What Will Nature Do?

A collaborative arts+sci exhibition and education project to
communicate climate change science through the arts.

September 30 – November 13, 2021


A Year of Artivism | Art Making an Impact!  

Artists: Consider being a part of this collaborative Arts+Science exhibition!
The Call to Artists is currently underway.
Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2021.
Below you will find inspiration and the full set of climate scientist and artist lectures.

“The main challenge is the lack of human imagination; our inability to see a different future because we’re staring down this dystopian path of pandemic, climate change, biodiversity loss.”
Tim Christophersen, head of the Nature for Climate branch at the UN Environment Programme

What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part Two: Artists and Their Artistic Practices with Science

Dr. Jerri Bartholomew and the OSU Arts+Science Team created a new Lecture Series focused on Artists who incorporate Science in their artistic practices. More inspiration for your artwork creation for the What Will Nature Do? Project.

ALL Lectures, Tues, 4-5 pm (PDT) unless noted.
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In case you missed it, earlier this year we produced What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part One: Climate change Scientists and Their Research as additional inspiration to potential WWND Artists.

Access Recordings of What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part One: Climate change Scientists and Their Research

Food for Thought and Inspiration

POETRY: 24 Hours of Reality: “Earthrise” | Amanda Gorman
The case for stubborn optimism on climate | Christiana Figueres
Nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change | Thomas Crowther

What Would Nature Do? Exhibit Curator Dr. Dominique Bachelet presents Art and Climate Change

Dates to Remember
Feb 18 – Mar 25Climate Change Science Researcher Lectures via Zoom | Curated by Dr. Dominique Bachelet

– Each lecture will include a Q&A session that can be used as a starting point for artwork and will be recorded for later viewing.

– Everyone is invited to participate in these informative lectures, even if you are not planning to create artwork for the show.

– Viewing a couple of the lectures is a prerequisite to artist participation in the art exhibition.

– Artwork created for What Will Nature Do? does not need to be limited to these specific areas of research.  

– See list of lectures below. All Lectures Are FREE.  Your donation in support of this art+science project appreciated! Please Register with us here to receive Zoom Links
July 1, 2021Deadline for Submissions
Open to all media;  performance, time-based, interdisciplinary and biomimicry welcome as well as pigment and materials-based. 
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September 30-November 13, 2021Art Exhibition, Artwork Documentation, Opportunities for Community Conversations

Thanks to project support from Dr. Dominique Bachelet and the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, and Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Department of Microbiology, College of Science, Oregon State University.

What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part One: Climate change Scientists and Their Research

Note: If Lectures have passed, a link to the zoom recording will be in the listing.

Feature 1

Steve Wondzell
Shading Out Climate Change: Preserving Riparian Habitat from Rising Temperatures

February 18, 2021, 5 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

By using computer modeling, Steve and his colleagues found that adding shade was the single most effective way to cool the water and preserve habitat for salmon into the future. With enough added shade, they found that future water temperature in the river could be cooler than today, even as air temperatures warm.

FMI on Steve Wondzell’s Research 
Shading Out Climate Change Handout

Feature 2

Jason Dunham
How Fish Fine-Tune Climate Change Playbook

February 22, 2021, 6 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

Jason will describe a couple of examples of the life cycles of 2-3 familiar and one unfamiliar species (e.g., Pacific salmon vs. lamprey or a freshwater mussel).  For these species different life stages can depend on different  habitats, and all of these life stages influence one another.  While this can make fish vulnerable to any “break” in the chain, this also gives them a lot of opportunities for surviving and adapting in a changing world.

FMI on Jason Dunham’s Research

Feature 3

David Shaw
Surviving the Beetles

February 25, 2021, 12 pm (PST) 

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

Climate change events such as drought and bark beetle outbreaks may kill a lot of trees, but there are often survivors that may be resistant to the disturbance.  What are the implications of these survivors on the landscape?

FMI on David Shaw’s Research >>

Feature 1

Deke Arndt
Stories from NOAA’s Climate Monitoring Chief: How to Deliver Climate News During Climate Change

March 1, 2021, 5 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

There’s a saying in meteorology circles that goes, “Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get.” For one NOAA climate scientist, though, there is a more colorful way to put it: “Climate trains the boxer; weather throws the punches.”  Derek shares stories that helped the climate monitoring chief better understand his time with NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

FMI on Derek Arndt’s Webpage

Feature 2

John Abatzoglou 
Hope for Fire Seasons: Reasons for Optimism and Hope During this Epoch of Escalating Fire

March 8, 2021, 12 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

The 2020 fire season in the western United States was staggering: over 4 million hectare (9.9 million acres) burned, thousands of structures lost, dozens of lives, and prolonged periods of unhealthy air quality for those that escaped direct fire impacts. John will review the 2020 fire season in the context of ongoing climate change and data-driven evidence for climate change as a driver of escalating fire activity in the West and context for the next few decades. This lecture will also highlight reasons for optimism and hope during this epoch of escalating fire.

FMI on John Abatzoglou’s Research

Feature 3

Jill Pelto
Science Communication through Art

March 11, 2021, 5 pm (PST) 

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

Art is a uniquely articulate and emotional lens: through it Jill can address environmental concerns to raise awareness and inspire people to take action. Her goal is to collaborate in order to reach a broader audience.

FMI on Jill Pelto’s Research

Feature 1

Erica Fleishman
Innovative Species Adaptations

March 15, 2021, 12 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

Projections of where terrestrial species will occur as climate changes sometimes result in unduly dire projections. Some species are threatened by climate change, but others may be able to adapt via flexibility in behavior, appearance, or physiology, or through genetic evolution. This presentation will focus on the many ways in which Nature innovates to survive environmental stress.

FMI on Erica Fleishman’ Research

Feature 2

Greg Jones
Climate Change and Wine: Benefits and Challenges

March 22, 2021, 12 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

The interest in climate change and wine is because wine encompasses life—art, history, gastronomy, soil, climate—all of these ties create a broad spectrum of interest. Knowledge of the spatial variation in temperature in wine regions provides the basis for evaluating the general suitability for viticulture, allows for comparisons between wine regions, and offers growers a measure of assessing appropriate cultivars and sites.

FMI on Greg Jones’ Research

Feature 3

Lizzie McLeod
The Evidence of Hope: How Some Reefs are Surviving Climate Impacts and New Technological Advances Help Us to Ensure a Future for Coral Reefs

March 25, 2021, 12 pm (PST)

Zoom Recording of the Lecture

Climate change is causing unprecedented changes in our world’s oceans, and especially our world’s coral reefs. The combination of warming seas and other human impacts has caused significant declines in coral reefs. Despite these challenges, new advances in technology, local actions, and global commitment provide hope for the future of coral reefs. While the most urgent action to protect corals is the immediate reduction on carbon dioxide emissions, there are a number of steps that are being implemented around the world to provide corals a window of opportunity.

FMI on Lizzie McLeod’s Research

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