About

Slow walks through wetland habitats, mangrove sounds by day and night, drone-view, living-landscape paintings,

Slow walks through wetland habitats,

360-degree worlds of wonder, flights into species-specific niches.

mangrove sounds by day and night,

drone-view, living-landscape paintings,

360-degree worlds of wonder,

flights into species-specific niches.

By getting up close and personal with the swamp, we sense the beauty and the ecosystem complexity.

By getting up close and personal with the swamp,

we sense the beauty and the ecosystem complexity.

Informed by science and culture, we can take in the big picture—the intrinsic, environmental and timeless values of wet land.

Informed by science and culture,

we can take in the big picture—the intrinsic,

environmental and timeless values of wet land.

This art-science collaboration is led by wetland ecologist Fernanda Adame, sound artist Leah Barclay,

This art-science collaboration is led by

walking/media artist James Cunningham and multimedia artist Suzon Fuks.

wetland ecologist Fernanda Adame,

sound artist Leah Barclay,

walking/media artist James Cunningham

and multimedia artist Suzon Fuks.

It incorporates knowledge from current and traditional landowners within Quandamooka (Moreton Bay)

It incorporates knowledge from current and

and Nywaigi, Gulgnay and Girramay countries (Cardwell to Ingham, Queensland, Australia).

traditional landowners within Quandamooka

(Moreton Bay), and Nywaigi, Gulgnay and

Girramay countries (Cardwell to Ingham),

Queensland, Australia.

Wetlands are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They store 3 times more carbon than terrestrial forests,

Wetlands are one of the most valuable

improve water quality and are home to a diversity of species.

ecosystems on Earth. They store 3 times

more carbon than terrestrial forests,

improve water quality and are home to a

diversity of species.

Wetland Wander aims to inspire engagement and conservation of these critical ecosystems.

Wetland Wander aims to inspire engagement

and conservation of these critical ecosystems.

4 kinds

4 kinds

Riverine

Riverine

Channels (rivers, creeks, waterways)

Channels (rivers, creeks, waterways)

and their associated vegetation

and their associated vegetation

Palustrine

Palustrine

Vegetated swamps (non-channel systems)

Vegetated swamps (non-channel systems)

with more than 30% emergent vegetation

with more than 30% emergent vegetation

Lacustrine

Lacustrine

Large, open, water-dominated

Large, open, water-dominated

systems (> 8ha)

systems (> 8ha)

Estuarine

Estuarine

Those influenced by tidal inundation

Those influenced by tidal inundation

sometimes diluted with freshwater run-off

sometimes diluted with freshwater run-off

3 Scales

3 Scales

Landscape

Landscape

Land containing a mosaic

Land containing a mosaic

of different habitats

of different habitats

Habitat

Habitat

Where an organism or a biological

Where an organism or a biological

population normally lives or occurs

population normally lives or occurs

Niche

Niche

Where a species is adapted and

Where a species is adapted and

how it makes a living there

how it makes a living there

Overview

The Team

US$ 33000

worth of storm protection provided by 1 ha. of coastal wetland

10x

more CO2 emitted cutting mangrove forest than grassland

68%

of wetland area lost in the 20th century

75%

of tropical storm wave-power decreased by 20 m. of mangroves and marsh

Acknowledgements

We thank Traditional Owners from the lands from which this project’s material comes, especially the Nywaigi, Gulgnay and Girramay peoples of Northern Queensland and the Quandamooka peoples of Stradbroke Island. This project has been supported by the Australian Rivers Institute and Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University, the Queensland Government through the Advance Queensland Program with an Engaging Science grant and an Advance Queensland Fellowship. We also thank the Wetlands Program for their support, and Michael Costelloe, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Avril Quaill, Quandamooka Festival, Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-In-Council, Valerie Keenan, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation, Andrew Skeoch, Afshin Shahmoradi, Nasim Khosravi and Baran Theatre.

These exhibitions are part of National Science Week, 11–19 August 2018. For more info on wetlands go to: wetlandsinfo

Contact

Fernanda Adame: f.adame [at] griffith.edu.au