Since 2021, I have been spearheading a joint project of the Organization of Biological Field Stations and the Long Term Ecological Network, called Ecotones: Art-Science at Field Stations. Ecotones facilitates artist residencies and other arts activities at environmental research sites. As transition zones between two different environments, ecotones are rich environments. Living things from each habitat wander into the edge, and others specialize in the edge habitat itself. Wander into this rich ecotone where art, science, and the environment share overlapping boundaries. Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary art-science activities at field stations can:
Expand the way scientists and artists approach their work
Engage the public with science and art, and communicate science in new ways
Challenge the boundaries we have set up between art and science to think more broadly about our relationships with the natural world
Below are some examples of art produced at field stations, marine labs, and long term ecological research sites.