This research program aims to increase knowledge of the diversity of Canadian Arctic vascular plants and lichens, which is fundamental to understanding how the Arctic flora may be impacted by environmental change, and provides baseline data for conservation, ecological monitoring and predictive modelling studies.

The main goals of the program are

  • produce a new flora treating all Canadian Arctic vascular plant species
  • characterize biodiversity of Arctic lichens
  • produce a checklist of Canadian Arctic lichens
  • produce DNA barcode data for Canadian Arctic vascular plants and lichens
  • undertake field expeditions to the Arctic to conduct floristic studies of botanically underexplored regions
  • analyse patterns of species and genetic diversity across the Canadian Arctic
  • conduct systematic studies of taxonomically problematic species complexes.

Principal investigators: Lynn J. Gillespie, Jeffery M. Saarela, R. Troy McMullin.