Come check out BiodiverCITY on Friday, April 3rd at Assemble! Free, doors open at 6pm. It’s finally warm, so you’ve got no excuses to miss this one.
In Pittsburgh, the month of April brings warmer temperatures, sunnier days, and a reawakening of nature. Buds open, pollinators buzz about, soils thaw, and rivers swell. This month, Dr. Molly Mehling, Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability students, and local collaborators present BiodiverCITY. Through a blend of art and science, the BiodiverCITY initiative celebrates and reconsiders “life” that surrounds us in the city.
A photography exhibit of Pittsburgh’s urban ecology sets the stage and will inspire you to capture and share your own #biodivercitypgh photographs of local nature. Engaging and interactive programming during the Unblurred opening and throughout the month will demystify some of the science of the urban landscape and how soil, plants, and insects are important to your health, urban water management, and urban gardening. Events during April will include soil science and biodiversity lab demonstrations, a film screening of “Symphony of the Soil”, connections to soil science events taking place at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, an art-science mixer for those seeking collaboration, and an installation of pieces by local artists inspired by the BiodiverCITY initiative.
Dr. Mehling, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Sustainability at Chatham University, is a landscape ecologist and watershed scientist who shares an excitement and application for science through visual arts and art-science collaborations. Mehling grew up 60 miles downstream from Pittsburgh and now works to encourage ecological research and artistic endeavors that will inspire learners of all and lead to landscape solutions to improve downstream water quality problems. Her research has spanned primary headwater streams, the capillaries of watersheds, rivers, lakes and reservoirs of ecosystems across the United States including Nine Mile Run, Lake Tahoe, and indoor experimental streams. Her work emphasized the role of biology and ecology of sediments, soil, vegetation, and insects to improve water quality.
Contact Dr. Mehling at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kyla Scherr email@example.com with questions or for more information.