Dr. Juniper Harrower specializes in species interactions under climate change as both an ecologist and multimedia artist. Harrower founded SymbioArtlab, an environmental arts production company that contracts with national parks, universities, and the private sector to impact positive environmental change. Her research is published in both science and art scholarly journals and has shaped environmental policy. She is a National Science Foundation iCorps Fellow, an Oakland Teaching Fellow, and a Cota-Robles Fellow dedicated to advancing research for multicultural societies. Her work is exhibited locally and internationally in galleries and museums, and her research and artistic products have received broad exposure in popular media such as National Geographic, the associated press, podcasts, music festivals and conferences. Visit www.juniperharrower.com to view her online portfolio.
As an ecologist and multimedia artist, I specialize in species interactions under climate change. I am greatly interested in the processes by which those interactions break down and their resulting environmental consequences, currently witnessed as massive species extinctions, forced migrations and the mistiming of biological events. Approaching these topics as an interdisciplinary researcher, I engage diverse communities on local and global issues to understand how ecological research that is connected to an arts practice can impact social change. These inquires begin with a thorough research process that unfolds through scientific investigations, writing, abstract artworks, animations, and a socially engaged arts practice. Material exploration figures largely into my practice as I manipulate the physical and chemical properties of paints and pigments in my work, encouraging a deconstruction of procedures while raising questions about new possibilities for creation and relationships. I translate and reflect my science discoveries into the artwork, yet present it in a non-didactic way that leaves room for unique interpretations of the work. The resultant symbolic representations and interdisciplinary narratives provide unexpected ways to engage with species and environments, encouraging a radical reimagining of our relationships as living beings on this planet.