About the IMR

About the Institute of Morphoid Research: Our Mandate


Institute of Morphoid Research

Our official mandate is as follows:

The Institute of Morphoid Research is dedicated to the study and preservation of organisms falling within a new phylum, Morphopodia.

The Institute aims to document all aspects of the Morphoids, through the many available avenues of study and research, including observation, photography, drawing, anatomical study and eventually, dissection.

The Institute of Morphoid Research fully intends to share all relevant findings with the public, through it’s website and publications.

Official IMR Pamphlet

I don’t know why this hasn’t been posted yet, but this is the official Institute of Morphoid Research Brochure. Inside will follow soon.

IMR Pamphlet – Inside

As promised, the other side of the official pamphlet.

Phylogenetic Tree


Phylogenetic TreeThis is the most complete speculative phylogenetic tree we’ve done to date, showing how we believe that the Morphoids relate to one another. You can see that there are a lot of questions left unanswered, and much more to be learned.  This diagram will definitely change, as our research advances.

Question: How did you start your research?

When I first discovered these creatures, I spent a lot of time observing them in their natural environments, making notes and photographing them.  Many of them are shy creatures, and seemed wary of my being there. Morphoids are also different from a lot of animals in that they seem to move more when you’re not looking.

The IMR is Producing a Documentary!

I don’t think I’ve told you yet, but the Institute of Morphoid Research is working on a documentary!  It will be shown at a special Sneek Peak, probably in September, details to follow later.

The documentary will be multi-functional.  It will exist in both a longer form to promote the Institute and give more of an overview on the Morphoids and their world, as well as having smaller segments, focusing on specific Morphoids, as a sort of mini- documentary for the IMR to use on it’s website and exhibits on specific Morphoids.

Please bear with us, as this is quite a complicated process, finding and combining the footage we already have, and filming more to flesh out the story and fill in the gaps.

IMR in the Newspaper!


The IMR is in the newspaper!  This article is from a couple of days ago….

Taxonomy Chart


Taxonomy ChartI’m sure many of you are familiar with this.  This is a chart showing the taxonomy of a human, a fruit fly, and two of the Morphoids, Pteropod and Gynoecium.  As you can see, though we’ve determined that Morphopodia is a phylum, everything else mostly speculation at this point in time.  Because there are things missing, we are not sure how the Morphoids completely relate to one another and the rest of the kingdom of Animalia.

Question: Who are you?

Who, us?

The Institute of Morphoid Research is the world’s foremost institute dedicated to…, well, morphoid research.  We operate our research initiatives and this website out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Who, me?

My name is Jennifer Akkermans, and I am the Founder and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Morphoid Research.  I have been studying the Morphoids since I discovered them in early 2010, and am currently the world’s foremost scholar in this particular area of cryptozoology. If you’d like to learn more about me, check out my personal website at JenniferAkkermans.com or my blog, JenesisStudios.com.

Question: What is a Morphoid?

Morphoids are unusual creatures, classified by the following distinct characteristics:

  • They are ambiguous creatures, often seem to imitate other animals
  • They usually have a very vibrant colouring.
  • They all have an unusual peeling skin texture
  • There are no obvious facial features or genitalia
  • Their main defence mechanism is to freeze when they feel they are being watched.