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Blending Art and Science to Engage and Communicate

As a dancer and choreographer as well as research scientist, Dr. Jenkins is interested in the intersection of science and art as a tool for conveying research results and engaging the community in projects. Below you will find links to various projects that blend art and science to generate new ideas and raise awareness of marine conservation issues. You can learn more about Dr. Jenkins personal journey in combining dance and science here. You can also read about how Dr. Jenkins has brought her innovative spirit to teaching modern dance here.

Student Art and the Oceans Video Project

Students in Dr. Jenkins' class SMEA 103: Society and the Oceans created group projects that expressed the course concepts through art. This video is of one of these projects and illustrates the trophic cascade between people, otters, sea urchins, and kelp. It depicts how the Monterey Bay went from a healthy ecosystem, to a degraded ecosystem, and finally to a recovering ecosystem.

Song for “Our Ocean, Our Future” Symposium

Jordan Corbin Wentworth, acclaimed opera composer, performed with grammy-nominated cellist Phillip Peterson when the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs hosted the “Our Ocean, Our Future” Symposium, February 2012. Dr. Jenkins commissioned the music piece for this event to capture the symposium’s ocean theme. Read the song lyrics and meaning behind the words in this news article about the song.

Sea Turtle Conservation Dance

This video features a piece choreographed by Dr. Jenkins for the 2008 AAAS Science Dance Competition in which it won runner-up in the postdoctoral category. Using mostly scientists with little or no dance training, this piece depicts Dr. Jenkins' dissertation entitled "The invention and adoption of conservation technology to successfully reduce the bycatch of protected marine species." The dance focuses on one of Dr. Jenkins' research case studies: the use of turtle excluder devices to protect sea turtles and the people who came together to invent them.

Can’t Give Up Now

Dr. Jenkins choreographed this dance as a farewell performance for the Dance Arts Studio, where she taught dance throughout graduate school. The dance depicts the struggles of pursuing a Ph.D., the final push to finish her thesis, and the sustaining grace of God that carried her through it all.