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Talaterra Podcast. EP 71: November 20, 2020
Dr. Lee Ann Woolery pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology, a transdisciplinary approach to field biology. Dr. Woolery is a researcher, naturalist, educator, and artist. She is also the founder of EcoArt Expeditions and the Citizen Artist. In this episode, Dr. Woolery and I discuss her interdisciplinary approach to ecological field research and more on the Citizen Artist platform that will launch soon. Learn more about her research and her plans to teach this approach to others through Citizen Artist.
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Understanding and Connecting to Nature Through Art
Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, an interdisciplinary educator, researcher, scholar, and practicing artist of over 30 years, pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE), an art-based field research method to study ecological change. Woolery holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a master’s degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her field study in desert ecology was conducted in the Sonoran Desert and her findings can be seen in her dissertation: Art-Based Perceptual Ecology as a way of knowing the language of place. Dr. Woolery is currently the Founder and Research Director for Citizen Artist, where she leads field research employing ABPE research methods in concert with conventional science methods to study ecological systems change with a focus on biodiversity to sustain and conserve natural places.
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Artizein - Arts & Teaching Journal
Art-Based Perceptual Ecology: An alternative monitoring method in the assessment of rainfall and vegetation in a cienaga community. By Lee Ann Woolery, Ph.D.
As a researcher, educator, scholar, and artist with a focus on divergent ways of knowing, I engage in an art inquiry process as a way to connect with the natural world. This practice, Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) is a way of extending my understanding and ecological knowing of the natural world. ABPE methodologies may offer humans one way to reconnect to a pre-discursive (mimetic) language, a sentient language our ancestors used to communicate with the animate world. In addition to art educators, this article may be of interest to ecologists and others studying environmental global change. Developing a mixed-method longitudinal study, bringing together ABPE and conventional science methods to record historical changes in vegetation in a riparian community, could provide outstanding results and contribute to the further understanding of biospheric change at similar stream communities around the world. Download this article as a PDF here.