Dr. Jill Johnstone was a full professor and is now an adjuct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and holds research affiliations at the U of S and University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been conducting research in the areas of northern plant ecology and environmental biology since 1995, when she completed a M.Sc. degree in arctic plant ecology at the University of British Columbia. Following her M.Sc., Jill worked as a consultant in northern Canada and then completed her Ph.D. research on fire and boreal forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Johnstone led the Northern Plant Ecology Lab at the U of S from 2006-2017, with graduate students conducting research in Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. She has recently returned to live in the Yukon Territory, where she conducts freelance research in collaboration with government agencies, First Nations, and academics. Her research continues to focus on the role of natural and human disturbances in catalyzing ecosystem responses to climate change.