Marine Biologist, Musician, Composer
Heather collaborates with scientists, politicians and artists in the United States, Mexico, and globally to foster research and cooperation, bringing together diverse stakeholders to find mutually beneficial solutions for protecting the environment while promoting responsible development.
In her creative practice, she combines science and sound to create music to better connect humans with our ocean planet.
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to orchestrate creative solutions for ecologic and economic sustainability through sound transdisciplinary coastal marine investigation and dynamic educational outreach
Research Subjects – Interspecies interaction; Sound, music, vibration, communication; Ecosystem dynamics and human influence; Acoustically conspicuous species; Invasive species; Recruitment and connectivity; Ocean Memory
Research Locations – Seashore and shallow waters; Coral reefs; Coastal sites with maximum human interface including tourism; Marine Protected Areas
Research Methods – Field surveys, monitoring; Soundscape assessments; Developing new Marine Passive Acoustic Monitoring Networks; Linkages of biological and physical factors; Citizen Science; Integration of Sciences and Arts
Outreach Objectives – Collaborative community engagement; Respect among government, commercial interests, scientists and environmentalists, to develop mutually beneficial strategies; Effective policymakers and environmental stewards; Ocean and Soundscape literacy; Valued existing capacity; Engagement of multiple senses; Inspiration
Latest from the Blog
Reckoning of the Abyss is a work for solo viola da gamba and chamber orchestra exploring memories held in the ocean. Surface waters, that once swelled under ancient pirate ship battles, connect with deep waters. In the high pressure darkness near the sea floor, how does the ocean reshape and revisit past experiences, and what…
For inquiries related to media interviews, consulting, science talking head, show host, performing artist, or keynote speaker, please send an email outlining the request to info (at) heatherspence.net
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