Dr. Lynch at ESA – Ecology on the Runway

Lab PI, Dr. Heather Lynch will be participating in an Ecology-inspired fashion show at this year’s Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Ft. Lauderdale! Sneak peak of her runway skirt below. Check out the (sure to be incredible) fashion show Monday, August 8 at 10:15AM in the Grand Floridian Ballroom B.

Penguin skirt

Write up about the event from the University of Utah Press office:

At the Ecological Society of America’s 2016 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 13 ecologists will be wearing their hearts and their research on their sleeves. To raise awareness of growing ecological challenges, the ecologists – scientists who study relationships between plants, animals, humans and their environments – will take to the runway in a special session of the meeting, showing off custom-made clothing that displays the plants, animals, microbes and landscapes that they study.

University of Utah biology professor Nalini Nadkarni and National Science Foundation ecologist Doug Levey will host the eco-fashion show. Nadkarni and Levey collaborated with fashion designer and Utah theatre professor Brenda Van der Wiel to create the clothing worn in the show, with the goal of demonstrating innovative and surprising ways that ecologists can raise awareness of their discipline. The theme of the show is “Ecology is Everywhere.”

Designer Van der Wiel and tailor Eugene Tachinni will describe their experiences interacting with researchers and their efforts to translate scientific research into a wearable statement. Ecologists in the audience will be encouraged to share, through Twitter and Facebook, their own innovative ideas for engaging with the public. This demonstrates how something as seemingly non-academic as fashion clothing can serve as a vector for outreach and education about ecology.

A booklet describing the ecologists’ discoveries and interests can be found here.