Senior Research Assistant, Botany

Paul Sokoloff.

Contact Information

Email: psokoloff@nature.ca
Tel: 613.364.4077
Fax: 613.364.4027

Twitter: @Paul_Sokoloff

Paul Sokoloff catalogues plant biodiversity in the Arctic and beyond as a botanical research assistant.

Specialties

  • Systematics, phylogenetics and taxonomy of Astragalus and the Fabaceae.
  • Arctic floristics and plant biodiversity.
  • Ecology of invasive plants.
  • Mars planetary analogs.

Education

  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Ottawa, 2010.
  • B.Sc., Biology, Carleton University, 2008.

Profile

Paul C. Sokoloff © Canadian Museum of Nature

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Elegant milkvetch (Astragalus eucosmus; formerly Astragalus robbinsii var. fernaldii) on Mount Bonenfant in Blanc Sablon, Quebec.

As a senior research assistant in the botany and a member of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project, Paul Sokoloff's work boils down to cataloguing plant and lichen biodiversity in the Arctic and beyond. On any given day, he may be in a faraway place doing field work, in the museum's herbarium studying specimens, or taking part in outreach activities on behalf of the museum. In the quest for science, he's had his clothes stolen in southern Labrador, flipped over a canoe full of samples in New Brunswick's Jacquet River, and hiked to the top of McGill Mountain on Ellesmere Island while wearing rubber boots.

Paul first came to the Canadian Museum of Nature as a master's student under the supervision of Research Scientist Lynn Gillespie (he determined that the Fernald's milkvetch is not a plant species of its own). Two days after submitting his thesis, he was on a plane bound for Victoria Island in the Western Canadian Arctic as a museum field assistant and he hasn't looked back since. Since then, Paul has embarked on nine Arctic expeditions with the museum, and has participated in multiple biological expeditions at the Mars Desert Research Station.

Professional Services

  • Identification of Fabaceae.
  • Identification of Arctic plant species.

Links

ORCID ID
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7053-8557

Google-Scholar Profile
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kxqLeNcAAAAJ&hl=en

The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska Scratchpad
http://arcticplants.myspecies.info

Herbarium Specimen Annotation Utility (free download; requires Microsoft Access or Microsoft Access Runtime) 

Selected Media Coverage 

Howell, E. On a Simulated Mars, Botanist Wants to Bring Some Green to the Red Planet. Space.com. Published August 2019. https://www.space.com/growing-plants-on-mars-analog-desert.html

Thomson, J. The world's longest border is moving. The Narwhal. Published September 13, 2018. https://thenarwhal.ca/worlds-longest-border-moving/

Bain, K. The Frozen Horse That Begat a Beer. October Magazine. Published January 30, 2018. https://oct.co/essays/frozen-horse-begat-beer

Dell, P. A day in the life aboard the coast-to-coast sailing Canada C3 vessel. The Globe and Mail. Published September 8, 2017. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/canada-150/a-day-in-the-life-aboard-the-coast-to-coast/videoe845a244-117f-4d06-b256-87583a0cc7ee/

Spears, T. Ottawa biologist meets wolf—at 1 a.m. in his tent. Ottawa Citizen. Published August 2, 2017. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-biologist-meets-wolf-at-1-a-m-in-his-tent

Brown, B. Researchers lichen what they see on High Arctic islands. Nunatsiaq News. Published August 28, 2017. http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674researchers_lichen_what_they_see_on_high_arctic_islands/

Thomson, J. Mars researchers return to Devon Island, Nunavut, for 'twin mission' with Utah. CBC North. Published July 28, 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mars-nunavut-devon-island-1.4225311

Foster, M. Adventures in botany, on Earth and Mars. Tabaret Magazine. Published November 29, 2016. https://www.uottawa.ca/tabaret/en/content/adventures-botany-earth-and-mars

Yvon, A-M. La diversité végétale documentée sur les rives de la baie d'Hudson. Radio Canada International. Aired July 21, 2016. http://www.rcinet.ca/regard-sur-arctique/2016/07/21/la-diversite-vegetale-documentee-sur-les-rives-de-la-baie-dhudson/

Cotnam, H. Canadian Museum of Nature unveils Landscapes of Canada Gardens exhibit. CBC News Ottawa. Aired June 17, 2016. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/museum-nature-exhibit-ice-age-mammoths-flowers-tundra-1.3640431 &

