Isla Myers-Smith – Global change ecologist

Isla is a global change ecologist who investigates plants in the Arctic and beyond and how ecosystems are responding to climate change. Her research examines the ‘greening of the Arctic’ in response to climate warming and impacts including shrub expansion and permafrost thaw. Her research group ‘Team Shrub’ use tools from measuring tapes to drones to capture Arctic change across landscapes in the Canadian Arctic and around the tundra biome. She works collaboratively with local communities and international research teams to better understand environmental change in the Arctic and beyond. She is particularly excited to explore how spatial patterning could influence the resilience of tundra and savanna ecosystems to global change.