Signs of Life: Lay and expert apprehensions of environmental change and uncertain ecological futures (funded by ISSR).
In environmental management and policy, environmental threats that are more-or-less imperceptible to human senses and/or scientific instruments are increasingly made detectable through studies of biological indicators. This pilot project will take an exciting, interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which such ‘signs of life’ are used by experts and amateurs, in understanding the environmental condition of the River Dart. Using field studies methods of ecology, art, and social science, the project will explore the ways in which making environmental change perceptible and experiential holds promise as a means of increasing public engagement with environmental threats and their uncertainties. Dr Stephanie Lavau (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Dr Deborah Robinson (School of Art and Media); Dr Simon Rundle (School of Marine Science and Engineering)