Produced by PHE associate and acoustician Perrin Meyer, polartide.org is an interactive meditation on time, oil stocks, and sea levels for the Maldives Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale. polartide takes in data from two sources, sea water levels and oil stock quotes, and maps these numbers onto an interactive graph. Clicking the graph buttons, you hear a sonification of the data on your computer. Clicking on the buttons you also trigger those sounds to be played live at the Maldives Pavillion in Venice and at an exhibition in Berkeley, California as well. You are contributing, with your clicks, to the way the artwork sounds. More info at
Team: Greg Niemeyer (Data Artist); Chris Chafe (Composer); Perrin Meyer (Producer)); Rama Gottfried (Sound Artist)
Jesse had the amazing experience of joining the science team aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus exploring life on sea floor volcanoes around the Caribbean island of Montserrat. A 19″ video chat with Jesse from 24 October is posted here. Visit www.Nautiluslive.org to learn where the vessel is exploring now.
On 28 September in Cambridge MA for the 40th Reunion of his Harvard College class, Jesse presented a panoramic talk, Every Fish in the Sea, on the Census of Marine Life. The 17MB pdf posted here includes all the slides but not the animations or videos. Thanks to the Class of 1973 for a wonderful opportunity to share the Census!
September 30 Wall Street Journal featured our National Cockroach Project (NCP) in an illustrated story “Why cockroaches stay in your neighborhood”. The National Cockroach team consists of PHE researcher Mark Stoeckle, Daniel Kronauer and Christoph von Beeren from The Rockefeller University Laboratory of Insect Social Evolution, and Joyce Xia, Hunter HIgh school senior and RU summer student. So far we’ve analyzed using DNA barcoding about 120 of 200 cockroaches collected by colleagues, friends, and family, or mailed in by citizen scientists around the country (including specimens from Australia and Spain). We found four distinct DNA barcode types that differ by NYC neighborhood. The WSJ story prompted an interview for Channel 4 TV news, complete with cockroach close-ups, and coverage in the London Times and US Metro.