Tundra Ecology Lab (Team Shrub)

Welcome to Team Shrub


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.

A key theme of our research is investigating climate change impacts in tundra ecosystems. There is strong evidence that tundra ecosystems are responding to a warming climate. However, we don’t yet know the mechanistic pathways leading to change that would allow for quantitative predictions. Vegetation change could restructure the tundra by influencing nutrient cycles, carbon storage, surface reflectance, thus creating feedbacks that can affect the planet as a whole. Our research group is addressing these major knowledge gaps to better understand the causes and consequences of vegetation change.

We conduct field research using a variety of tools including ecological monitoring, drones, dendroecology, 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.

Check out our research, publications, media, outreach and team.

We also really love shrubs.


Recent Posts

The Arctic fieldwork begins!

Happy Solstice everyone!

Team Drone arrives

Will, Gergana and Andy from the current Team Drone Crew on arrival on Qikiqtaruk on the 21st June 2017 – Jeff was off taking photos somewhere and miss the photo!

Team Drone has flown off from Inuvik and landed safe and sound on Qikiqtaruk – Herschel Island yesterday. The sea ice is still moving around in the waters around the island.  Sam the ranger said it was piling up in Thetis Bay in an impressive way a few days ago. You can check out the sea ice conditions in this satellite image below and live on the NASA website.

Photos and accounts to follow of Team Shrub’s arrival when Park Biologist Cameron Eckert flies off of the island later today. Cameron has recently had some really cool bird sightings on the island over the past week including a Calliope Hummingbird feeding on a willow flower and a Cape May Warbler foraging in the tundra, those are the first sightings for the island and the Hummingbird is a first for the Yukon and Beaufort Region! He supposedly has an awesome picture of the hummingbird.  Can’t wait to see it!

Team Drone has put the food in the ice house freezer and rested after the busy period of field preparations in Inuvik and has even had a chance to go out birding with Cameron before he leaves the island.  I am guessing they will be getting going on field data collection today.

Let the fieldwork begin!

by Isla

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