Bringing Art and Science Together


Berklee College of Music

Music can be used to engage broader audiences in the ocean and our ocean science. Jennifer Beauregard is an Oceanographer, AGU Member, and Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Berklee College of Music. Two of her students, Eric Clark and Micah Jude Tenorio Pilarca, composed music specifically to introduce our plenary speakers.

Eric Clark: Oceans, Introduction to Tommy Remengesau, Jr., opening plenary, Monday, 28 February at 1900.

This piece was composed and performed by Eric Clark, a senior Film Scoring major at Berklee College of Music. Eric says of this composition, “When I think about the ocean, I hear a constant conflict between two sides of the same coin. First waves clash… (then they) can swiftly become something so calming…”

Micah Jude Tenorio Pilarca: Home, Introduction to Angelicque White, closing plenary, Friday, 4 March at 1900.

This piece was composed and performed by Micah Jude Tenorio Pilarca, a sophomore Film Scoring major at Berklee College of Music. Micah says of this composition, “I wanted to convey the harmony between air, land, and sea. I visualized the glimmering horizon with flying fish and colors from the sky.

Mana Maoli

Mana Maoli’s mission encompasses the following principles: Ho`okumu – build grounding and foundation, Ho’okele – forge direction and connections, and Ho’omanaprovide sustenance and empowerment.  One of the several vibrant Mana Maoli initiatives is  the Mana Mele Project, Hundreds of artists known as the Mana Maoli Collective bring their passion for music to island schools, educating students and involving them in performances.

Enjoy video performances featuring the Mana Mele Collective here.

Broader Impacts

Ari Daniel is a science multimedia reporter who's covered stories across five continents for public radio and NOVA, among other outlets. He has co-produced a digital video for each of the plenary speakers, highlighting different visual approaches to explaining science within a Broader Impact context.

The video featuring Peter Girguis relies on interview material and B-roll footage filmed in his office to explain his family life and work as a deep sea biologist. In her video, Dawn Wright describes her first Alvin dive, which is accompanied by original illustrations. The videos will be played as part of the plenary session on Tuesday, 1 March at 1130, as well as highlights by Ari.


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Bishop Museum

Navigating with the Stars

For thousands of years people have navigated the Pacific Ocean traveling island to island, using only the waves, winds, stars, and other signs of the natural world around them. In this presentation, Hōkūleʻa navigator and Honolulu Community College Hoʻokele Instructor Kaʻiulani Murphy and Bishop Museum Planetarium Supervisor Tony Smith will introduce Hawaiian non-instrument navigation and how it is used today by modern voyagers. Learn the story of this nearly lost art and science, and connect to the waves, winds, and stars in a whole new way – and the recent Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. This event is limited to 300 attendees and you must be registered in advance.  It takes place on Thursday, 24 February at 1800.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Cooperative Conservation

Hear thoughts of congratulations and how the ocean impacts students from the Pacific Islands as they help celebrate 15 years of Cooperative Conservation for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This video was made by Outside Hawaiʻi for NOAA. © 2021

World Ocean Day Youth Voices, Part 1 with credits from Malama Learning Center on Vimeo.

World Ocean Day Youth Voices, Part 2 with credits from Malama Learning Center on Vimeo.


Waves Exist in Community’ provides a virtual insight into an interactive installation about Earth’s Ocean. Its function is to create a visceral connection with the ocean while communicating scientific research and environmental issues in an innovative and memorable way. Waves imprints the importance of ocean health and social change, while emphasizing how the ocean connects all living things. The installation consists of illuminated cast-glass waves, replicated from photogrammetrically captured and 3D printed ocean waves, each individually mounted on top of a pedestal. Each pedestal plays a different audio file of either ocean sounds or voices including scientists speaking about marine research and communities telling personal stories about the ocean.

Waves seeks to inspire audiences to reflect upon how individual and collective agency can contribute to climate action and ocean sustainability. It acts as a multi-sensory catalyst to shift individual and collective mind-sets towards action for more sustainable oceans and coasts and the resilience of people who live, work, and interact within these spaces.

The story behind the Waves installation, and how you can be involved in future installation iterations, is expanded upon during the Catching A Wave Townhall session (TH27 - and on our website (

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