The Greening of the Arctic

  • Isla Myers-Smith (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


The Arctic is warming rapidly, with unknown consequences for tundra ecosystems and the Earth’s climate. Although far away from the UK, what is happening in the tundra can be an early warning signal of things to come for the rest of the world. In this talk, Isla Myers-Smith will explore recent evidence for how vegetation in the northern-most areas of our planet is already showing signs of climate change. How are tundra ecosystems changing? Are they becoming greener? How can we use the latest drone technology to understand this change? How does the humble tea bag allow us to understand the tundra carbon cycle? And what will these changes mean for the future of the flora and fauna living in tundra landscapes and for the planet as a whole?

Isla Myers-Smith is global change ecologist. She has been working for over a decade to study how tundra plants and ecosystems are responding to the warming climate. She is the leader of the Team Shrub research group at the University of Edinburgh that is conducting cutting-edge research into vegetation at the northern latitudes and beyond. Her research integrates data from sites around the tundra biome, new technology including drones and international experiments using tea bags.
Period22 Sept 2018
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionInternational