Research | Geolocation Journeys

The College of Arts, Law and Education's Oceanic Cultures and Connections helps support this innovative collaboration between marine predator scientists at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and visual artist Annalise Rees. ‘Retired’ geolocators used to track marine predators such as albatrosses, seals, and penguins are repurposed into unique, handcrafted pieces of wearable art to raise funds for further research.

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Transformed into art objects the geolocators travel on new journeys pinned to jackets and lapels helping to increase public awareness and support Antarctic marine predator research.

Geolocation Journeys wearable art creation. Image courtesy Geolocation Journeys.
Image: Geolocation Journeys wearable art creation.
Image courtesy: Geolocation Journeys

The Marine, Antarctic and Maritime University of Tasmania Research Theme through Oceanic Cultures and Connections has funded Geolocation Journeys to develop an education and outreach program with a focus on offering education packages to schools. Taking scientists into schools and providing students with exciting hands-on learning experiences the program encourages the community to play a custodial role in the protection and conservation of marine predator species and their habitats. The program also offers mentoring opportunities for early career researchers to develop their science communication skills proposing an alternative model for the effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge. Find out more about the project at the Geolocation Journeys website.

In 2017 Oceanic Cultures and Connections is supporting interdisciplinary projects fostering cross-disciplinary exchange and providing mentoring opportunities for early career researchers. Funded by the larger Marine, Antarctic and Maritime University of Tasmania research theme that OCC sits within several projects are engaging with ocean related topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Banner Image Credit: Annalise Rees, Oceans of the Unknown

Published on: 21 Aug 2017 11:08am