2017 Science in the Studio Awardee

The 2017 Science in Studio award was designed to foster salmon culture in California. Millions of wild Chinook salmon once returned to spawn in the foothills and mountains of California’s Central Valley. Today, many salmon—including Sacramento River winter-run Chinook—are facing extinction. The recovery efforts of these salmon hinge on increasing public awareness of the cultural, economic, and ecological importance of salmon. The 2017 Science in Studio awardee, Anke Gladnick, developed illustrations for our children’s book, An Incredible Journey. This book aims to ensure that salmon are a deep and rich part of California’s culture and that people are inspired to protect their watersheds and the salmon living in them.

About the Artist

Anke Gladnick

Anke Gladnick is an artist and illustrator who grew up in California and found their way to Portland, Oregon. Through a mix of collaged analog and digital elements, Anke’s work is both visually and conceptually layered, with a focus on the surreal. They are inspired by dreams, nostalgia, and the small yet impressionable moments found in everyday life.

“I was really excited to get the chance to work with NOAA for the Science in Studio award; As a student in the arts, it’s easy to wonder why you’re creating work, if it serves a purpose beyond the scope of a classroom assignment or personal expression. I wanted to participate in Science in Studio to utilize my creative thinking and illustration skills in service to a project for a cause that I believed in, and that is exactly what I experienced. Working with the NOAA allowed me to transition from student to creative professional along with the incredible opportunity to be immersed in and communicate the salmon’s struggle for survival in California.”

The Illustrations

Take Action

There are many things that you can do at home, work, and school to become a steward for salmon and their habitat.

Be Water Wise

Use less water for cleaning, flushing, and showering; replace your lawn with native, drought-resistant plants and water them early in the day; eat less meat and dairy products; and reuse greywater.

Conserve Electricity

Turn off lights and electronics when not in use and unplug unused electronics. Using less electricity decreases the demand for dam-generated electricity.

Reduce your Footprint

Rethink and reduce purchases; reuse products and packing before throwing them out; compost and recycle when possible; and bike, bus, and carpool.

Restore Habitat

Volunteer with your local stream team or green team to plant native species, clean up litter, remove invasive species, and create rain gardens.

Minimize Toxic Runoff

Use fewer pesticides, fertilizers, and household chemicals; dispose of pet waste properly; wash your car at commercial car washes; and maintain your vehicles.

Eat Sustainable Seafood

Visit FishWatch to learn how to choose seafood with a smaller impact on the environment.