Liz Anna Kozik is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of science communication, environmental humanities, and art. Her research focuses on the myriad culturo-scientific facets of ecological restoration in the American Midwest. Through comics and an active social media presence, she shares stories of the practices, people, and history of prairie restoration.


University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies
Ph.D, Environment & Resource

University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Human Ecology
Master of Fine Arts, Design Studies

Rhode Island School of Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking
History of Art and Visual Culture Concentrator



Habitat Fragmentation, (2019)
A comic adaption of Damschen et al’s “Ongoing Accumulation of Plant Diversity through Habitat Connectivity in an 18-Year Experiment.” Science 365 (6460): 1478–80.

Seeing Plant Literacy Through Skyrim, (2019)
A reflection on video games and ways of teaching people to see the diversity of their environments. Originally published on Optional Objectives

Science Storytelling: Experiments from the Image Lab (2019)
A reflection on Science Communication and my time running the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Insitute for Discovery, Fall 2018.

Prairie Cuttings #2 (2017-19)
A selection of works in science communication and public environmental humanities from 2017-2018

Stories in the Land – Tales of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum (2017)
Master’s Thesis for Masters of Fine Arts in Human Ecology

The Period Room and Convenient Fiction (2014)
A history of the ebb and flow of “restoring” entire environments in art museums


Science Communication Fellow
University of Wisconsin Arboretum
University of Wisconsin – Madison


Teaching Assistant
Lynda Barry
University of Wisconsin – Madison


Artist Assistant
Marianne Fairbanks
University of Wisconsin – Madison


Ruth Davis Design Gallery
Gallery Assistant
University of Wisconsin – Madison


Trade Associates Group, Ltd.
Surface and Product Designer
Chicago, Illinois


Lillstreet Art Center
Textiles and Printmaking Monitor & Teaching Assistant
Chicago, Illinois
A Wisconsin grad is using art to educate about the school’s prairie past
Big Ten Network: BTN Live BIG
Student art exhibit explores Arboretum prairies through comics, stories
University of Wisconsin News
Comics at the Arboretum
Earthlinks on WORT 89.9 FM