How can we foster new scientific discoveries while simultaneously promoting education, conservation and shared stewardship of natural resources? Lindsey Rustad of the USDA Forest Service introduces us to “Water in a Changing World,” a program that uses real-time environmental sensor data to create data visualizations and musical sonifications of the water cycle. Learn the neurobiology of how the integration of arts and science can increase understanding of pattern and process in ecological data; and how it forms an inviting approach to educating and connecting the public with water science and environmental literacy.
October 20, 2020
About the Presenter
Dr. Lindsey Rustad is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, NH, co-Director of the USDA Northeastern Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. She received a B.A. in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1980, an M.S. in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in 1983, and a Ph.D in Plant Science in 1988 at the University of Maine. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and recently received the 2018 USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station’s award for Distinguished Scientist and the 2018 USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief’s award for Distinguished Science. Her areas of expertise include biogeochemistry, watershed studies, climate change impacts, advanced environmental sensor systems, and the integration of art and science. Dr. Rustad has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has led several international research coordination networks.