School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

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Isla H. Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow
Global Change Research Group
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
113 Crew Building, The King's Buildings
West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JN
phone: +44 (0) 131 650 7251
e-mail: isla.myers-smith (at)


I study the influence of warming climate on tundra vegetation in northern ecosystems. In particular, I investigate the spread of willows and other shrub species into arctic and alpine tundra. Shrubs have the potential to restructure tundra ecosystems by changing ecosystem functions and creating feedbacks to climate warming that could further the increase of shrubs. I collaborate with researchers working at sites around the circumpolar Arctic to synthesize our combined data to better understand vegetation change in tundra ecosystems.