National Science Foundation

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Art Institute, Ironwood Gallery

A National Science Foundation funded exhibition of the AMAZON PIRE Project

Statement:

"During this series, I discovered the remarkable and sometimes precarious lengths that ecosystem scientist go to in order to attain a better understanding of our earths varying climate patterns. Its hugely demanding to conduct these scientific experiments in the remote tropical forests of the Amazon basin, and indeed to photograph! However, the cohesive international relationships and strong collaborations I witnessed of this progressive frontline research has been a joy to document. It has been a pleasure to have worked so closely with these exceptionally talented and driven people, enabling me to capture a part of their professional lives alongside the complex process of environmental scientific research".

Jake Bryant

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"What is the fate of Amazon rainforests under climate change?" is the motivating question for the UA's Amazon-PIRE project.  A diverse international group of  scientists and students engaged in research and learning to address this question in remote tropical forest field sites.  Accompanying them, Jake created a photographic archive of their activities and subsiquently a intimate human portrayal of NSF-supported science with an approach based on two ideas: ‘Art initiates the connection between researchers and public audiences through visual stimulation.’ and ‘The one-on-one experience with a researcher through audio-visual means increases public engagement with climate change science.

Creating a direct connection between Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum visitors and climate change researchers learning and conducting science at remote tropical forest locations. The artistic vision of the photographer and the connection developed over time between photographer and researchers in the field provides a bridge that humanizes the researcher and enhances the interaction with public audiences.

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Creating a direct connection between Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum visitors and climate change researchers learning and conducting science at remote tropical forest locations. The artistic vision of the photographer and the connection developed over time between photographer and researchers in the field provides a bridge that humanizes the researcher and enhances the interaction with public audiences.

The UA graduate students who have worked in Amazon forests as part of the Amazon-PIRE program helped make this connection real by their participation in the exhibit, both as exhibit docents and through recorded narratives that bring their personal voice to the images in which they appear.

In this exhibit you will see many of the students and scientist who participated in the research and field courses doing what they do best; taking measurements in some of the worlds most remote forests.