Biologist George Divoky has been studying the Black Guillemots of Cooper Island in Alaska since 1970.

The Black Guillemot is a circumpolar seabird, whose Arctic populations are associated with sea ice throughout the year. With 45 consecutive years of field research, George Divoky has created a unique, extended data set that provides compelling evidence of the biological consequences of a warming Arctic. This summer of 2019, I am collaborating with George Divoky and science educator Katie Morrison to create a series of paintings and stories that illustrate biological, atmospheric, and emotional impacts of climate change. Morrison and I will travel to Cooper Island to work with Divoky for two weeks, collecting images and audio recordings that will be the basis for developing multimedia materials, hands-on workshops, and an interdisciplinary exhibition. 

Pledge Your Support

Become a sponsor of my 2019 Arctic expedition to Cooper Island!  Your support will help cover my travel and equipment expenses, as well as the development of new outreach materials. I’m happy to offer three levels of sponsorship each with special gifts:

Receive a postcard from the field

At this level, you will receive a handwritten postcard, mailed from the Arctic.


Correspondence Package

I will mail you a postcard from the field, and upon completing my fieldwork, will mail you a set of three greeting cards with imagery from this project.


Field Sketch & Correspondence Level

In addition the Correspondence Package, you will receive one original field sketch when I return.


Thank you! Your support and enthusiasm helps make my work possible.