SymbioArt Lab Founder’s Research Featured in National Geographic!

Iconic Joshua Trees may disappear - but scientists are fighting back.

By Philip Kiefer

(Full story available on the National Geographic website)

The desert’s harshness breeds strange bedfellows—desert bats fly hundreds of miles in the night to feed on agave, and seedlings often rely on their dead forebears to provide shelter. But those relationships can make it hard to adapt in a changing climate.

Rising temperatures have set the natural world creeping uphill or northwards in search of relief. But ecosystems don’t move in lock-step. The foxes might outpace the tortoises which might outpace the trees. In the process, the ecological deck is shuffled. These changes threaten to unravel the interspecies networks on which desert organisms depend. And the Joshua tree, an international symbol of the American desert, seems to have been dealt a bad hand.

Full story here…

SymbioArt Lab Co-Produces Art-Science Exhibition

This event is co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves and The Ken Norris Center for Natural History, and SymbioArtlab which partner to expose students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to the natural world.  Exhibit opens with a private event and art/science panel moderated by ecologist and artist Juniper Harrower.

Exhibition: Reserves of Inspiration: Exploring UC Santa Cruz Natural Landscapes Nov 6 – Dec 8, gallery hours, Tues – Sat, 12-5pm

Open House Events: Nov 10, 12-5pm Dec 7, 5-8pm

Nature-inspired artwork blends creative expression with the direct observation and interpretation of the world around us. Both making and viewing nature-focused art can open our eyes to the intricacies, complexity, and beauty of the natural world, motivate directions for scientific inquiry, and spark or renew our connection and love for nature. We are excited to inspire connections with the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves through this exhibit.

This event is co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves and The Ken Norris Center for Natural History, which partner to expose students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to the natural world.

The Natural Reserves at UC Santa Cruz include four of the 39 reserves that comprise the University of California Natural Reserve System, as well as the Campus Natural Reserve. Each reserve consists of natural environments set aside for research, education, and public service. From fog-enshrouded manzanita to the steep coastal canyons of Big Sur, they provide an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the natural world firsthand.

The Ken Norris Center for Natural History is an on-campus resource center for students and community members interested in studying anything related to the natural world. The Center supports numerous classes, research projects, internships, and programs. The Norris Center Art and Natural History Initiative supports science illustration courses, nature art weekend workshops, partnerships between faculty researchers and student artists, and public exhibits such as this one.