LIFE IN CRISIS: SCHAD GALLERY OF BIODIVERSITY

Through his role as Managing Director, Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum, Dave oversees all aspects of gallery management, operations, programs, and public engagement projects for the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity. The Schad Gallery is a space to explore our natural world and the impact that human behaviour has on other life. 

With extensive natural history collections on display, the gallery is committed to raising public awareness about the significant challenges facing the conservation, diversity, and survival of life on earth. 

ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Schad Gallery of Biodiversity opened at the ROM in 2009, and remains one of the most visited spaces at the Museum, welcoming approximately 750 000 visitors each year. The mandate of the gallery is to help people understand and conserve nature through three core themes: 

1. life is diverse
2. Life is interconnected
3. life is at risk

Featuring a live coral reef and interactive multimedia displays, the Schad Gallery is a lively space that encourages critical dialogue about sustainability for all ages. 

PROGRAMS 

Regular public programs aim to engage visitors with nature, encouraging curiosity from a young age. The dedicated Earth Rangers Studio (located inside the gallery) offers educational and interactive programs from touchable specimens to multi-media demonstrations for visitors of all ages. 

EXAMPLES: 

NEW EXHIBITS AND GALLERY UPGRADES

Since the opening of the Gallery in 2009, Dave has worked with ROM Biodiversity staff to actively add content, improve existing displays, and increase public engagement. Examples:

  • Blue Whale DNA Case
  • Blue Whale Floor Graphic
  • Polar Bear Case
  • White Rhino Case
  • Baby Bison Case re-development
  • "Find the Baby Bison" contest  

Images provided by Royal Ontario Museum