Megan Brief is a multimedia storyteller and science communicator who holds a Master of Arts in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies from Rhode Island School of Design. While at RISD, she studied the “Art and Science of Conservation” in South Africa as a Creature Conserve Scholar; served as the Nature Lab’s Communications and Engagement Graduate Assistant; and published her thesis, "Exploring Multimedia Storytelling as a Novel Tool to Inspire Americans to Participate in Wildlife Conservation.” The work paired science-informed narratives with photographs to evoke empathy for the endangered animals and local people impacted by the illegal wildlife trade. It was largely informed by courses in evolutionary biology, critical animal studies, Anthropocene studies, urban ecology, theories of nature-culture, and political ecologies.
Megan's thesis was selected from a breadth of research published within the past five years to represent Rhode Island School of Design's NCSS Department in the multimedia exhibition: There Are Many Ways of Telling / 18 Perspectives on Voice. Exhibit curators Anne West and Mark Moscone sought work that "demonstrates a rigorous and imaginative engagement with the written word." The exhibit can be viewed digitally, or in-person at the Sol Koffler Gallery through October 3rd.
Through photojournalism, Megan explores intersectional solutions to combat social and environmental injustices. Her visual narratives depict human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, and aspire to inform science research and legislation in the most vulnerable communities. She has recorded the effect of ice-melt on harp seal migrations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; documented the anthropogenic footprint in New York’s Hudson Valley; tracked endangered pangolins across African savannas; and observed the intimate entanglements shared by Indigenous stewards and imperiled wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
This fall, Megan’s graduate research will be exhibited at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China as part of their International Conference on Art and Design Education: ASK Our Diverse World.