While rock hunting across Antarctica last winter, WSU geochemist Jeff Vervoort was captivated by how the landscape revealed dramatic stories of merging glaciers, tortured ice, wind-sculpted snow, and glacial debris. But where he saw a language of science, Kathleen Ryan, an assistant professor of Interior Design, saw a language of aesthetic elements and principles, of curved lines, shapes, rhythm, and movement. The result was their interdisciplinary, husband-wife exhibit in spring’s Academic Showcase: Visual Language of Ice and Rock on the Frozen Continent

Vervoort’s Antarctica research was funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in The New York Times‘ “Scientist at Work” blog.

Here are some samples from their presentation, with remarks collected by Washington State Magazine science writer Eric Sorensen.


Refrozen blocks of sea ice, Ross Sea