It may be easy as humans to regard insects as unwanted pests, but this piece reminds us that “Aquatic insects are critical for: Driving stream systems,” and play a critical role in the health of the ecosystem, as they are a “food resource for fish, birds, raccoons, invertebrates, bears; drive flows of energy and nutrients; and cycle material,” notes Jenny McCarty, Masters student in Entomology at Montana State University who collaborated with Van Coller on this work. The unique collaborative image belongs to a 2018 Guggenheim awarded project, Naturalists of the Long Now.Read more
This latest work by Ian van Coller is from his ongoing series, The Naturalists of The Long Now. It merges art and science. Van Coller collaborates with researchers who annotate the image to produce a unique print.
This site is an Ice Patch in the greater Yellowstone Mountains of MT, and was contributed to by Dr. Craig Lee, Research Scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. As the ice recedes, the remains of bighorn sheep have been revealed. The location has been identified as a kill site used by the Native Americans over 6,000 years ago. At 10,000 feet elevation, the site is surprisingly high for a sustained hunting ground.Read more