Casey Merkle is a nature-culture-sustainability scholar from the Rhode Island School of Design, writer, educator, and artist. Her research dives into watery landscapes, bridging human perception and our representations of space looking closely with others’ personal experiences. Casey has an MA in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies from RISD, and a BA in Biology from Lawrence University.

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Counter-cartography in watery spaces

Spring 2022
Blackstone River watershed map

An example of counter-cartography in mapping the Blackstone River watershed. It moves away from traditional mapping techniques toward personal and grounded elements, like showing places of importance to the individual and wildlife.

Winter 2021
Canterbury Brook watershed map

This map represents the movements of subterannean water and the collection of toxic groundwater overtime in wetlands.