Cotnam, H. Canadian Museum of Nature unveils Landscapes of Canada Gardens exhibit. CBC Ottawa Morning. Aired June 17, 2016. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/programs/ottawamorning/gardens-launch-1.3640199

Gillis, M. Field trip through Canadian landscape opens Saturday at new museum garden. The Ottawa Citizen. Published June 16, 2016. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/field-trip-through-canadian-landscape-opens-saturday-at-new-museum-garden

Doyle, S. Canadian botanist talks space, plants, and The Martian. Canadian Geographic Blog. Published January 11, 2016. https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/canadian-botanist-talks-space-plants-and-martian

Powell, M. Mars research and the CMN. CKCU FM. Aired September 29, 2015. http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/60/24016.html

Panico, G. Natural history of Star Wars. CBC Ottawa's In Town and Out. Aired December 19, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/programs/intownandout/the-natural-history-angle-of-star-wars-1.3373184

Neal, A. Life on Mars: What the movie "The Martian" starring Matt Damon gets right, according to botanist. CBC Ottawa's All in a Day. Aired October 5, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/life-on-mars-what-the-movie-the-martian-starring-matt-damon-gets-right-according-to-botanist-1.3257424

Ghose, T. "The Martian": What Would It Take to Grow Food on Mars? LiveScience.com. Published October 9, 2015. http://www.livescience.com/52444-growing-food-on-mars.html

Cotnam, H. Landscapes of Canada Gardens. CBC Ottawa Morning. Aired August 20, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2690478465

Dabaghi-Pacheco, O. The Martian. CBC News Ottawa. Aired September 28, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2676299768

Francis, A. Move over woolly mammoths. The boreal forest and grasslands are taking over the Museum of Nature. The Ottawa Citizen. Published February 12, 2015. http://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/gardening/move-over-woolly-mammoths-the-boreal-forest-and-grasslands-are-taking-over-the-museum-of-nature

Francis, A. Indigenous botanical treasures at the Canadian Museum of Nature. The Ottawa Citizen. Published February 19, 2015. http://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/gardening/indigenous-botanical-treasures-at-the-canadian-museum-of-nature

Beeston, L. Flower power: A coast-to-coast-to-coast guide to our nation's most delectable blossoms. The Globe and Mail. Published August 4, 2015. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/food-trends/flower-power-a-coast-to-coast-to-coast-guide-to-our-nations-most-delectable-blossoms/article25831663/

Spears, T. Museum scientist vies for spot on one-year Mars mission simulation. The Ottawa Citizen. Published October 6, 2014. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/museum-scientist-vies-for-spot-on-two-year-mars-mission-simulation

Irving, T. Canadian botanist seeks plants for Mars colonization. Canadian Geographic Blog. Published December 5, 2014. https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/canadian-botanist-seeks-plants-mars-colonization

Hempstead, D. Life on Mars in Utah for Ottawa researcher. The Ottawa Sun. Published November 22, 2014. http://ottawasun.com/2014/11/22/life-on-mars-in-utah-for-ottawa-researcher/wcm/1491fdb0-2515-470f-8387-dd920a815dbd

Seminiuk, I. Museum studies range, diversity of plants in far North. The Globe and Mail. Published June 22, 2014. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/museum-studies-range-diversity-of-plants-in-far-north/article19285393/

Family Day - Botanists - Field Trips. CBC Radio's Ontario Morning. Aired February 16, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/programs/superiormorning/family-day-botanists-field-trips-1.2958954

Gregoire, L. Nunavut students enjoy expedition to Somerset Island. Nunatsiaq News. Published August 1, 2013. http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_students_enjoy_expedition_to_somerset_island/

Spears, T. Arctic orchids and other delights. Ottawa Citizen. Published August 11, 2012. 

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Desjardins, E., S. Lai, S. Payette, M. Dubé, P.C. Sokoloff, A. St-Louis, M.-P. Poulin, J. Legros, L. Sirois, F. Vézina, A. Tam and D. Berteaux. 2021. Survey of the vascular plants of Alert (Ellesmere Island, Canada), a polar desert at the northern tip of the Americas. Check List 17 (1): 181–225. https://doi.org/10.15560/17.1.181

McMullin, R.T., P.C. Sokoloff and J. Lendemer. 2020. Molecular data reveal the identity of an unusual form of Calogaya saxicola and the first report from the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the Canadian High Arctic. Opuscula Philolichenum 19: 190–198. 

