Temperature increases in Canada’s Arctic have been among the most rapid on the planet. In addition to warming, northern ecosystems are experiencing larger and more frequent natural and human-caused disturbances. Together these changes are facilitating rapid, often unprecedented, alterations to Arctic ecosystems. 

To understand the causes, rate, and consequences of northern environmental change members of Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab combine detailed field investigations, regional change detection, and spatial pattern analysis, with investigations focused on the traditional knowledge and local land users. Ongoing projects focus on thermokarst disturbance, storm surges, vegetation change, catastrophic lake drainage, road networks, and community-based environmental monitoring. 

Changes to Arctic ecosystems will have a significant impact on the livelihoods of northern indigenous peoples, protected areas management, and efforts to minimize the impacts of northern development. Research in the Arctic Landscape Ecology seeks to provide knowledge that will inform the development of resilient strategies to adapt to ongoing changes in Canada’s north. If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher contact:  Dr. Trevor Lantz (