): Murray, Alison M., Michael G. Sullivan, and John Acorn
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Canadian Field-Naturalist
Volume: 125
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 378-380

Monarchs and managing the media
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 57
Page Numbers: 191-192

Peak-end painted ladies, and pests
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 57
Page Numbers: 127-128

Take That, Christmas Bird Counts!
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 57
Page Numbers: 63-64

Developing dipterophily
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 255-256

Monitoring my monitoring
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 191-192

The buprestids down the street
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 63-64

The matter of morphological metaphors
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 127-128

A Bugster’s Big Year
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 255-256

Pins, Poisons and Psychology
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 63-64

The Embodiment of Entomophilia
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 191-192

The Nature Nut Approach to Insect Television
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 127-128

Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2005

Bugs of Ontario
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2003

Teaching Resources for Entomology
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: The Encylopedia of Insects

Assessing ultraviolet reflections of lepidopterans with video and digital cameras
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: News of the Lepidopterists’ Society
Volume: 44
Page Numbers: 60

Bugs of Northern California
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2002

Bugs of British Columbia
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2001
Publication: Lone Pine Publishing

Bugs of Washington and Oregon
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2001

Tiger Beetles of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2001

Bugs of Alberta
Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2000

Birds of Alberta
Author(s): Acorn, John and Chris Fisher
Publication Date: 1998

Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Alberta: a key to species based primarily on the worker caste
Author(s): Glasier, J.R.N., Acorn, J.H., Nielsen, S., Proctor, H.
Publication: Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification
Volume: 22