Sokoloff, P.C., D.A. Murray, S.R.M. McBeth, M.G. Irvine and S.M. Rupert. 2020. Additions to the "Martian Flora": new botanical records from the Mars Desert Research Station, Utah. Biodiversity Data Journal 8: e55063. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.8.e55063

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2020. Vascular plant biodiversity of Dorset and Mallik islands, Nunavut, Canada: an annotated checklist of a middle Arctic flora in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Phytotaxa 471 (3): 147–192. https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.471.3.1

Brunton, D.F., M.A. Krichbaum, R.S. Krichbaum and P.C. Sokoloff. 2020. Distribution and status of Howell's Quillwort (Isoetes howellii, Isoetaceae) in Canada and its relation to Bolander's Quillwort (Isoetes bolanderi). Canadian Field-Naturalist 134 (3): 252–264. https://doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v134i3.2509

Brunton, D.F. and P.C. Sokoloff. 2020. Isoetes ×blondeaui hyb. nov. (Isoetaceae), a new sterile hybrid from eastern Québec, Canada. Botany 98 (10): 555-562. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2020-0065

Brunton D.F. and P.C. Sokoloff. 2020. A Review of North American Isoetes engelmannii (Isoetaceae) complex hybrids, including the description of I. ×fernaldii, hyb. nov. and I. ×karenae, hyb. nov. Webbia. Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography 75(1): 35-50. https://doi.org/10.36253/jopt-8355

Brunton, D.F., P.C. Sokoloff and P. Aymerich. 2020. The taxonomy, status and origin of Isoetes ×brochonii and I. creussensis (Isoetaceae), two Pyrenean endemic taxa. Botany Letters. https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2020.1790034

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff, L.J. Gillespie, R.D. Bull, B.A. Bennett and S. Ponomarenko. 2020. Vascular plants of Victoria Island (Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Canada): a specimen-based study of an Arctic flora. Phytokeys 141: 1–330. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.141.48810 Icon: Open access.

Da Silva, L.N., J.M. Saarela, P.C. Sokoloff, L. Essi and T.T. De Souza-Chies. 2020. Chascolytrum serranum (Poaceae: Pooideae: Poeae: Calothecinae), a new microendemic species from Campos de Cima da Serra, southern Brazil. Phytotaxa 435 (1): 41–49. https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.435.1.5

Brunton, D.F., P.C. Sokoloff. J.L. Bolin and D.F. Fraser. 2019. Isoetes laurentiana, sp. nov. (Isoetaceae) endemic to freshwater tidal marshes in eastern Québec, Canada. Botany 99 (11): 571–583. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2019-0037

Brunton, D.F and P.C. Sokoloff 2018 [2019]. Isoetes ×robusta, comb. nov., the Appropriate Name for I. echinospora ×septentrionalis (Isoetaceae). Rhodora 120 (984): 300–309. https://doi.org/10.3119/18-01

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2017. Vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada): an annotated checklist of an Arctic flora. PeerJ 5: e2835. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2835 Icon: Open access.

Sokoloff, P.C., P.B. Hamilton, C.E. Freebury and J.M. Saarela. 2016. The "Martian" flora: new collections of vascular plants, lichens, fungi, algae, and cyanobacteria from the Mars Desert Research Station. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e8176. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e8176 Icon: Open access.

Sokoloff, P.C., C.J. Chapman and L.J. Gillespie. 2016. Evidence for hybridization and introgression in two Canadian Arctic louseworts: Pedicularis langsdorffii subsp. arctica and Pedicularis hirsuta. Botany 94: 369–389. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjb-2015-0264

Gillespie, L.J., J.M. Saarela, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2015. New vascular plant records for the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. PhytoKeys 52: 23–79. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.52.8721 Icon: Open access.

Sokoloff, P.C. 2015. The flora of Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island, Nunavut: history, analysis, and new collections of vascular plants, mosses, lichens, and algae. Canadian Field-Naturalist 129(1): 24–37. http://dx.doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v129i1.1664

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff, L.J. Gillespie, L.L. Consaul and R.D. Bull. 2013. DNA barcoding the Canadian Arctic flora: core plastid barcodes (rbcL + matK) for 490 vascular plant species. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77982. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0077982 Icon: Open access.

