Coastal Soundscapes and Oyster Reef Health

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Matthew Reidenbach with co-researchers Martin Volaric and Eli Stine The eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica is a key foundation species on the Virginia coast that forms the basis of complex reef communities. These oyster reefs are important for coastal ecosystem health, as they improve water quality by filtering the water column, as well as provide habitat [...]

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Check Out Our Sounds

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Sea Grass Sonification

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The Virginia Coastal Reserve hosts the most successful sea grass restoration effort in the world. Read more about the VCR LTER’s sea grass research here. Listen to an NPR story about this project as a model for restoration worldwide. This sonification, designed by Matthew Burtner, works with data on carbon and nitrogen levels recorded in the [...]

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Theory/Method

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Conservatory researchers engage methodological questions about transdisciplinary research, and advance a model for integrating arts, humanities, and sciences in public understanding of environmental change. Environmental Humanities

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Migrations

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As VCR scientist Sarah Karpanty (Virginia Tech) creates long-term data on shorebird migration, Conservatory researchers are asking first, how these nonhuman migrations are interacting with human migrations, and second, how to express those relations acoustically. Becky Brown’s project on bird migrations is Listening to the Virginia Barrier Islands. An undergraduate project led by Alison Glassie […]

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UNESCO Biosphere

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The Virginia Coast Reserve is a UNESCO Biosphere and the Conservatory’s Long Term Field Recording (LTFR) method can provide a valuable resource for those studying long term change at the Virginia Shores through sound. Our LTFR soundscape project uses sound to offer a comparative analysis between transition zones and core zones that offer habitat for […]

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​​Re-Storying the Indigenous Coast

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​​As Public Fellow of UVA’s Coastal Futures Conservatory, Roach is recording indigenous water stories. The primary purpose for gathering these stories is to understand and support tribal visions of coastal resilience. While a growing body of research focuses on climate change and Indigenous peoples, little of this work focuses on tribal communities living in the [...]

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Wetlands Protection and the Politics of Growth

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Project: “(Don’t) Drain the Swamp: Resort Development, Wetlands Protection, and the Politics on Growth on the Delmarva Peninsula" In the early 1970s, planned vacation home subdivisions proliferated across the coastal and rural US.  Land developers in this booming industry were notorious for defrauding consumers and violating federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Scandals involving planned [...]

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The Power of the Arts in the Hurricane Zone

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Why do the arts matter after a hurricane? The digital exhibit “Coasts in Crisis” answers this question with art, music, poetry, and conversation from Greater Caribbean artists who experienced Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Based on an event held at the University of Virginia in 2019, “Coasts in Crisis” features creative resistance to global [...]

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