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May 18, 2020

Life Finds a Way: Lessons from the Eruption of Mount St. Helens Forty Years Later

May 18 marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Writer Adelheid Fischer and photographer Buzzy Sullivan offer this meditation on the lessons we’ve learned about how nature responds to catastrophic disturbance.


Full article here. Adelheid Fischer is the assistant director of the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University, a collaboration between ASU and Biomimicry 3.8 that facilitates biomimicry education and research. Fischer also is an award-winning writer of natural history. In 2017 she and Arizona landscape photographer Buzzy Sullivan traveled to Mount St. Helens as part of a project to investigate the landscape’s response to catastrophic disturbance. A collection of Sullivan’s photographs are on view in the exhibition “Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art” at the Portland Art Museum.https://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/volcano/
Volcanic bomb and dust from landslide, Approximately one mile north of the lava dome, Buzzy Sullivan.