Artistic Expression in Animals & Mapping Natural Ecotones

Sylvia Torti and Linda Wiener

This session was led by Dr. Sylvia Torti (biology) and Dr. Linda Wiener (entomology). Linda began by sharing ideas and visuals about artistic expression in animals, including house building and aesthetics. Her recent work bridges the often taboo subject of “anthropomorphism.” After this discussion, Sylvia provided a context for how ecologists consider ecotone, the theme of the 2012 Mapping Meaning workshop. The entire group then went out to explore, identify, and map the ant homes / ecotones at Capitol Reef National Park.