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 Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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

Recent winter Lepidoptera records for Alberta and Saskatchewan

Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild Newsletter
Page Numbers: 27-28

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

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

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

Natural history repeats itself

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

Converging on convergence

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

The cabbage crash of 2013

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

Entomological citizenship

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

Diabolical dichotomies

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

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

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

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

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 matter of morphological metaphors

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

The buprestids down the street

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

The Nature Nut Approach to Insect Television

Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: American Entomologist
Volume: 56
Page Numbers: 127-128

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

A Bugster’s Big Year

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

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

Bugs of Northern California

Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2002

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

Tiger Beetles of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand

Author(s): Acorn, John
Publication Date: 2001

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

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