Canadian Arctic Flora
Biodiversity and Change
The results of this research increase our knowledge of the diversity and distribution of Canadian Arctic vascular plants, which is fundamental to understanding the impact of environmental changes. The goals of this research are to produce a new web-based flora of Canadian Arctic vascular plants, develop a collection database of all northern Canadian plant collections, produce DNA barcodes for all Canadian Arctic vascular plants, resolve taxonomic problems in the Arctic flora, and analyze patterns of species and genetic diversity across the Canadian Arctic. This work provides baseline data for conservation, ecological monitoring and predictive modeling studies.
Principal investigators: Lynn Gillespie, Jeff Saarela
In the Museum's Blog
Botanist reveals his favourite grass
While Canadian news stories swirl around weed, Jeff Saarela reveals his favourite grass. (Hint: It's Canadian homegrown.) Continue reading
World’s largest botany conference: “Care for Plants, Care for our Future”
What’s big, green and full of plant scientists? The International Botanical Congress, of course! This past July, in Shenzen, China, three Museum of Nature botany researchers gathered with 7000 others at the world’s largest gathering of plant scientists. Read museum researcher Jeff Saarela’s behind-the-scenes account. Continue reading
This research is conducted in collaboration with Polar Knowledge Canada.