Dr Isla Myers-Smith

Chancellor's Fellow

Background

I study the influence of warming climate on tundra vegetation in northern ecosystems. In particular, I 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. I collaborate with researchers working at sites around the circumpolar Arctic to synthesize our combined data to better understand vegetation change in tundra ecosystems.

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