Melissa Stang

Sep 22, 2010 No Comments by Sea Stories


Melissa Stang describes herself as a visual artist who is also a reasonably knowledgeable amateur naturalist.  Travel is extremely important to the development of her work.  She’s been on four trips to Mexico and Costa Rica to study sea turtle conservation efforts, and as a consequence, became aware of the effects of plastic garbage, habitat destruction, and over-fishing on the ecosystem and local economy.  Since 2003, Melissa has been developing a body of work that explores issues effecting marine ecosystems.

Most people realize that the clock is ticking on marine environmental issues. Therefore, Melissa wants to use her work to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about how what we buy, eat, use, and throw away all has long range impact on the world around us.  She would love to partner with an ecological organization like Blue Ocean and/or a natural history museum or aquarium.  Melissa would also like to meet artists with similar goals and encourages interested parties to contact her at  There, you can see more examples of her work and also send a message.

Melissa would like to extend her appreciation to the following organizations that have generously supported the development of this work:  The Jerome Travel and Study Grant though the Jerome Foundation (St.Paul, MN), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (New York, NY), and The Puffin Foundation (Teaneck, NJ).

Autumnal 2010, Coastal Zone

About the Editors

Casey R. Schulke grew up along the Kuskokwim River in a rural Athabascan village in Alaska fishing for king salmon and mushing her sled dog team. She now resides on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. Casey's a poet, a naturalist, a dog-lover, has two birds, and is married to a wonderful man.
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