About Me

A scientist by training with a lifelong love of art.

Louise Arnal

Most PhD students will experience challenging moments during their PhD. My way to cope with these harder times was to bring together two of my passions: science & art. I started by making small doodles of work-related activities, and gradually, I began creating bigger artworks to communicate my PhD topic to a wide audience and started this blog to share my latest SciArtistic projects with you.

I grew up in a family of artists and art has always been a part of my life. But when I started studying science at University, I put art aside, thinking I had to focus on the science I do. Ironically, art is the reason I am a Dr. today. As time went by, art developed into more than a simple and fun tool to communicate my research, and a beautiful symbiosis between the science and the art I do began to emerge. Through my art, I got a new perspective on science, learning to write better scientific papers, and challenging the way I (and the scientific community) have been tackling challenges in the field. Science has in turn inspired my artistic practice. I find the combination of science & art (SciArt) a fascinating process.

I recently finished my PhD on The Art of Streamflow Forecasting over Europe at the University of Reading and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading (UK). I am now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan Coldwater Lab in Canmore (Alberta, Canada). My research focuses on forecasting the water flow in North American rivers weeks to months in advance. I do this using our understanding of the water cycle, mathematical equations and supercomputers. This work is useful as it can help us predict floods & droughts longer in advance! As part of my Postdoc., I also explore the fusion of SciArt to engage with a wide audience on water-related topics.

I am the founder & lead curator of the Virtual Water Gallery and an Editor of ConciliARTe, the science & audio-visual arts section of the Consilience Journal.

I am open to collaborations & discussions!