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2011. Taxonomy of Fernald's milkvetch – Astragalus robbinsii var. fernaldii (Fabaceae): molecular and morphological analyses support transfer to Astragalus eucosmus. Botany 90: 11–26. https://doi.org/10.1139/b11-077

Other Contributions

Sokoloff, PC. 2020. Plants, pixels, and perception: botany in video games. Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin 53 (3): 10–12. https://www.cba-abc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Bulletin_53_3.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C. 2020.  A snapshot of Arctic botany. Ottawa Horticultural Society Presentation, 22 September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo-et4MX3PQ

Sokoloff, P.C. 2020. Botany in the Arctic: from tundra treks to pressed plants.  Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre Science Talks, 24 September. https://www.facebook.com/yukonberingia/videos/707429929981139

Sokoloff, P.C. 2020. Learn how to press plants. Nature Scoop, Canadian Museum of Nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-fPQoHJcdo&t=20s

Sokoloff, P.C. 2020. Plants and lichens from the top of Canada. The STEM Village Virtual Seminar Series. 2 April. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNP1W35gV4Y&t=2s

Sokoloff, P.C. 2019. Archival fieldwork: adventure in the backlog! Ignite! Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, 21 November. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ-QZck1gGI&t=7s

Sokoloff, P.C. 2019. Diverse plants, diversity in botany. Plantae.org. https://community.plantae.org/article/5275440831229068883/diverse-plants-diversity-in-botany (published online June 24; website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2018. Understanding grass species in the Arctic. Above and Beyond Magazine. November/December edition: 45–47. http://arcticjournal.ca/health-science/science/understanding-grass-species-in-the-arctic/

Sokoloff, P.C. 2018. The Botanical Legacy of Canada C3. Canada C3 Blog. https://canadac3.ca/en/?post_type=news-or-media&p=23678 (website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2018. Leg 11: Look down… wayyy down. The colourful world of lichens awaits. Canada C3 Blog. https://canadac3.ca/en/?post_type=news-or-media&p=22299 (website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Gillespie, L.J., R.T. McMullin, P.C. Sokoloff and G.A. Levin, 2017. Botanical Inventory of the proposed Nuvuk Territorial Park. Report to Nunavut Parks and Special Places, Iqaluit. 254 pp. 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2017. What's in a name: hunting the lichens of the Canadian High Arctic. Arctic Deeply. https://www.newsdeeply.com/arctic/articles/2017/08/29/whats-in-a-name-hunting-the-lichens-of-the-canadian-high-arctic (published online August 29; website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2017. Collecting lichens in Canada's High Arctic. Above and Beyond Magazine. November/December edition: 24–27. http://arcticjournal.ca/featured/collecting-lichens-canadas-high-arctic/

Sokoloff, P.C. 2016. Flat plants from a flat land. Above and Beyond Magazine. November/December edition: 46–49. http://arcticjournal.ca/health-science/science/flat-plants-from-a-flat-land/

Sokoloff, P.C. 2016. How can I prepare at home for life on Mars? Metro News Canada, 17 June. https://wp.issuu.com/metro_canada/docs/20160617_ca_calgary/38

Sokoloff, P.C. 2015. CMN Botanist Paul Sokoloff on his journey to the Arctic with SOI. Students on Ice Blog. https://studentsonice.com/cmn-botanist-paul-sokoloff-on-his-journey-to-the-arctic-with-soi/ (published online November 13; website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2015. Living the Mars simulation, the real life mission to boldly go. Outpost Magazine 105: 60–73. https://outpostmagazine.com/living-the-mars-simulation/

Sokoloff, P.C. 2015. Mission to Mars for a botanist. Nature Scoop, Canadian Museum of Nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyd2Xk82xbY

Sokoloff, P.C. 2015. Of meteorites and other fun facts about beer. Nature Scoop, Canadian Museum of Nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNwrlmVUH_Q

Sokoloff, P.C. 2014. Spruce to shore. Cataloguing the treeline and tundra flora along the Coppermine River. Above and Beyond Magazine. November/December edition: 33–37. http://arcticjournal.ca/featured/spruce-to-shore-cataloguing-treeline-and-tundra-flora-along-the-coppermine-river/

