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Confluence Lab

Who We Are

The Confluence Lab incubates and implements creative interdisciplinary research projects that bring together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and community members, to engage environmental issues in the state of Idaho.

Our Primary Goal

Our goal is to facilitate idea exchange, and our central premise is that the tools of the humanities—especially those related to storytelling, representation, emotions and communication—can help develop holistic approaches to these issues from the ground up.

The projects we focus on investigate conceptual and communication barriers that underlie debates about controversial issues especially relevant to rural communities, such as public land use, natural resource management, wildfires, drought, energy infrastructure and the causes and effects of climate change.

Apply for Our Ph.D. Fellowship

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science to work on our stories of Fire Project.

Application Information

Confluence Lab Podcast

Science Communicator Teresa Cohn talks about bringing artists and scientists together.

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Collaborate to identify challenges to addressing environmental problems
Create occasions for dialogue, including performances, exhibits, readings, and symposia
Foster fresh approaches to these problems that encourage innovative and inclusive understandings of our environment
Execute outreach projects in the service of a healthier state

Understanding Wilderness

The story of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is more than the science, more than the river, more than the people. Members of the Confluence Lab — Teresa Cohn, Ruby Fulton and the icarus Quartet — are dedicated to helping people explore their relationship with wilderness including their views of the Frank.

Confluence Lab

Physical Address:
310 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
Confluence Lab, English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


Web: confluence