ENVS graduate student, Juniper Harrower is on a mission to save the Joshua Tree. Working from a grant funded by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, Harrower's research examines the impacts of climate change on Joshua trees and their symbiotic fungi.
Seeking Symbiosis, the art show, is a collaboration between Juniper Harrower, a PhD student in the Environmental Studies Department, and Dr. Geoffrey Thomas, a Research Associate in the Art Department. It seeks to educate students on the impacts of human driven global change on ecosystem processes and biodiversity via the course Thomas teaches entitled, "Special Topics in Drawing - Digital Storytelling, Art 119." The triptychs are in the north hallways of the ISB through the end of spring quarter. The research and work was featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel at the end of fall quarter. Read more.
Says Harrower: "Using art to examine topics from Environmental Studies is a powerful way to connect with people at the emotional and belief-system levels to challenge preconceptions and motivate action. These interdisciplinary collaborations can provide strategies towards developing innovative approaches to live sustainably and safe guard biodiversity."
Dr. Thomas’s class will be offered again in Spring 2015: Special Topics in Drawing - Digital Storytelling, Art 119-2. Additionally, students interested in future art/science collaborations can get involved with a soon to be announced art/science competition on campus organized through WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). Contact Art/Science Outreach Officer Harrower at email@example.com for details on that competition as they are released.