Sokoloff, P.C. 2014. Merino under the microscope. Icebreaker Merino Blog. https://icebreakermerino.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/merino-under-the-microscope/ (published online August 21; website consulted July 13, 2020) 

Sokoloff, P.C. 2014. "Martian botany" in the American Southwest: plant collecting at the Mars Desert Research Station. The Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin 47: 89–90. https://www.cba-abc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Bulletin_47_3.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C. 2014. Plant intelligence. Nature Talks, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, 18 March. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRLnQ-zfWvE

Sokoloff, P.C. 2012. Whitewater botany: searching for rare plants in the Canadian Arctic. Outpost Magazine 90: 13–15. https://outpostmagazine.com/whitewater-botany/

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and B.A. Ford. 2012. Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska, Guide for Contributors. 43 pp. http://arcticplants.myspecies.info/sites/arcticplants.myspecies.info/files/AFCA%20Contributors%20Guide%20v1.0%2030May2012_1.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2011. Astragalus L. (Fabaceae) of Newfoundland and Labrador. Report to Wildlife Division, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's. 28 pp. 

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2011. The saga of Simmons draba: how one plant specimen crossed the Atlantic and back again in search of a name. Communiqué of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science 80: 1, 17–18. https://www.yorku.ca/cshps1/pdf/Communique80final.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2011. Fernald's milkvetch—conservation of native plants and the need for taxonomy. Communiqué of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science 80: 22–24. https://www.yorku.ca/cshps1/pdf/Communique80final.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., M. Graham, R.T. McMullin, N. Alfonso, R.D. Bull, O. Dare, J. Doubt, M. Edwards, C. Fox, P.B. Hamilton, E. Hendrycks, L. Kresky, J. LaRoche, R. Moore, P. Piilonen, V. Sahanatien, M.Y. Tsang, P. Van Buren, M. Wong and J.M. Saarela. 2020. [Abstract]. A 23 000 km transect: new Arctic plant and lichen collections from the Canada C3 Expedition. Canadian Botanical Association Virtual Meeting 2020, 1–2 June. https://abc-cba2020.uqat.ca/oral/abc2020cba-program.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., D.A. Murray, S.R.M McBeth, M.G. Irvine, J.M. Saarela and S.M. Rupert. 2020. [Abstract] The vascular flora of "Mars": ongoing floristic work at the Mars Desert Research Station, Utah. Canadian Botanical Association Virtual Meeting 2020, 1–2 June. https://abc-cba2020.uqat.ca/oral/abc2020cba-program.pdf

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff, L.J. Gillespie, R.D. Bull, B.A. Bennett and S. Ponomarenko. 2020. [Abstract] Vascular plant biodiversity of Victoria Island (Northwest Territories/Nunavut, Canada): a new collections-based baseline based on 100+ years of floristic exploration. Canadian Botanical Association Virtual Meeting 2020, 1–2 June. https://abc-cba2020.uqat.ca/oral/abc2020cba-program.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., J.M. Saarela, J. Doubt, L. Sharp and R.T. McMullin. 2020. [Abstract] Archival Fieldwork: new Arctic plant biodiversity from backlogged herbarium specimens. Canadian Botanical Association Virtual Meeting 2020, 1–2 June. https://abc-cba2020.uqat.ca/oral/abc2020cba-program.pdf

Doubt, J., C. Deduke, K. Madge, C. Robillard, E. Seed, L. Sharp and P.C. Sokoloff. 2020. [Abstract] Heading North at the National Herbarium of Canada [presentation]. Canadian Botanical Association Virtual Meeting 2020, 1–2 June. https://abc-cba2020.uqat.ca/oral/abc2020cba-program.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., J.M. Saarela, J. Doubt, L. Sharp and R.T. McMullin. 2019. [Abstract] Archival Fieldwork: new Arctic plant biodiversity from backlogged herbarium specimens. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Halifax, 2–5 December, pp. 127. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//docs/asm2019-abstracts.pdf

