Herschel Island is a beautiful territorial park in the Canadian Arctic. This island holds a unique place in the history of the Pacific whaling industry. It’s wildlife is incredible and rich with mainly Arctic terns, red-necked phalaropes, grizzly bears,… and diverse flora. Did you know Herschel hosts the largest colony of black guillemots in the western Arctic, nesting in the old Anglican mission house (see below picture).
Sadly enough, Arctic temperatures are rising resulting in unparalleled environmental change. Herschel is at deep risk! Rising sea levels, increased wood rot and fungal growth, melting permafrost and increased erosion, all effects of global climate change, are having an impact on cultural heritage resources.
Team Shrub is a team of terrestrial ecologists based at the University of Edinburgh studying vegetation change in the Arctic tundra. In fact, much of their research is field-based experimental or observational ecology.
“… We conduct collaborative research, use large scale data sets and statistical modelling to explore patterns of change at the tundra biome scale.
We use dendroecology to work back in time and understand how shrub growth has changed over the previous decades and to estimate the climate sensitivity of shrub growth… more info >> “.
Please view here their below great video on Herschel island.