Transforming Nature   Transforming Nature


Summer 2014

A collaborative endeavor involving undergraduate and graduate students from science, the arts, and communication to convey conservation science to diverse audiences.

Science can help solve many of the environmental problems facing society today, but science alone will not pave the way to swift resolutions, because public perception has a large impact on the likelihood of political and societal action.

Interactions between scientists, artists, and communicators have the potential to synergistically ignite to communicate the science of nature.

The Transforming Nature Poster (left) was designed by artist, Jaclyn Stephens, for advertising our public exhibit at the Oxford Community Art Center from Nov. 14-Dec 5, 2014.
The Projects More than 150 people attended the opening ceremony and many hundreds more moved through in the days that followed because the room was used for rentals and art fairs throughout the month following the exhibition.

 Watershed Connections  

Watershed Connections Video


 Alicia Auhagen   The Watershed group explored the connections of land-use to the Acton Lake Watershed through the development of a creative video. Acton Lake is a highly eutrophic reservoir in southwestern Ohio that is located in a watershed dominated by row crop agriculture.
 Andrea Christman  
 Lila Wengler  
 Faculty Mentors: Mike Vanni & Annie-Laurie Blair  

 Prevalent Pesticides

 Tyler Hoskins   The Pesticide group explored the relationship humans have with pesticide use through a chapbook of pesticide prose and poetry that highlights the contrasting styles of scientists and poets. You can download the chapbook, 3.5 lbs here.   
 Tara Keesling  
 Samantha Rumschlag  
 Faculty Mentor: Michelle Boone  


The 3.5 lbs chapbook cover (left) was a screenprint of a slide of amphibian testes that were exposed to a common pesticide made by Samantha Rumschlag.


  Crop Diversity

Matthew Dietrich
  The Crop Diversity group explored the loss of genetic diversity in crops over the last 80 years through development of prints and stamps of common fruits and vegetables, some of which are included below.
Jaclyn Stephens
Faculty Mentor: Richard Moore