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff, L.J. Gillespie, R.D. Bull, B.A. Bennett and S. Ponomarenko. 2019. [Abstract] Vascular plant biodiversity of Victoria Island (Northwest Territories/Nunavut, Canada): A new collections-based baseline based on 100+ years of floristic exploration [presentation]. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Halifax, 2–5 December, pp. 120. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//docs/asm2019-abstracts.pdf

Mascarenhas, T., P.C. Sokoloff, M. Graham, R.D. Bull, B. Hunt and K. Miller-Saunders. 2019 [Abstract]. The Canada C3 science program—communicating the work of 13 institutions, 23 projects, 40 scientists, 150 days and hundreds of samples. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2019, Halifax, 2–5 December, pp. 90. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//docs/asm2019-abstracts.pdf

Gillespie, L.J., J.M. Saarela, R.T. McMullin, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2019. [Abstract] Biodiversity of the Canadian Arctic flora: New floristic discoveries represent critical baseline biodiversity data. Botany 2019, Tucson, 27–31 July. http://2019.botanyconference.org/engine/search/index.php?func=detail&aid=777

McMullin, R.T., L.J Gillespie, J.M. Saarela and P.C. Sokoloff. 2019. [Abstract] Lichens and allied fungi of Nunavut: establishing a baseline in a changing environment. Botany 2019, Tucson, 27–31 July. http://2019.botanyconference.org/engine/search/index.php?func=detail&aid=810

Sokoloff, P.C. 2019. [Abstract] Beyond the gallery: Arctic research and outreach at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2019 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, 23–25 May. 

Sokoloff, P.C., M. Graham, R.T. McMullin, N. Alfonso, R.D. Bull, O. Dare, J. Doubt, M. Edwards, C. Fox, P.B. Hamilton, E. Hendrycks, L. Kresky, J. LaRoche, R. Moore, P. Piilonen, V. Sahanatien, M.Y. Tsang, P. Van Buren, M. Wong and J.M. Saarela. 2019. [Abstract] A 23 000 km transect: new Arctic plant and lichen collections from the Canada C3 Expedition. ComSciCon 2019 Flagship Workshop, San Diego, 11–13 July. 

Sokoloff, P.C., M. Graham, R.T. McMullin, N. Alfonso, R.D. Bull, O. Dare, J. Doubt, M. Edwards, C. Fox, P.B. Hamilton, E. Hendrycks, L. Kresky, J. LaRoche, R. Moore, P. Piilonen, V. Sahanatien, M.Y. Tsang, P. Van Buren, M. Wong and J.M. Saarela. 2018. A 23 000 km transect: new Arctic plant and lichen collections from the Canada C3 Expedition [poster]. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting. Ottawa, Canada. 10–14 December. 

Sokoloff, P.C., J. Doubt, J.M. Saarela, L.J. Gillespie, R.T. McMullin, R.D. Bull, L.A. Sharp, C.M. Robillard, L.C. Gualtieri, C. Deduke, P. Hamilton. 2018. [Abstract] Beyond the gallery: Full spectrum Arctic botany outreach at the Canadian Museum of Nature. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Ottawa, 10–14 December. 

Doubt J., L.C. Gualtieri, C.M. Robillard, L.A. Sharp, P.C. Sokoloff and J.M. Saarela. 2018. [Abstract] Liberating Arctic Botanical Biodiversity Data at the Canadian Museum of Nature. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, Ottawa, 10–14 December. 

Sokoloff, P.C., J.M. Saarela, L.J. Gillespie, R.T. McMullin, R.D. Bull, J. Doubt, J. Steele, C. Iburg, E. McCrea, L. MacIvor, C, Lanthier, K. Day. 2018. [Abstract] From galleries to gruits, blogs to botanical gardens: the many facets of public engagement on Arctic biodiversity research at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, Rovaniemi, 9–12 October. https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/program/presentations2018/440-from-galleries-to-gruits-blogs-to-botanical-gardens-the-many-facets-of-public-engagement-on-arctic-biodiversity-research-at-the-canadian-museum-of-nature-paul-sokoloff-1/file

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, R.T. McMullin, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2018. Biodiversity of Canadian Arctic vascular plants and lichens: field work, floristics and museum collections. Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, Rovaniemi, 9–12 October. https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/program/presentations2018/515-biodiversity-of-canadian-arctic-vascular-plants-and-lichens-field-work-floristics-and-museum-collections-jeffery-saarela/file

