Watch this video to learn more about the beautiful plants you can find in Nunavut, what it’s like to conduct field research and camp in the Arctic, and hear Lynn, a botanist from the Canadian Museum of Nature answer some interesting audience questions. 
This discussion was between Lynn Gillespie, a botanist from the Canadian Museum of Nature, and Joni Karoo, an SOI Arctic 2019 Alum from Taloyoak, Nunavut.
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. 


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