Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.
While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
This week: Arctic Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Paul Sokoloff, a botanist at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Paul Sokoloff is a botanist at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, where he has been working since finishing his M.Sc. in 2010. Following a trip to Victoria Island in Canada’s Western Arctic, Paul seeks any opportunity he can to get back to Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and is now a veteran of nine expeditions working to catalog plant life above the treeline.
How many plant species grow in the Canadian Arctic? Where can we find them? These are the questions that the Canadian Museum of Nature's botany team is trying to answer. Find out just how far above the treeline these botanists are willing to go in search of tundra plants, and hear about a few of their adventures along the way.