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.

A Black-eyed Hermit Crab (Pagurus armatus) using the shell of a Lewis’s Moon Snail (Neverita lewisii).

The first image is a phantom view, and the second one is an animated gif, both showing what the hermit crab’s body looks like inside the shell.

(Apparently animated gifs is the cool thing to do, so I thought I’d see how it can enhance scientific illustration.)

Hermit crab WIP
Edit: Completed illustration here.

Hermit crab WIP

Edit: Completed illustration here.

escarion:

Finally starting this personal project of mine, now that I feel I can tell this story well. To start, here are some finalized face designs of the four main characters.

I’m starting a webcomic! If you like elemental magic and epic adventures (and dragons), follow my comic at escarion.tumblr.com