In the face of global ecological concerns such as climate change, rising sea levels, deforestation, human overpopulation and species extinction, the mission of the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency is to provide ecologists, environmental journalists, filmmakers, inventors, educators, architects and others working on the creative edge of these issues time and space to advance their work and amplify their impact. The Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency aims to foster a supportive environment for independent work and reflection, and to encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and innovation free from the constraints of academic and institutional settings.
One or more Howard L. McKee Ecology Residents will be selected each year. Special attention will be given to projects that will directly benefit from proximity to the Oregon coast, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, the Salmon River Estuary and/or United States Forest Service Experimental Forest lands. Ecology-inspired and interdisciplinary collaborations will also be considered.
No laboratory or other equipment is provided, but scientists are invited to bring their own equipment if it can be accommodated. There is the possibility to partner with the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of the Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative, and to tap into other academic, scientific and research resources in the region.
Please include any combination of images, text, videos or other files or links representative of your most current and relevant work. Please include any combination of up to 4-6 images (if applicable) and up to 2 writing samples of a maximum of 10 pages each.
Howard L. McKee was an environmentalist, architect, urban planner and visionary with a deep concern for the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and its environs. Howard's vision and commitment has influenced the Sitka Center's ecology programming for decades, and this residency is offered in his memory through the generosity of the McKee family.