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The Relative Importance of Continental Ice Sheet and Oceanic Barriers on Arctic Land Snail Biodiversity (149275)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Jeffrey Nekola
Company: Masaryk University
Start Date: 2020-08-01
End Date: 2020-09-15
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Species range modeling in the Late Glacial Maximum (LGM) landscape strongly suggests the most effective biological barriers promoting arctic land snail diversification were firstly continental ice sheets and secondarily oceans. If continental ice is the most effective barrier, the impending loss of the Greenland ice sheet could lead to intermingling of the European and North American faunas, and a likely loss of biodiversity. We will test this hypothesis in the modern arctic North Atlantic via a Grantová Agentura České Republiky (GAČR) grant funded in December 2019. Because almost 100% biological turnover exists from eastern Canada to eastern Iceland, it is possible to determine the relative effectiveness of both ocean and ice sheet barriers by documenting total regional faunistic turnover from northern Labrador, southern Baffin Island, east and west Greenland, and western Iceland. Field sampling is required on Baffin Island as only a single species list is available, based on observations made over 80 years ago from the Kimmirut area by John Oughton of the University of Toronto, who documented approximately six species all with shell sizes of around 2 mm in maximum dimension (roughly the size of the Queen's nose on a penny). We would like to document regional land snail biodiversity in two southern Baffin Island areas: Kimmirut (potentially including areas within Katannilik Territorial Park) and Iqaluit (likely including areas within Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park). Within each region, we propose sampling approximately two dozen 1000 m2 areas, representing the full range of terrestrial environments occupied by terrestrial gastropods (e.g. fens, willow scrub,upland rich tundra). At each site we will sieve leaf litter to obtain roughly 300 ml of material, which will be returned to our laboratory to extract roughly 200 adult shells which require microscopic observation for accurate identification. From this we can accurately document total biodiversity at each site. No long-term impacts on regional ecology will be generated through this work: The limited disturbance required to obtain sieved litter will be eliminated after the first precipitation/wind event with the removed shells representing a tiny fraction of total population size (there are 1000 shells present per m2 within appropriate microsites). Our research will be made available not only to the NPC and other Provincial agencies, but will also be disseminated to the international scientific community via a series of high-profile publications.
Persons: 3
Days: 4
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6088 point Iqaluit and nearby areas
6089 point Kimmirut and nearby areas (including Taqaiqsirvik Provincial Park)
6130 point Katannilik Territorial Park within 2 km of Kimmirut
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Vehicle 1 SUV? Site access via preexisting roads
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 2 20 Gallons Will fill tank at local station before returning to rental agency
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
None 0 0 Gallons None
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-02-15
Originator: Jeffrey Nekola
Public Registry ID: 17336
Document Size: 279 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-03-03
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17508
Document Size: 247.64 Kb
2020-02-25 16:33:53, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good day, You have indicated in your description that you may potentially conduct your research data collection in areas within Katannilik Territorial Park. Could you please indicate those potential areas within the park as well in the map? Thank you, Goump