Design meets Evolutionary Ecology

This project investigates how evolutionary ecology research can motivate a new design agenda through reflection on data and methods from phenology; which can support critical discussions on the effects of climate change on the rhythms, evolution, and interconnectedness of different species. 

Phenology data can provide evidence on how tree defoliation is affected by rising temperatures, for example, and how these changes affect fluctuation and variation in the populations of many species of caterpillars and the ecology and evolution of species that then depend on caterpillars for survival, like birds).

This data provides evidence for changes of temporalities of different species and potential impact of human action, promoting deeper consideration of natural and natural-social systems that can expand current approaches of human-centred and experience design, e.g. by considering designs for the “more-than-human”. Design research in turn can promote greater visibility of phenology findings, promoting public awareness and debate, and therefore greater participation in decisions regarding landscape development and use in the UK.