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The Yukon Arctic coast and Qikiqtaruk are areas with ice-rich soil, frozen year round. As the growing seasons are getting longer and the temperatures are warmer in summer months, the landscape is changing. Slump D, the retrogressive thaw slump in this photo, is a very dynamic part of the Qikiqtaruk landscape, and the headwall is retreating more and more every year. We aim to determine how Arctic ecosystems respond to warming and how plants will change, in order to make predictions about how climate change will develop in the future. Is the Arctic is getting greener? How are new technologies enhancing research? Check out this article on the RGS website for more informationL https://www.rgs.org/geography/news/is-the-arctic-getting-greener/ Photo by Andrew Cunliffe #TeamShrub #inthefield2018 #Qikiqtaruk #uedinburgh #Arctic #ecology #dronestagram #drones #yukonterritory #northerncanada #exploreyukon #ukinarctic #arcticresearch @apecs.polar @polar.knowledge @rgs_ibg @edinunigeosciences @nercscience

#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

Thawing permafrost exposes more and more frozen ground each year forming huge ice cliffs in this tundra landscape. Slump D, as this retrogressive thaw slump is known, is retreating into the undisturbed tundra at a rate of approximately 14 metres per year, causing huge volumes of ice and soil to be lost to the ocean. By capturing this rapid rate of thaw over time using drone imagery, we can map the 3D structure and change of these dynamic Arctic ecosystems. #TeamShrub #inthefield2018 #Qikiqtaruk #uedinburgh #Arctic #ecology #dronestagram #drones #yukonterritory #northerncanada #exploreyukon #ukinarctic #arcticresearch @apecs.polar @polar.knowledge @rgs_ibg @edinunigeosciences @nercscience

A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walks along the beach at sunset near the Pauline Cove settlement on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island. Here, red foxes feed on lemmings and voles. It was a peak year for these cyclic rodent populations at our Arctic field site in 2018. We got to witness many successful pounces by this playful blonde-tinted fox who was our fieldwork companion on the island this summer. Team Shrub researcher and University of Edinburgh PhD student Gergana Daskalova captured this evening photo of our furry friend on his way home from the hunt. #TeamShrub #UEdinburgh #Qikiqtaruk #Arctic #Yukon #UKinArctic #inthefield2018 @edinunigeosciences @apecs.polar @rgs_ibg @nercscience

Permafrost thaw slump I flew three years ago to make a 3D map. This work, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Edinburgh, has continued annually ever since. Most of this peninsula of frozen ground is now gone. We’re now working with teams all around the Arctic to use drones to make scientific maps of tundra landscapes. Support from @insidenatgeo and @parrot_official has made my involvement possible, but the work is just beginning. We’re now back from the field and processing photographs into data-rich maps and subsequent satellite analyses. The Arctic is transforming in front of us. We know why (🔥☀️🌨), but what will these landscapes look like in 5, 10, or 50 years? What will happen to all the carbon in the permafrost? The research coming from these photos will help answer those questions. #DartArctic #TeamShrub #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #Arctic #NatGeo #NGS #DronesForGood // For more on permafrost change and research check out the timely and frighteningly beautiful article by 📸 @katieorlinsky and ⌨️ @craigwelch for #NatGeo.

Mapping with @jtkerby in the High Arctic. #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #Parrot #DiscoProAg #Sequoia

Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

#repost from @natgeo Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

@igrannapp from @natgeo: Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

Photo by @jtkerby (Jeff Kerby) // Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have been coming here every summer here since 1980, a polar oasis home to one of the longest running (and now widespread) experiments in Arctic plant ecology. After a long day in the field, we all take a turn at cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Canada #UBC #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #ITEX #TeamShrub // For more photos about the science and scientists at this site, #FollowMe on @jtkerby

Changing perspective // This photo is full of data - and that’s why I captured it. With a home-built drone carrying a Sony RX100, we snap hundreds to thousands of pictures as it flies along pre-determined transects. These photos are then stitched together and processed to make a larger map, one that captures 3D information about the landscape. While a single flower tells an important story, knowing the story of hundreds of thousands of flowers (and grass tufts, ice bergs, lemming dens, etc!) fills in gaps in our knowledge. Drones ecology is less about drones than it is fresh perspectives on landscapes and ideas about how the world works. So while this picture shows where the waters of Alexandra Fiord approach Canada’s northernmost RCMP building, it also documents a moment in time for innumerable plants and their changing environment. What will we notice is different when we revisit a day, week, month, decade later? #DroneEcology #DartArctic #TeamShrub #Dartmouth #UBC #UEdinburgh

