Map of Arctic kelp now and in the future

Goldsmit, J., Schlegel, R., Filbee-Dexter, K., MacGregor, K. A., Johnson, L. E., Mundy, C. J., et al. (2021). Kelp in the Eastern Canadian Arctic: current and future predictions of habitat suitability and cover. Front. Mar. Sci. 18, 1453. doi:10.3389/FMARS.2021.742209/BIBTEX.

Key drivers of change to pan-Arctic vegetated ecosystems 

Krause-Jensen, D., Archambault, P., Assis, J., Bartsch, I., Bischof, K., Filbee-Dexter, K., et al. (2020). Imprint of climate change on pan-Arctic marine vegetation. Front. Mar. Sci. 7, 617324. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.617324.


Ecology and drivers of kelp abundance in the Eastern Canadian Arctic 

Filbee-Dexter K, MacGregor KA, Lavoie C, Garrido I , Goldsmit J, de la Guardia LC, Howland K, Johnson LE, Konar B, McKindsey CW, Mundy CJ, Schlegel RW, Archambault P. Sea ice and substratum shape extensive kelp forests in the Canadian Arctic. Frontiers in Marine Science. in press. 

Genetic diversity of Arctic Alaria - a unique lineage in the Canadian Arctic!

Bringloe, T. T., Zaparenkov, D., Starko, S., Vieira, C., Kawai, H., Hanyuda, T., et al. (2021). Whole genome sequencing reveals forgotten lineages and recurrent hybridizations within the kelp genus Alaria (Phaeophyceae) whole genome sequencing reveals forgotten lineages and (Phaeophyceae). J. Phycol. doi:

Popular Science Articles

Berge J, Filbee-Dexter K, Duarte C, Krause-Jensen D, Howland K, Archambault P. 2020. Arctic Ocean: climate change is flooding the remote north with light – and new species. The Conversation Oceans 21. (popular science article)

Underwater forests in the Arctic expand with rapid warming. The Conversation Canada.


​Planned Deliverables

  1. Identification of the key drivers of change to kelps forests and areas that are vulnerable to threats

  2. Policy recommendation for sustainable kelp forest management, with key knowledge gaps

  3. Estimate of ecosystem services provided by kelp forests in the Canadian Arctic

  4. Professional competence building and knowledge transfer to Northern communities (Certifications for participants of course indicating level of taxonomic expertise)

  5. Openly available outreach videos, lesson plans, and course materials on Arctic coastal habitats

  6. Development of a strong network of researchers, government scientists, organizations, and students working on Arctic coastal ecosystems in Canada