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Our Next Speaker

526th Meeting
 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
1. Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
2. Report of the Treasurer.
3. Report of the Nominating Committee and Election of Officers.
4. Other business.
5. Adjournment.


Paul Sokoloff

PLANTS AND LICHENS FROM THE TOP OF CANADA: ARCTIC FLORA AT THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE

     Scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature have been collecting plants and documenting botanical diversity in the Canadian Arctic for over 100 years. To this day, you can find them spending their summers out on the tundra, digging up samples and pressing plants in field camps across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Once dry, these two dimensional samples are added to the ever-growing National Herbarium of Canada, a library of flat plants comprising over one million herbarium sheets, and the best collection of Canadian Arctic plants on the planet. These specimens form the physical backbone for plant biodiversity knowledge. By studying them researchers can answer questions about how many plant species occur in the Arctic, and where we can  find them. This talk will cover the past and present of Arctic plant research at the Canadian Museum of Nature, including last summer’s trip to Ellesmere Island at the very top of Nunavut.
       Paul Sokoloff was born in Newfoundland but, coming from a roving family, counts himself a previous resident also of Indonesia, Vietnam, northern B.C., central Alberta, and rural Nova Scotia. Inspired by this nomadic upbringing, Paul has sought adventure in work and life. Paul received a B.Sc. from Carleton University in 2008, and an M.Sc. in botany from the University of Ottawa in 2010, and has been working as a senior research assistant in the Botany Division of the Canadian Museum of Nature ever since. Following a trip to Victoria Island in Canada’s Western Arctic in 2010, Paul seeks any opportunity he can to get back to Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and is now a veteran of eight Arctic expeditions, including most recently a leg of the Canada C3 Expedition.
       The meeting will be held in the Astra Lounge on the entrance level of the RCAF Officers Mess, 158 Gloucester Street (just east of Bank Street), Ottawa. Parking is available on the street and in nearby parking lots. There is a charge of $4.00 for evening use of the parking lot in the same block as the Mess. The meeting begins at 2000 hrs and the bar will be available from 1930 hrs. As always, guests are welcome.

Members of The Arctic Circle are reminded that dues for the calendar year 2018 are now payable. Dues statements will be mailed out shortly.

Next meetings:
Feb 13     Lester Kovac and Lynette Chubb: Exploring Ungava by canoe
Mar 13     Emily Choy on beluga whales as indicators of environmental change in the Beaufort Sea ecosystem

Happy New Year!
 
Thomas Frisch
Secretary
613-725-2221; tfrisch@sympatico.ca


Our Speakers Programme

This link allows you see our PDF brochure which includes the list of upcoming speakers.



SPEAKERS PROGRAMME
2017-2018

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