Arctic flowers cast long shadows // As a PhD student many moons ago I gathered hundreds of thousands of records about plant growth and flowering by staring at the same patches of tundra, day after day. This seemingly banal information about when and which plants grow during the short Arctic spring was the basis for a thesis that spanned plants, caribou, muskoxen, and even sea ice. This focus on timing (phenology, the science of studying biological rhythms and timing) is critical to understanding climate change’s impacts on the natural world. Change one natural rhythm, and many others can be affected (or not - but that’s why we study this stuff, to figure out why and why not!). So what do we see here? This is a Stellaria flower at Alexandra Fiord on Ellesmere Island, but with it, we can begin to unpick how the whole ecosystem functions. #Arctic #Phenology #Ellesemere #DartArctic #UBC #UEdinburgh @dartmouthcollege @dartmouthdickey

Washing up // A quiet view of Alexandra Fiord on the east coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. Even in the peak of summer, ice lingers on the tidal flats as the sun glides in a continuous circle low on the horizon. Tundra researchers have spent every summer here since 1980, setting up one of the longest running (and now widespread) tundra experiments to study the influence of warming on plants and permafrost. After a long day in the field, members of the research crew take turns cooking and doing dishes. While I generally love cooking, this is one of the first times I’ve also looked forward to cleaning up the mess. What a view! #Arctic #Ellesmere #Dartmouth #DartArctic #TeamShrub #UBC #UEdinburgh #ITEX

Big news in our house this evening! My oldest, a high school senior, has officially accepted his offer to study Economics and Politics at the University of Edinburgh! The first pic was from a trip there when he was 6. Our familys love of travel has rubbed off, and now I am supposed to be happy that in just a few short months, he will be attending 4 years of school over 3,000 miles away. 🤔 I am happy, and really proud, and also a bit weepy. But this does give me fabulous excuses to rack up frequent flyer miles!! Looking forward to lots of adventures, mostly his, but a few of my own too. . . . #adventurewithkids #travelwithkids #uedinburgh #universityofedinburgh #clickinmoms #familyadventures #classof2022 #familytravel #edinburgh #momwithacamera #offtocollege

Mural in support of women of color at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. #educationaroundtheworld #womenofcolor #uedinburgh

School of Law, Old College #LLMQuest #uedinburgh

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Remnants of sea ice along the coast of Herschel Island in late June. The region was completely locked with ice when we flew in by Twin Otter near the end of the month, but all disappeared in a matter of weeks. When the nearby ocean is covered with ice, winds chill as they pass over, cooling nearby tundra and slowing plant development. In recent decades, earlier sea ice loss each season (on average) has been associated with earlier plant growth in spring. The chain between sea ice and life on land is. it always direct, but is widespread in the Arctic. #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #DartArctic #NatGeo

Moose in the Mackenzie River Delta, Canada. Ive had a series of nights without sleep the past few weeks, and this is a scene from one of them. I was fortunate to be able to hop on a power boat ride from Herschel Island back to Inuvik with some Yukon Parks rangers, managing to cover the ~280 km trip across the Beaufort in 9 hrs or so. This scene was from after we entered the maze of channels and waterways of the delta around 5am. Once in the delta, the route became twisted, but with the advantage of much calmer water. This moose was sitting in the middle of one such waterway as our boat sped past. This was the beginning of my journey from Canada to Siberia while working on a #NatGeo grant to study tundra change in northern ecosystems. #DartArctic #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #Canada

The tip of Simpson Point on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island. This bit of land is constantly reshaped by ice, sea conditions, and sediment deposition. It provides one of the few protected harbors along Canadas NW coast, and was also home to me, Yukon Parks rangers, and a team from the #UEdinburgh as we spent part of June and July studying patterns of vegetation change on the island. #NatGeo #Grant #DartArctic #UEdinburgh #Canada #TeamShrub

