Edinburgh Lecture:The greening of the Arctic


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Dr Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh


Thursday, 18 January, 2018 - 18:00

The Arctic is warming rapidly, with unknown consequences for tundra ecosystems and the Earth’s climate. I will summarize the evidence for the detection and attribution of tundra vegetation change to climate change using data from across the tundra biome. I will highlight some of the work my research group has been doing to 1) quantify the drivers of tundra shrub expansion, 2) test the links between long-term ground-based measurements, satellite data and observations using drones and 3) understand the impacts of this change on the carbon cycle as a part of the Tundra “Tea Bag” experiment.

Isla Myers-Smith is global change ecologist. She leads a research group at the University of Edinburgh and coordinates large collaborative research networks. Her research integrates large-scale data synthesis, ecological monitoring, new technology including drones, and field-based experiments to understand how global change alters plant communities and ecosystem processes with a focus on tundra ecosystems. To find out more about her research see: https://teamshrub.wordpress.com/

BSS lectures are held jointly with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Tea available from 17.30


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