Event Title

How Do You Describe a New Species? Botanical Illustration of Gysophilic Plants from the Chihuahan Desert, Mexico

Presenter Information

Elena Loke, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 337

Start Date

4-29-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 2:30 PM

Abstract

In today’s technology-dominated society, botanical illustration may seem like a throwback to the past. Why spend so much time doing botanical illustration when you can just take a photograph and call it done? Botanical illustration allows the artist to depict the true essence of the plant in a way that a photograph cannot. Exploration of the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico by the Moore lab has led to the discovery of new plant species on gypsum deposits. I illustrated multiple new species and worked with Professor Moore on a species description of the new Acleisanthes species.

Notes

Session I, Panel 4 - Media Studies: Representations of the Real in Biology and Geology
Moderator: Karla Hubbard, Associate Professor of Geology

Major

Biology

Advisor(s)

Roger Laushman, Biology

Project Mentor(s)

Michael Moore, Biology

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How Do You Describe a New Species? Botanical Illustration of Gysophilic Plants from the Chihuahan Desert, Mexico

King Building 337

In today’s technology-dominated society, botanical illustration may seem like a throwback to the past. Why spend so much time doing botanical illustration when you can just take a photograph and call it done? Botanical illustration allows the artist to depict the true essence of the plant in a way that a photograph cannot. Exploration of the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico by the Moore lab has led to the discovery of new plant species on gypsum deposits. I illustrated multiple new species and worked with Professor Moore on a species description of the new Acleisanthes species.