Climate Art Fellowship


The Climate Art Fellowship brings one artist together with partners, affiliated researchers, and community leaders to help us engage with local communities on climate impacts and solutions to help make informed decisions that will enhance their resilience to climate change impacts.


The Climate Science Alliance, in partnership with the Connecting Wildlands & Communities (CWC) Team at San Diego State University, is excited to request proposals for our 2020 Climate Art Fellowship.

Connected landscapes play an important role in climate resilient natural lands. In 2018, an interdisciplinary team, led by the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management at San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance, set out to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both natural ecosystems and local human communities in southern California. Using an integrative approach, the team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers are looking to better understand how we can optimize decision making around protecting human communities, mitigating wildfire risk, supporting water sustainability, and protecting biodiversity in the wildland-urban interface. The 2020 Climate Art Fellow will work with the Connecting Wildlands and Communities team to translate the themes and results of this work into an artistic piece or installation.

To learn more about the Connecting Wildlands and Communities project, please visit:


2019 Fellow

Dr. Nigella Hillgarth

As the 2019 Climate Art Fellow, Dr. Nigella Hillgarth spent the summer with the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) for their SeaSCAPE experiment. Dr. Hillgarth worked with CAICE researchers to explore the role of atmospheric chemistry and movement of microbes to tell the story of a changing climate and its impact on the earth and its inhabitants. The art created from this partnership will be utilized to help us better engage with local communities on climate impacts and solutions that can lead to informed decisions that enhance our resilience to climate change impacts. 

2018 Fellow

Audrey Carver

Our inaugural Climate Art Fellow was Audrey Carver, a long-time Affiliated Artist of the Climate Science Alliance. Audrey spent the summer of 2018 with the Alliance team and partners and toured our unique ecosystems to gain insight and inspiration for her assigned project — to translate the findings of the recently published report, "San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot".


This Climate Art Fellowship was sponsored by the Alliance's partner, the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

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