Tundra Ecology Lab

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We are a plant ecology research group that studies the influence of warming climate on tundra vegetation in northern ecosystems.

In particular, we investigate the spread of willows and other shrub species into Arctic and alpine tundra. Shrubs have the potential to restructure tundra ecosystems by changing ecosystem functions and creating feedbacks to climate warming that could further the increase of shrubs.

We conduct field research and data synthesis in collaboration with researchers working at sites around the circumpolar Arctic to better understand the causes and consequences of shrub encroachment in tundra ecosystems.

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