With the delay in Iqaluit, there has been quite a bit of botany going on. We have to wait get under way in order to look for whales, birds, and fossils. However, plants are accessible everywhere – including right here in town. Today I twice botanized the yard outside the residence we are staying in, [...]
Jennifer Doubt is a Botanist and Curator of the National Herbarium of Canada at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Working with her colleagues, she cares for one of Canada’s largest, most active and historically significant collections of preserved plants, and makes this enormous library of plants accessible for research and education around the world. The National Herbarium is known for its specimens from rarely-accessed Arctic regions, dating from well-known explorations that took place 200 years ago, through to the Museum’s present-day vibrant Arctic research program.
A Botanist is a scientist who studies plants and a botany Curator helps to manage the preservation and sharing of plant specimens for sustainable, productive use. As a bryologist, one of the many categories of botanist, Jennifer has a special interest in mosses.
During Expedition Arctic, Jennifer was on a mission to explore the Arctic’s plant life and from a scientific and cultural perspective.