April 1st, 7-8:15pm

“Ghost Forests” — the sudden die-off of forests driven by saltwater intrusion caused by sea level rise, are a growing phenomenon on our coasts.  UVA environmental scientists are collaborating with Eastern Shore artists to highlight ghost forests as sentinels of climate change, showcasing their eerie beauty and raising awareness of sea-level rise on our coasts. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the resulting virtual art exhibit and talk about the project and about climate impacts on Virginia’s coasts with the artists and with UVA researchers. Offered in collaboration with the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research (VCR LTER) Program at UVA’s Coastal Research Center in Oyster. Welcoming remarks by ERI and VCR LTER Director Karen McGlathery. For a shared experience, an event-themed cocktail recipe will be included with your event registration confirmation.

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Wander the gallery of works created by 10 Eastern Shore artists.

Discover ghost forests of the Shore as envisioned by local artists. Hear their perspectives. Glimpse science of the changing coast. Click to enter the gallery, then use your mouse and cursor to explore the gallery. Select the dots to learn more. The art from this project is available for purchase from each artist. You can see the process of their explorations on the Ghosts of the Coast Facebook page.

Embark on your own exploration of a ghost forest. Make your own discoveries while exploring insights from our artists and scientists. This tour explores a ghost forest at The Nature Conservancy’s Brownsville Preserve in Nassawadox, VA.