If you haven’t been to Nunavut, you may not know it’s home to a vast variety of flowering plants, lichens,  mosses, and more found on the land. Lynn Gillespie, a Canadian Museum of Nature botanist, has built a career studying Arctic botany. Lynn will be on Facebook LIVE on October 27th discussing plants you can find in Nunavut, what it’s like to conduct field research in the Arctic, and answering your questions. 

Lynn Gillespie

Botany Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Lynn Gillespie names and classifies plants, discovering new species, and studies their evolutionary history and diversity.

Lynn Gillespie travels the globe to study flowering plants. Since joining the museum in 1994, she has homed in on three areas of research: Arctic plants, bluegrasses and their relatives, and plants in the poinsettia family (Euphorbiaceae). She also uses DNA sequencing to classify plants and identify new species.

Lynn is currently a co-leader of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project, an international effort that will produce a new online guide and resource for all vascular plants (ranging from club mosses to flowering plants) in Arctic Canada and Alaska.

She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches and supervises graduate and undergraduate students. She is a lead editor for the Flora of North America project and has served on the Committee for the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Plant Expert Group.

This interview is made possible with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.