The Reindeer Botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977

Wendy Dathan


978-1-55238-586-9 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-588-3 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-589-0 (ePub)

$44.95 CAD / $51.95 USD

748 pages
80 b&w photos, 7 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Northern Lights
November 2012

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About the Book

This well-researched book is the first biography of one of Canadas most remarkable botanists. Alf Erling Porsild (1901-1977) grew up on the Arctic Station in West Greenland and later served as curator of botany at the National Museum of Canada. He collected thousands of specimens, greatly enlarging the National Herbarium and making it a superb research centre. For nearly twenty years, Porsild studied reindeer activities in Alaska and the Northwest Territories as part of the Reindeer Project designed to encourage grazing animal husbandry among aboriginal peoples. He published extensively, and his meticulous research and observations have particular relevance today with the growing concern over global warming in the Arctic.


About the Author

Wendy Dathan studied botany at McGill University and eventually worked as Assistant/Acting Curator at the McGill Herbarium and thereafter began her research on Porsild for her masters thesis on his Canadian Reindeer Project years.

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Part One - Reindeer Survey / Exploration, 1901–1928 Download
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