Investigating Art-Science Integration

Public-facing scholarship exploring the role of stories and art in enhancing science research and shaping public perspectives of science.

Creativity in science is not a nonsequiter.

Indeed, creativity essential to doing, teaching, and sharing science. The research I conduct and collaborate on looks at arts- and humanities-informed practices with the potential to enhance research practices, science communication and public engagement, and how we address issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in science.


On-going

Drawn to Science

I am the lead investigator on a set of studies investigating the efficacy of art-science integration for teaching and learning about the natural sciences. In particular, I study 1) how art and creative writing practices can enhance teaching, learning, and research in the sciences, 2) how transdisciplinary research and public-facing work is conducted, and 3) how to enhance scientists’ ability to learn from and use arts and humanities practices to inform and improve their research and sharing their science.

Sharing Science: Attitudes, Motivations, and Behaviors in SciComm

I am the lead investigator on a pair of studies investigating how students, faculty, and staff perceive their own work in science engagement with non-specialist audiences.


Recent Publications

Article: Drawn to natural history

Aims to ‘demystify’ the use of drawing for teaching and learning in science classrooms. Provides detailed instructions & examples. Read.

Published in Natural Sciences Education

Article: Poetry as creative practice in science

Connects scientists and science educators to the value of reading and creating poetry as part of science processes. Read.

Published in BioScience

Article: Exploring biocultural diversity through art

Details how art can be used as an inclusive, innovative research method for ecological research. Read.

Published in Ecology and Society

Article: Drawn to science – a commentary in Nature

Teachers do not need training in the arts to create useful drawing experiences for science students. Importantly, teachers should evaluate the content and accuracy of such sketches, not their artistry. Read.

Published in Nature

Article: Best practices for images to accompany your science writing

How we use the Internet to source images can have serious impli-cations for outreach, reputation, and efficacy. Read.

Published in Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America

Article: Public information officers in science

By working with a good PIO, a researcher can position their work to have real societal impact, far beyond what they could achieve alone. Read.

Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.


Media Coverage

A number of the research and public-facing projects I work on have been featured by news media across North America and beyond. Check it out here.