Art World

Heather R. Spence
Heather R. Spence

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow,
U.S. Department of Energy
and Co-founder and President, GRACIASS 

Heather is a marine biologist and musician who uses science and art to harmonize human-environment interactions. Her Passive Acoustic Monitoring research program on the MesoAmerican Reef is featured in the award-winning microdocumentary World of Sound (, and is explored in her composition for viola da gamba trio, Vale la Pena? (Is it worth it?) derived from a technical study commissioned by the Mexican government ( She composes music inspired by, and inspiring, conservation and performs internationally as a cellist and gambist. ( Heather was the 2017 NAKFI fellow at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and is a 2017-2019 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the US Department of Energy in the Water Power Technologies Office.