Doubt, J., L.C. Gualtieri, C.M Robillard, L.A. Sharp, P.C. Sokoloff and J.M. Saarela. 2018. [Abstract] Liberating Arctic Botanical Biodiversity Data at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, Rovaniemi, 9–12 October. https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/program/posters/270-liberating-arctic-botanical-biodiversity-data-at-the-canadian-museum-of-nature

Sokoloff, P.C., M. Graham, R.T. McMullin, N. Alfonso, R.D. Bull, O. Dare, J. Doubt, M. Edwards, C. Fox, P.B. Hamilton, E. Hendrycks, L. Kresky, J. LaRoche, R. Moore, P. Piilonen, V. Sahanatien, M.Y. Tsang, P. Van Buren, M. Wong and J.M. Saarela. 2018. [Abstract] A 23 000 km transect: new Arctic plant and lichen collections from the Canada C3 Expedition. Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, Rovaniemi, 9–12 October. https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/program/posters/272-a-23-000-km-transect-new-arctic-plant-and-lichen-collections-from-the-canada-c3-expedition

Sokoloff, P.C., A Srivastava, R.T. McMullin, Y. Murakami, A. Stepanova, J. Clarke, P. Knightly, A. Mangeot, C.-M. LaRoche, A. Beattie, R. Zubrin and S. Rupert. 2018. [Abstract] Lichen biodiversity and ecology at two Mars Analog Sites: the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (Nunavut, Canada) and the Mars Desert Research Station (Utah, USA). Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, Rovaniemi, 9–12 October. https://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/program/posters/271-lichen-biodiversity-and-ecology-at-two-mars-analog-sites-the-flashline-mars-arctic-research-station-nunavut-canada-and-the-mars-desert-research-station-utah-usa

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, R.T. McMullin, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2018. [Abstract] Biodiversity of Canadian Arctic Plants and Lichens: Field Work and Floristics. Polar 2018 Open Science Conference, Davos, 19–23 June, pp. 384. 

Doubt, J., L.C. Gualtieri, C.M. Robillard, L.A. Sharp , P.C. Sokoloff and J.M. Saarela. 2018. [Abstract]. Liberating Arctic Botanical Biodiversity Data at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Polar 2018 Open Science Conference, Davos, 19–23 June, pp. 2007. 

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2017. [Abstract] Vascular plant biodiversity and floristics of the Canadian Arctic. ArcticNet 2017: International Arctic Change Conference, Québec, 11–15 December, pp. 82. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2017/docs/AC2017-Abstracts-2018-02-01.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., J.M. Saarela, L.J. Gillespie and R.T. McMullin. 2017. [Abstract] The flora of High Arctic research stations: New collections to monitor long-term change. ArcticNet 2017: International Arctic Change Conference, Québec, 11–15 December, pp. 126. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2017/docs/AC2017-Abstracts-2018-02-01.pdf

Saarela, J.M., J. Doubt, L.C. Gualtieri, C.M. Robillard, L.A. Sharp and P.C. Sokoloff. 2017. [Abstract] Realizing the potential of Arctic botanical specimens at the Canadian Museum of Nature: Liberating biodiversity data from cabinets, and (finally) putting it to work. ArcticNet 2017: International Arctic Change Conference, Québec, 11–15 December, pp. 81. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2017/docs/AC2017-Abstracts-2018-02-01.pdf

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie and P.C. Sokoloff. 2017. [Abstract] The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project. ArcticNet 2017: International Arctic Change Conference, Québec, 11–15 December, pp. 126. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2017/docs/AC2017-Abstracts-2018-02-01.pdf

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie and P.C. Sokoloff. 2017. [Abstract] The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska Project. XIX International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, 23–29 July, Abstract Book II: Posters and Abstracts, pp. 67. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5277964.v1

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2017. [Abstract] Vascular plant biodiversity and floristics of the Canadian Arctic. XIX International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, 23–29 July, Abstract Book II: Posters and Abstracts, pp. 67. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5277997.v1

Saarela, J.M., C. Lanthier, L. McIvor, C. Morin, V. Roy, N. Alfonso, S. Baatnes, R.D. Bull, L. Cipera, K. Conlan, J. Doubt, J.M. Gagnon, G. Gilchrist, L.J. Gillespie, P. Hamilton, E. Hendrycks, K. Khidas, R. Leuenberger, E. Loring, A. Macdonald, P. Moss-Davies, S. en Pan, M. Poulin, J. Provencher, N. Rodrigue, S. Rufolo, N. Rybczynski, K. Shepherd and P.C. Sokoloff. 2017. [Abstract] The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature: Communicating Arctic Science at a National Natural History Museum. Arctic Science Summit Week 2017. Prague, 31 March – 7 April. 

