Lucy Holtsnider

Lucy is an environmental artist working in book arts, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to comment on areas of overlap between natural and man-made environments. Her work is place-based and uses patterns and textures to give historical and regional context to the interactions between built constructions and natural phenomena.

Throughout the Climate Odyssey expedition, Lucy photographed climate change impacts and adaptations, joined Zion in classroom visits and outreach, maintained the website, interactive map, and blog, and continued to make her own art. 

Lucy is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her portfolio and resume can be found at Get in touch at

Zion Klos

Zion is an environmental scientist specializing in hydrology and climate change communication. His research experience spans a diversity of climate and water related issues, from questions of future water availability in mountain, tropical, and coastal systems, to projects understanding how our choices as people affect the dynamics of landscapes and their ability to provide ecosystem services worldwide. He also collaborates outside of his own discipline with social and cognitive scientists by focusing on projects that explore how we best communicate the science of climate change to diverse audiences in rural America.

Zion has also taught courses through visiting professorships at Colorado College, Quest University Canada, and the University of Idaho. For more information about Zion’s experience and publications visit

Zion also gained significant experience as a sailor in 2000 and 2001 when the Klos family used their home-built wooden catamaran to sail from Wisconsin, down the Mississippi River to the Caribbean, and then back via the Atlantic Coast.

Lucy and Zion Together

Art Science Collaboration

Our skills are both diverse and complementary, making us ideal collaborators to tackle the transdisciplinary challenge of raising awareness about coastal climate change impacts and adaptations. Zion’s research builds off of other’s work in the psychology of climate change communication showing that emotional messages, accomplished effectively through art, are one of the most powerful ways to engage those who remain uncertain. The artists' book edition bridges art and science, making scientific findings on climate change accessible and approachable to a wide audience.

Both sailing and bookmaking are imbued with a rich history of craftsmanship. Our skilled hands rigged the sails and guided the tiller, as well as folding paper and stitching together book forms. In contrast to these traditional techniques we used digital photography and online interfaces daily to share our journey. This unique juxtaposition between old and new widens our audience to passionate makers, sailors, and scientists alike. We're eager to invite this diversity of communities to participate in a dialogue about the pressing challenge of overcoming coastal vulnerability to climate change.

Friends of Climate Odyssey

Inian Islands Institute, An innovative field research school currently under construction in the wilderness of Southeast Alaska. 

Rediscover the Prairie, A 2014 horse packing expedition documenting what remains of the Great American Prairie through the eyes of a poet and naturalist. 

Friction of Terrain, A bicycle transact through southern China into northern Laos, focused on exploring the dynamics of development and change in the remote, rugged uplands. 

Down the Colorado, A documentary and series video episodes covering a pair of expeditions from two sources of the Colorado River to the sea where the river once emptied.