Image by A.Z. Horodysky (modified from Lennox et al. 2017)

Art in the Service of Science

Scientific illustration is a medium of communication that simplifies complex concepts, elucidates fine details, and engages viewers to make scientific content accessible and inclusive to all audiences.

There are many forms of scientific illustration, including traditional natural history drawings of flora and fauna, medical illustrations, methodological depictions of mechanisms and methods, process-oriented conceptual diagrams, and infographics and data visualizations. The Horodysky lab applies scientific illustration heavily across the Boyer Model of scholarship of:  a) discovery, b) integration, c) application, and d) teaching and learning.

Dr. Horodysky collaborates with colleagues to illustrate scientific methods and concepts for presentations and publications. A few of these collaborations are listed here:

100 pressing questions on the future of global fish migration science, conservation, and policy

What makes fish vulnerable to capture by hooks? A conceptual framework and a review of key determinants

Fisheries conservation on the high seas: linking conservation physiology and fisheries ecology for the management of large pelagic fishes.

If you have scientific illustration needs and/or are interested in collaborative opportunities, please send an email to

Illustration Examples

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