Plants and Landscapes of the Arctic

Plants and landscapes of the Arctic will be the subject of a presentation by ecologist Martha Raynolds at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The program is free and open to the public at the Cody Library.

Martha will show some of her photos from decades of research in the Arctic and describe how plant communities are distributed around the circumpolar north.

Some of these will look familiar, with plants similar to or identical to those that grow in alpine areas near Cody. Martha will also summarize her current research using satellite data to monitor trends in arctic vegetation.

Martha is a plant ecologist, specializing in the mapping of arctic vegetation. She helped create the first Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map. She has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 35 years, and has worked in northern Alaska, the Canadian Arctic Islands, and Siberia.

This summer she is looking forward to work on Baffin Island, in Canada.