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Confluence Lab

Who We Are

The Confluence Lab engages in creative interdisciplinary research projects that bring together scholars in the arts, humanities, and sciences, together with community members, to engage in environmental issues impacting rural communities.

Our Primary Goal

Our central premise is that the tools of the humanities and arts—especially those related to storytelling, representation, emotions, and communication—are important complements to scientific knowledge and can help develop novel approaches to environmental issues. We use the creativity generated through interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to partner with diverse communities on pragmatic projects that work toward more just, sustainable, and equitable futures, focusing especially on issues such as public land use, wildland fire and fire management, and the causes and effects of climate change.

Fellow in Residence

Leah Hampton

Environmental Humanities Fellow in Residence

Featured Ph.D. Student

Kayla Bordelon

Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science Program

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.

Listen Here

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 IRIC

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

Phone: 208-885-6156


Web: confluence