The old Anglican mission house sits abandoned on Simpson Point, a rare protected spot on the coastline of Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island in the Canadian Arctic. Buildings on this small spit of land sit only meters above sea level, and as oceans rise this coastline - and the future of these buildings - is eroding rapidly into the sea. Other buildings on the island already feel the waves lapping against their foundations during high tides. Many of these relics of the islands whaling era may not last another century. The island is also an important hub for research on the ecology of climate change, with work being led by groups from Scotland, Germany, and Canada. I joined a team from Edinburgh to help study the effects of climate change on tundra ecology using drones. More on that in subsequent posts. #NatGeo #Canada #Dartmouth #DartArctic #UEdinburgh

Yukons North Slope. Home to hundreds of thousands of caribou in the summer, but also a landscape in transition. The ice that has locked the soil in a steady state for thousands of years is receding deeper - and plants and animals are responding. Ill be spending this summer studying this from a birds eye view in Canada and Russia with a grant from #NatGeo, joining up with larger research teams in each area to better understand these processes. Not sure when Ill be able to post once Im out in the field, but stay tuned for more as it comes! #UEdinburgh #DartArctic #TeamShrub #Explore #HiLDEN

And this! #Repost @jtkerby (@get_repost) ・・・ Heading North. #iPhone snap of the Yukon en route to Inuvik. #NatGeo #DartArctic #UEdinburgh #Canada

Heading North. #iPhone snap of the Yukon en route to Inuvik. #NatGeo #DartArctic #UEdinburgh #Canada @hilleberg_the_tentmaker

#Repost @natgeoadventure with @repostapp ・・・ Flying low over Canadas Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canadas largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukons Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

regram @natgeoadventure Flying low over Canadas Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canadas largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukons Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

Flying low over Canadas Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canadas largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukons Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

Arctic ecologist Santeri Lehtonen (@santhur) examines ice crystals in the historic ice house on Qikiqtaruk Island off Canadas Yukon Coast. Even when summer days call for t-shirts on the tundra, this sod covered excavation into the islands permafrost stays a cool -3 degrees C. Santeri has spent the past two summers assisting PhD student Jakob Assmann collect vegetation data needed to study Arctic-wide phenomena linked with climate change. #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #Dartmouth #Arctic #Canada #Yukon #Icehouse #Herschel #Qikiqtaruk

Permafrost slumping into the Arctic Ocean. Another aerial shot from some UAV mapping missions I flew for the University of Edinburgh tundra ecology group. Slight differences in perspective in many aerial photos of the same area on the ground can be used to generate 3D maps that can be compared from year to year to track the volume of permafrost lost each season. #UAV #ConservationDrones #DartArctic #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #Arctic

A stormy beach on Qikiqtaruk. Weather turns sharply on the island, and sometimes winds erupt from seemingly nowhere. Here, the tail end of a day long storm blows off above a protected cove near the daily solar minimum. It wasnt nearly as bad as the storm in late July, but was still enough to keep the aerial data collection to a minimum. #Arctic #Herschel #Qikiqtaruk #Uedinburgh #DartArctic #Fieldwork

One of several hundred photos from a drone flight over the coastal tundra of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island. All of these photos will be stitched together into a large mosaic to create ultra high resolution maps of vegetation on this part of the island. Its always exciting to find aesthetically pleasing photos among the many required to build a map. Captured with a Sony RX100 on a custom fixed wing drone I built at #Dartmouth specifically for this trip. These maps will contribute to a larger project based out of the #TeamShrub working group at the University of Edinburgh with a particular focus on climate change ecology research. #UEdinburgh #DartArctic #Arctic #ConservationDrones #UAV #Fieldwork

Aerial capture from a series of a few hundred nadir shots used to map a flood plain along the coast of Herschel Island. #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #Dartmouth #ConservationDrones #Ecology #ClimateChange

Dr. Isla Myers-Smith from the University of Edinburgh looks through the narrow opening of an ice-house that was blasted out of the permafrost on Qikiqtaruq-Herschel Island over a hundred years ago. This naturally cooled fridge keeps field supplies at -3C even in the peak of Arctic summer. Of the several original ice houses blasted out on the island, this is the only one that has not collapsed over the past century. Not a place for the claustrophobic! Every summer Isla and her team of vegetation scientists head to this arctic island to study the processes that underly vegetation response to climate change in this region. #TeamShrub #UEdinburgh #Dartmouth #DartArctic #Arctic #climatechange @dartmoutharctic

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