Arctic from Above

Arctic from Above

Jeff Kerby & Team Shrub
Sat 01 Apr 2017   -  Tue 09 May 2017
_ Venue: War Memorial Library

Team Shrub present photographs of Arctic tundra landscapes and the plants and wildlife that inhabit them captured as a part of scientific research expeditions to the rapidly warming Arctic.

Images include landscapes captured from above using drones. These images are part of scientific datasets used to model the 3D structure of the tundra environment.

This work represents the interface between science and art, where the process of data collection has produced imagery that communicates the reality of global change and captures the patterns and beauty of remote Arctic ecosystems.

Jeff Kerby is postdoctoral researcher at the Neukom Institute at Dartmouth College, USA where he focuses on studying Arctic ecology. He has worked extensively on conservation- and ecology- related drone projects in Africa, South America, and the Arctic. He is also an avid natural history photographer and recently had his first photo feature published in National Geographic magazine (April 2017). Jeff Kerby in National Geographic

Sandra Angers-Blondin is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh where she studies the climate sensitivity of tundra shrub growth. She has worked across Arctic tundra ecosystems in Northern Québec and the Yukon Territory. A keen nature photographer, she has recently won a prize in the British Ecological Society Photographic Contest and featured in Nature Sauvage magazine. Sandra Angers-Blondin on Instagram

Anne Bjorkman is a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark where she studies biodiversity changes in tundra ecosystems. She has worked in high Arctic ecosystems, including Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. She is an enthusiastic photographer of landscapes and plants. Her work was recently published in the book “Woolly Bear of the North”. Anne Bjorkman

Team Shrub is a research group at the University of Edinburgh working to understand how global change alters tundra ecosystems. The research group is led by Isla Myers-Smith and includes the three exhibiting photographers Kerby, Angers-Blondin and Bjorkman and other researchers. Our research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council of the UK. We hope to engage the public directly through photography and other media with Arctic ecosystems undergoing climate and environmental change – connecting the seemingly distant Arctic to our daily lives. Team Shrub website

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