We are ecologists working to understand how global change alters plant communities and ecosystem processes. We work at focal research sites in Northern Canada and conduct data syntheses at tundra biome and global scales.
We investigate climate change impacts in tundra ecosystems and beyond. Tundra ecosystems are responding to a warming climate. Vegetation change influences nutrient cycling, carbon storage, and the reflectance of energy at high latitudes, thus creating feedbacks that could affect the planet as a whole. However, we don’t yet know the causes and consequences of tundra vegetation and biodiversity change. Our research group is addressing these major knowledge gaps to better understand the changing Arctic. We use a variety of tools including ecological monitoring, drones, traits, decomposition experiments using tea bags, and more. We also lead data syntheses in collaboration with researchers working across the circumpolar Arctic and around the world.
We also really love shrubs.