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2017. [Abstract] Biodiversity of Canadian Arctic Vascular Plants: Field Work and Floristics. Arctic Science Summit Week 2017. Prague, 31 March – 7 April. 

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2016. [Abstract] Biodiversity of the Canadian Arctic Vascular Plant Flora: New Floristic Discoveries Represent Critical Baseline Biodiversity Data. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, Winnipeg, 5–9 December. 

Saarela, J.M., P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2015. [Abstract] From spruce to shore: Subarctic and low arctic vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River Valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada). ArcticNet Annual Science Meeting 2015, Vancouver, 7–11 December. http://www.slideshare.net/jmsaarela/saarela-arctic-net-2015-final

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2014. [Abstract] Floristic discoveries and biodiversity of the Canadian Arctic vascular plant flora. Arctic Change 2014 Meeting, Ottawa, 8–12 December, pp. 163. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2014/docs/web-oral-presentation.pdf

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie and P.C. Sokoloff. 2014. [Abstract] The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project. Arctic Change 2014 Meeting, Ottawa, 8–12 December, pp.146. https://arcticnetmeetings.ca//ac2014/docs/web-posters.pdf

Sokoloff, P.C., L.J. Gillespie, L.J. and C.C. Chapman. 2014. [Abstract] Hey, you stole my chloroplast! Introgression between two Canadian Arctic Louseworts. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting, Montréal, 15–18 June. 

Sokoloff, P.C. and R.D. Bull. 2014. [Abstract] In situ Arctic Botany Education: methods for teaching plant taxonomy on Arctic Youth expeditions. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting, Montréal, 15–18 June. 

Gillespie, L.J., J.M. Saarela and P.C. Sokoloff 2014. [Abstract] The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project [presentation]. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting, Montréal, 15–18 June. 

Gillespie, L.J., J.M. Saarela and P.C. Sokoloff 2014. [Abstract] The Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project [poster]. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting, Montréal, 15–18 June. 

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, P.C. Sokoloff and R.D. Bull. 2013. New and noteworthy monocot records from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago [poster]. Monocots V: 5th International Conference on the Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons. New York, NY. July. 

Gillespie, L.J., P.C. Sokoloff, J.M. Saarela and R.D. Bull. 2013. [Abstract] Botanical exploration of the Soper River: Plant discoveries in the Canadian Arctic. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting, Kamloops, 1–5 June. 

Saarela, J.M., L.J. Gillespie, L.L. Consaul, J.R. Starr, R.D. Bull and P.C. Sokoloff. 2011. [Abstract] DNA Barcoding the Vascular Plant Flora of the Canadian Arctic. International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, 17–19 July. http://www.slideshare.net/jmsaarela/2011-saarela-et-al-ibc-2011-eposter-dna-barcoding

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2010. [Abstract] Systematics and conservation of Fernald's Milkvetch: cpDNA, AFLPs and morphometric analyses do not support taxonomic recognition. SPNHC and Canadian Botanical Association Joint Meeting 2010, Ottawa, 31 May – 5 June. 

Sokoloff, P.C. and L.J. Gillespie. 2009. [Abstract] Taxonomy and conservation of the narrow endemic Astragalus robbinsii var. fernaldii. Canadian Botanical Association Meeting 2009, Wolfville, 18–21 May. 

Sokoloff, P.C. and N. Cappuccino. 2008. [Abstract] Host shifting potential of Tetraopes tetraopthalmus onto Vincetoxicum and related species. Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Meeting, Syracuse, 9–11 March, pp. 35. https://www.entsoc.org/PDF/Programs/EB_2008_Program.pdf

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Dwarf hawkbeard (Askellia nana) growing on a cobble beach. Victoria Island, Northwest Territories.

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Field camp on the Diamond Jenness Peninsula. Victoria Island, Northwest Territories.