Climate Change Education: Fostering Dialogues Between Science and Art

By Caitilin de Bérigny Wall (onacloV) and Erika Woolsey.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Presenting the science of global climate change is a challenge, particularly with the prevalence of climate denialism. Creative methods of communicating environmental science, such as visualizations, are needed to engage and inform the public. Art and science collaborations are therefore essential for climate change education. One such concept is Reefs on the Edge, an experimental hybrid between art and science that fuses marine biology, environmental science and multiple art forms to explore coral reef habitats and ecosystems threatened by the effects of climate change. Such cooperation encourages education, public discourse and critical discussion to promote conservation in changing climates.

Keywords: Environmental Art, Science Education, Coral Reef Studies, Climate Change Awareness

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.145-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.233MB).

Dr. Caitilin de Bérigny Wall (onacloV)

Lecturer, Design Lab, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

onacloV is directing Reefs on the Edge, an experimental hybrid between art and science. The interdisciplinary project fuses marine biology, environmental science and multiple art forms: photography; sound; video and visualization technologies. The project aims to experiment with scientific data, underwater video, sound, and photography collected at One Tree Island Reef, located on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in tropical Australia. This work will encapsulate and explore the magnificence of reef ecosystems that are threatened worldwide. On the GBR, sea surface temperatures are warming most rapidly at the southern edge of the GBR Marine Park, where One Tree Island Reef is located. onacloV holds a PhD in New Media from the University of Canberra. Her other degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours from the Australian National University and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and a Post Graduate Diploma in Video Art & Contemporary Theory and Philosophy from the École des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France.

Erika Woolsey

PhD Candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia

Erika is currently undertaking a PhD in marine biology with supervision at the University of Sydney and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Duke University, where she majored in biology and minored in art history. She became interested in coral reefs during exchange programs in Australia and Bermuda. She received her Masters of Applied Science from the University of Sydney where her thesis topic described coral spawning conditions in the southern Great Barrier Reef. Her PhD thesis focuses on how climate change will affect coral larval ecology and biogeography. She hopes to contribute to public understanding of the natural world and has experience teaching and presenting in aquariums such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Bermuda Aquarium. She is a divemaster and has field experience on the Great Barrier Reef.


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