Arctic Ecology Lab at UVic – Lichen Sample Sorting

The Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria (ale.uvic.ca) needs volunteers.

One of the projects currently underway at the lab involves lichen biomass monitoring in the Western Arctic.

Objective:
To expand lichen biomass monitoring across the Western Arctic.
Background: Recent research has shown links between:
1)      Increased tall shrub cover and extent
2)      Climate change
3)      Increases in size and number of disturbances across the landscape. Eg: roads, seismic lines, etc.

Increased tall shrub cover may affect lichen biomass since lichen typically does not flourish under tall shrub canopies. Changes to lichen biomass are important because lichen is a major food source for caribou.

Volunteer Work Description: Help is needed to sort through lichen and remove non-lichen biomass from the samples.

Location: Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria (David Turpin Building, B-Wing).

Dates: January – March 2015. Times can be arranged with Emily.

If you are interested please contact Emily Cameron at [email protected]
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