The North American river otter (top) is much sleeker than its bulky cousin, the California sea otter (bottom) created for Science Notes, University of California, Santa Cruz
Smith's Blue Butterfly
Smith's Blue Butterfly, Euphilotes enoptes smithi
Anatomy of the Eye
Arteries of the head and neck
Sternoclavicular Joint Injury
Phineas Gage Medical Marvel
Field Guide: Tanagers of Costa Rica
Tangara is a large genus of birds of the tanager family. It includes about 50 species, 8 of which are found in Costa Rica. Tangara are from the Neotropics, and while most are fairly widespread, some have small distributions and are threatened. They are fairly small, approximately 5 inches. This genus includes some of the most spectacularly colored birds of the world.
Seed Wheel Link
Designed to help urban gardeners save seeds to re-plant in the future or trade with others, this durable wheel is made to be used in the garden. It is double-sided, with one side describing how to save seeds from "wet seeds" (cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, etc) and the other describing how to save "dry seeds" (from flowering vegetables such as lettuce and kale).
Side of wheel instructs users how to save seeds from flowering vegetables considered to have "dry seeds" such as turnips and carrots
Specific information to each vegetable is revealed in cut-out boxes on the wheel
Diagrams follow the five main steps in seed saving.
Social Good Design Award 2013 Winning Entry Semifinalist for Adobe Design Awards 2012 Winning entry for Applied Arts Magazine 2012
Great Green Macaw
Panel describing the mutualistic relationship between the Great Green Macaw and the Almendro Tree. These macaws rely on the unripe almonds the tree produces before flowering and they have the beak strength to crack them.
Bird migration phenomenon takes place many thousands of meters above the ground and between distant locales and therefore remains largely invisible to human observers. The goal of this thesis project is to bring migration into focus by using environmental graphic design installations that highlight Toronto’s role as a stopover site for migratory birds and activating a site on the city’s waterfront. The final design artifact is composed of the following site-specific elements (not currently installed).
Clockwork is a mural that functions like a vertical sundial to reveal the cyclical nature of seasonal migration. Depending on the time of year, the sun's position in the sky will cast a shadow that lands in one of three horizontal sections on the mural. The top section represents winter in North America, the middle indicates fall and spring, and the bottom represents summer. Migratory birds spend the winter months in Central and South America and summer in the boreal forest of Northern Canada.
Flight Patterns Interpretive Panel installed on the west end of the boardwalk at Toronto's waterfront to indicate the many kilometers travelled by birds migrating from Central and South America to Toronto. At each end of the boardwalk there is a large interpretive panel with a map to give viewers a reference of the distances they will come across along the boardwalk.
Hot Spot Interpretive Panel installed on the east end of the boardwalk displaying maps of three major 'hot spots' that migratory birds use when stopping over in the city to refuel before continuing further north. Sites include High Park, Leslie Street Spit and the Toronto Islands.
Monterey Canyon is the deepest submarine canyon with amazing creatures that evolved to thrive at these depths.