Professor’s Research Charts Climate Change Coast to Coast

Monday, November 04, 2019

Though he’s only been at UNCW for a year, faculty member Gene A. Felice II’s work here already spans the country.

His research initiative “Ebb & Flow: Summer Research 2019,” started in Wilmington and crossed almost 7,000 miles to Santa Barbara and back again, following an odyssey of collections and performances at water-based locations. The collaborative project, partly funded by a faculty summer research grant, explored climate change through the lenses of both art and science.

He began developing the solar-powered Mobile Coaction lab for interdisciplinary collaboration several years ago. Dedicated to the exploration of unstable relationships between organisms, environments and technology, the lab develops ways for students to get hands-on experience in the field through connecting strategic research to the needs and missions of ecology-focused nonprofits, businesses and community groups.

Felice, who teaches in the digital arts program within the Department of Art & Art History, explains that data, imagery and sound can bring “the often-ignored layers of life” to surface, better illustrating the global climate crisis.

Applied learning experiences and advancing research and scholarly activities are central components of the university’s Strategic Plan. The summer voyage is documented through multimedia and field notes online.

-- Caroline Cropp