What species can you find living in the High Arctic?

This past summer the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics partnered with Polar Knowledge Canada to work in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) is based. Staff conducted a biodiversity survey of the local area collecting arthropods, plants, lichens and mosses. Mikko Pentinsaari is a taxonomist specialist in Staphylinidae beetles. He uses a sifting bucket to sort through leaf litter, moss and detritus to find beetles and other organisms. Samples collected will be identified using DNA barcoding, a species identification method that uses a short standardized gene region.