Lee Ann Woolery is the Founder and Research Director at Citizen Artist™ a participatory science research platform, employing alternative research methodologies to study ecological systems change and address critical environmental issues. At Citizen Artist™ we work with individuals and communities in scientific research, addressing community driven issues, empowering citizens to get involved, those who may have been overlooked by conventional science.
Woolery is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, scholar, and a practicing artist of over 30 years. With a focus on divergent ways of knowing, she pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology, the alternative field-based research methodology used at Citizen Artist™. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a master’s degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her field study in desert ecology was conducted in the Sonoran Desert and findings that support ‘other ways of knowing’ can be seen in her dissertation: Art-Based Perceptual Ecology as a way of knowing the language of place.
Dr. Woolery currently teaches art-based research methodology courses on-line through the Citizen Artist™ platform. She has taught ‘Art-based Research Methods’ courses in the Ph.D. program on Sustainability Education at Prescott College and the University of Washington’s Graduate Program on Education, Environment and Community at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA. While teaching at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Woolery co-led a summer science communication camp for high school students: The Arts As A Portal to Science, held in collaboration with MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center, where she also taught a session on: The visual image as a language to communicate science.
Woolery presents at national and international science conferences on such topics as: Data at the intersection of art and science; Explore science, enter through the arts; and The Litmus Test Dress Project: A participatory science research project exploring art-based discourse applicable to public environmental policy on global water initiatives.