EcoScience+Art (2013-2018) is an initiative and collaboration between the arts and sciences at George Mason University. Through a variety of events and activities, EcoScience+Art intends provided the university and surrounding communities with an opportunity to experience, learn, and actively participate in novel works and cooperative ideas across curricula and professional disciplines. The series supported the collaboration of environmental sciences, the arts, and humanities with the intention of finding new transdisciplinary approaches for college general education, university research, and collaborative endeavors with local organizations. The EcoScience + Art student leadership group (Tier II) was formed (https://getconnected.gmu.edu/organization/EcoSciencePlusArt)
The novel, unprecedented theme of the focused symposium provided a unique opportunity to share experiences and build collaborations among ecological engineers, ecosystem scientists, and eco-artists in the context of an international congress. The symposium provided an international audience with U.S. experiences on ecological design, ecosystem restoration, urban ecology, ecological engineering practices, ecosystem science and engineering, and eco-art, both separately and collaboratively. The focused symposium presented an opportunity for both the participants and the attendees of the Congress for cross-cultural, interdisciplinary connections and thus further collaboration opportunities among them. This type of scholarly and cultural exchange is still rare and strengthens U.S. scientific research and practices in ecosystem restoration, watershed management, biodiversity, stormwater management, and ecological engineering practices. The learning outcome of the focused symposium was a transformational nexus of ecosystem science and engineering and eco-art to enhance communication, research, and education as a key aspect of advancing environmental sustainability.
I also collaborate with Provisions Library (Donald Russell, Executive Director) as part of the School of Art for both on-campus art-science projects and mentoring student sustainability art-science projects on a variety of topics.
I also serve as a Guest Editor for a special issue of Nature-Based Solutions (Elsevier) and am currently curating papers to be contributed to it, aiming for its publication in 2024.