The project BioShrubGreenLand aims at deciphering the evolutionary history of terrestrial microorganisms and plants in Greenland, and investigates which factors drive species distribution and terrestrial biodiversity patterns.
The unique samples collected for the project will provide completely novel information on the biodiversity and distribution of the majority of terrestrial organisms in many new Greenlandic locations.
We hope to predict how Greenlandic terrestrial biodiversity will change under future climate change by linking baseline biodiversity data of terrestrial soil taxa and plants in Greenland to existing climate data.
Greenland is a perfect natural “laboratory” to study distribution patterns of soil taxa and plants representing the entire circumpolar region, as it covers most climate and vegetation zones in the Arctic. GLACE also uniquely enables sampling from rarely visited sites in northern Greenland.