Professor Eric DeChaine and students have been focusing collecting efforts and botanical inventories in the arctic and alpine tundra around the North Pacific Rim, from the Rocky Mountains, Cascades, and Coast ranges of North America, across Beringia, and throughout Siberia, the Russian Far East, and Japan.



Our ongoing research into the evolutionary and biogeographic history of the arctic-alpine clade
of Saxifraga sect. Bronchiales is continuing to yield exciting discoveries and generate
challenging questions.



This summer, our field botanists are roaming the Pacific Northwest in an anttempt to re-locate historic records of plants from throughout the region. You can follow their journeys on the Botanical Survey and Monitor
(SAM) Project Blog
and our Instragram Feed @botanypnw.


arctic alpine botany biogeography phylogeography systematics tundra beringia pacific northwest cascade coast olympic rocky mountain flora flower refugia saxifraga austromontana bronchialis cherlerioides funstonii taylorii tricuspidata vespertina spinulosa stelleriana derbekii rebunshirensis nishidae yuparensis anadyrensis kolymensis Alaska Washington Oregon British Columbia Russia Siberia Greenland Japan Eric DeChaine

muskox skull

Western Washington University, Department of Biology Rm 237, MS 9160, 516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225
eric.dechaine@wwu.edu (360) 650-6575

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grants No. ARC-0714232 and DEB-1256832.
Any opinions, findings or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.