Abstract Detail



Biogeography

McMullin, Troy [1], Gillespie, Lynn [1], Saarela, Jeffery [1], Sokoloff, Paul [1].

Lichens and allied fungi of Nunavut: establishing a baseline in a changing environment.

The territory of Nunavut was created in 1999. It is the largest province or territory in Canada (area = 2,093,190 km2) and it encompasses the majority of the Canadian Arctic. Arctic regions are among the most rapidly changing on the planet due to climate change, so understanding the composition and distribution of Arctic lichens, in the past and present, is essential to documenting change in the future. Scientists at the Canadian Museum of Nature are leading a research program focused on developing a better understanding of Canadian Arctic lichens and vascular plants through floristic and systematic studies. The results will serve as a basis for biodiversity, ecological, conservation, and environmental impact studies. A focus on the lichens and allied fungi of Nunavut was initiated when lichens were added to the program in 2016. Since then, four expeditions have been completed, targeting widespread localities throughout Nunavut. Results from these recent trips are presented, highlighting new and interesting species discovered.


1 - Canadian Museum Of Nature, PO Box 3443, Station D, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6P4, Canada

Keywords:
lichen
Arctic
biogeography
taxonomy
climate change
bioindicators.

Presentation Type: Poster This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PBG011
Abstract ID:810
Candidate for Awards:None


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