cyan-biologist:

Roommate: Why are there dead bugs in the fridge?
Me:
Me:
Me:
Me: Science.

Oh my god this is me but with small dead animals in the freezer. But I stopped doing that, I swear. I don’t have a decomp setup at the moment.

My room still has more dead things than living things.

(Source: windsweptwings)

Exhibit in September with accompanying prints

The (closing) reception for the SONSI 2014 Exhibit is this Saturday the 18th at The Lindsay Gallery in Lindsay, Ontario (go check it out if you’re in the area!). Here is a post with the details. Several of the exhibitors including me will be speaking briefly about the pieces we’re exhibiting. If you are interested in prints of my pieces, they are available at www.inprnt.com/gallery/rkherman.

rkherman:

Hey guys, I am part of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group and their 2014 Exhibit is coming up soon in September. I am offering prints of the 2 illustrations I have entered, which are the Western Honey Bee and the Black-eyed Hermit Crab.

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If you like decorating your walls with invertebrates, you can buy these prints from my INPRNT store: www.inprnt.com/gallery/rkherman

Exhibit in September/October with accompanying prints!

My exhibit with the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group is on right now at The Lindsay Gallery in Lindsay, Ontario (go check it out if you’re in the area!). Here is a post with the details. I am also offering prints of my entries at www.inprnt.com/gallery/rkherman.

rkherman:

Hey guys, I am part of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group and their 2014 Exhibit is coming up soon in September. I am offering prints of the 2 illustrations I have entered, which are the Western Honey Bee and the Black-eyed Hermit Crab.

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If you like decorating your walls with invertebrates, you can buy these prints  from my INPRNT store (and apparently there’s free worldwide shipping through Sunday): www.inprnt.com/gallery/rkherman

(via chengeling)

My poster entry for NSF’s Vizzies! The sea slug Elysia chlorotica is an awesome creature, able to photosynthesize like a plant! You can find out more about it in the sources below:
Dr. Sidney Pierce talks about his research on Elysia chlorotica at TEDxTampaBay
Elysia chlorotica in Cataloging Diversity in the Sacoglossa
Bleakney, J.S. (1996). Sea Slugs of Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of Maine. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing and The Nova Scotia Museum.
Mujer, C.V., Andrews, D.L., Manhart, J.R., Pierce, S.K., & Rumpho, M.E. (1996). Chloroplast genes are expressed during intracellular symbiotic association of Vaucheria litorea plastids with the sea slug Elysia chlorotica. Cell Biology, 93, 12333-12338.
Thompson, T.E. (1976). Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs (Vol 1). London: The Ray Society.

My poster entry for NSF’s Vizzies! The sea slug Elysia chlorotica is an awesome creature, able to photosynthesize like a plant! You can find out more about it in the sources below:

Dr. Sidney Pierce talks about his research on Elysia chlorotica at TEDxTampaBay

Elysia chlorotica in Cataloging Diversity in the Sacoglossa

Bleakney, J.S. (1996). Sea Slugs of Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of Maine. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing and The Nova Scotia Museum.

Mujer, C.V., Andrews, D.L., Manhart, J.R., Pierce, S.K., & Rumpho, M.E. (1996). Chloroplast genes are expressed during intracellular symbiotic association of Vaucheria litorea plastids with the sea slug Elysia chlorotica. Cell Biology, 93, 12333-12338.

Thompson, T.E. (1976). Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs (Vol 1). London: The Ray Society.

Organisms that spend part of their life cycle as plankton are called meroplankton. These are usually the larval or early stages of reef creatures such as sea urchins, sea stars, crustaceans, worms, gastropods, and fish. Meroplankton either feed on the nutrients from the egg they hatched from, or they feed on other plankton. Meroplankton also look vastly different from their adult forms, and in the past the larvae were believed to be completely different species from the adults.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meroplankton

Species featured:

Common starfish (Asterias rubens

Green crab (Carcinus maenas)

Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

Peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)

Purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)

Nemertean worm (Micrura alaskensis)

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Inspired by Rosemary Mosco's "When I Grow Up…"

I spotted a midland painted turtle this summer, and I’m glad I got to see one up close. I only picked it up because it was heading out of the park towards a busy road, and I released it into the pond in the background. I am holding it gingerly because it fought me the whole way- look at those claws!

Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.

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Sources:

Ode To The Dandelion

http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/ode-to-the-dandelion/

Taraxacum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum

Taraxacum officinale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum_officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=september_cover

One of North America’s most hated plants #dandelion #weed #wip

One of North America’s most hated plants #dandelion #weed #wip

Exhibit in September with accompanying prints

Hey guys, I am part of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group and their 2014 Exhibit is coming up soon in September. I am offering prints of the 2 illustrations I have entered, which are the Western Honey Bee and the Black-eyed Hermit Crab.

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If you like decorating your walls with invertebrates, you can buy these prints  from my INPRNT store (and apparently there’s free worldwide shipping through Sunday): www.inprnt.com/gallery/rkherman

Too bad there isn’t time to do everything

Busy with some freelance work and the weekly Final Fantasy comic, but I will be getting back to scientific illustration soon.